New to the group. I'm a 51 y/o male diagnosed with a herniated C5/C6 disc. It started with pain in my left shoulder last summer that was mis-diagnosed as a strained rotator cuff. After the physical therapy had no effect and the pain got worse and then started radiating down my arm to my hand, followed by tingling and numbness, I was referred to a neurosurgeon. After X-rays and an MRI came the above diagnosis.
Back to physical therapy which did not help, then I had my first corticosteriod injection and the pain went away almost immediatly. Unfortunately, the pain was back within a month. Two more injections later, back to the doctor. The pain and tingling is worse now, to the point where I need half (3.5mg) of an Oxycodone once or twice a day to get through the day.
Anyway, the doctor who is performing the surgery has done over 100 of these procedures, and the only complications he has had have been in elderly patients (osteoporosis, obesity, etc.). I'm in good shape, I run and lift weights, and am nowhere near overweight.
It's not the surgery that concerns me, so much as the recovery time. From what I've read, I won't be able to do *anything* for at least two weeks post-surgery (no driving, no bending, no lifting anything heavier than a carton of milk), and then a good three to six months until I'm completely healed.
Is that the norm? Can some of you share your post-surgery experiences as to how long it took you to get back to your normal routines/activities?