First and foremost, I can't believe I waited this long to come here...been reading many posts about surgeries, pre-op preparation and more and I feel like I hit the jackpot because there's finally someone who can relate to what I am feeling and going through, so thank you in advance for any input you can provide.
I am a 43 yr old female who will be undergoing surgery on Sept 4th for a two level ACDF at C5-6 and C6-7. After almost 4 yrs of pain, numbness, tingling and bilateral Carpal Tunnel Release surgeries, I was referred to a neurosurgeon for a consultation. After having an MRI with and without contrast, I was immediately told I was a candidate for this type of surgery and was terrified. Not only do I have the disc herniation, but I also have a bone spur, some spinal cord injury and a syrinx located in the same area. This has caused numbness that is now reaching my leg and foot. My concern was why such an urgent need for surgery? I was hoping to put this surgery off until next year when I would have more time available to be off from work without having to worry about my financial needs. However, the surgeon and other doctors have advised me to have surgery immediately to avoid the risk of paralysis? Now this really freaked me out!
I am not worried about the actual surgery because I know this doctor has a great reputation and even though he explained the procedure, I am still confused about the actual procedure but more than anything scared and worried about the post-op, recovery and my future. I have no clue what to expect. I have an appointment with the surgeon next week to ask about these questions which should have been asked in previous appointments. I am having severe anxiety as the date gets closer which I am sure is normal but I am trying my best to stay strong and positive. My boyfriend lives with me and will be helping me as will my family who live next door but I don't think they realize the severity of this surgery and the limitations I will be faced with afterwards ;(
In the meantime, any feedback would be greatly appreciate it especially if you have already had this type of surgery. I am also here to be a support buddy for those waiting for surgery. This support group is the best and I hope I can contribute by sharing my experience with others.
Thanks for listening and I look forward to your advice!
Dazed & Confused in LA with C5-C7 ACDF