Just joined the forum and thought I'd introduce myself. I am a 53 yr old mother of 3. The 2 oldest have left home and daughter is married witrh 2 children. My youngest son is in his final year at school and has important exams next year. Unfortunately, after suffering from arthritis and DDD for the past 10 years, I have finally realised that having surgery on my neck is the only option. I really don't want my son to be under undue stress but I am at the stage where I can hardly hold anything for more than a few seconds. I have also experienced pain and numbness to the side of my face/head and the final straw was when I had an attack of acute sciatica. Doctor said that this might have been caused by the herniated disc pressing on the actual spinal cord, rather than the nerves so I don't want to risk anything getting worse. I am not sure how long the NHS waiting list is but I can't sfford to be treated privately, so the sooner I get referred the better. Am seeing the spinal surgeon next Thursday, so hopefully can get things rolling.
Would be interested to hear from anyone who has had ACDF surgery and find out how they got on and how long they took to recover.
Thanks in anticipation of your replies.