Maybe you can help shed some light on a topic that I can't seem to get a straight answer on. This coming Thursday, after a year of pain and agony and misdiagnoses, I'm having ACDF surgery - C5, 6, & 7. Seems as though they've degenerated, crumbled, made toast out of the disks which has wreaked havoc on the nerves and my left shoulder and arm.
Five years ago I wouldn't have cared. I was fat and lazy and would have enjoyed another excuse to feel sorry for myself and have access to narcotics.
Today, I am an incredibly active individual, healthy, with a full schedule of weight lifting, swimming, and yoga. Last fall I even began yoga teacher training which I am smack dab in the middle of.
Now, I'm reading and hearing that my recovery might be long, and painful, and restrictive. Funny, my neurosurgeon, who everyone here where I live, claims to be superior quality, never mentioned excessive difficulty with recovery.
He did say no yoga for 3 months which is pretty much gonna kill me. I was told treadmill was fine.
As I said, I've read so many differing opinions, and enough horror stories to make me want to back out of the surgery.
Does anyone have any good news?
Anyone out there who has had this surgery and an extremely active adult?