So, I had acdf C6-7 surgery 5 days ago and feel almost too good. I'm a little spooked by my painlessness and mobility. I had mentally geared myself and my family up for a protracted and difficult post surgery period and honestly, I am almost feeling sheepish that I played it up so much since I am feeling almost great.
I am days shy of 45 and an athlete. I have beaten the hell out of my body since childhood and have lived with nearly constant cervical spinal pain for 18 years. I decided to go ahead with the surgery after my disc ruptured (while i was sleeping) spiraling me into absolute agony, leaving me with a quasi-useless right arm and numb fingers. I'm sure many can relate... For me, this diminished ability and sensation was unacceptable and and so with some trepidation I opted for the acdf and as of today I am so very glad that I went forward with it.
I still have finger numbness and have no idea if it will diminish or my arm strength will fully return but I do know that I have a great surgeon who has given me an opportunity to get back to some sense of normalcy..although the new normal will include walking and hiking not racing and shredding any more.
Just wanted to share this as I am amazed and grateful to feel simply good.