I recently got scheduled for a 2 level ACDF on May 30th and I am so ready to be feeling better. I am 37, with the neck of a 65 year old according to my NS, and I have been active my entire life with the exception of the past 6-9 months when the pain is too bad. I have been living on Norco 7.5 all day long and Zanaflex to sleep at night and I am tired of feeling like I belong on an episode of the "Walking Dead".
I have been through 2 ESI's and weeks of PT, which were both unsuccessful, so we decided to go the route of surgery. My NS said that there on top of the fustion, there are quite a few bone spurs that he will remove while he is in there and that I will feel like I have a new neck when he is done. Good thing, because I am sick of the one that I have! It has been a long road to this point and I really feel like I am sitting around watching my life go by while I am waiting for this to get fixed.
Thank you to everyone that has posted pointers to us newbies... I feel like I am more prepared to go into this now. I have a recliner for sleep and several button up sleep shirts. I just ordered a cervical traction pillow and I am looking for a wedge pillow. Plus, I have arranged for my mom to come stay with me for the first 2 weeks. All of these suggestions from this forum!
ACDF C5-7: 5/30/13