Hello everyone! I feel that I have to share my story after so much reading blogs and posts of my own and so much fear I had built up inside me prior to my ACDF surgery. I will start by saying that I am a 35-year old father of 2, I stay active by lifting weights 4-5 days a week. I am overall in great health. Non-smoker, non-drinker. About 6 months ago, I had a tingling sensation in my right hand. It would come and go, but never stay persistent for any longer than 5-10 minutes. I did some research and found that the symptoms I was seeing were indicative of a pinched nerve. I visited the chiropractor a couple times, but to no avail. After dealing with the tingling sensation for about 3 months, I noticed that I then had a very rapid loss of strength in my right tricep, the same side as the symptoms in my hand. My tricep muscle had also atrophied considerably. I decided it was then time to take action and find out what specifically I had going on. I had an MRI, as recommended by my chiropractor and general physician. The MRI showed that I had a herniated disc at C6-C7 and some bone spurring going on at C5-C6. This, of course, was devastating news, because it meant surgery. I sought a second and third opinion, all of which agreed that considering this was affecting my muscles, and ultimately my central nervous system, that surgery was the best path forward. I read and read and read and read. The more I read, the more horror stories I read about post-op issues. Guys and gals, listen up, I had my surgery done 2 days ago and other than a stiff neck, I fee absolutely fine. I have been given orders to avoid lifting 10-15lbs for 4-6 weeks, to not extend my range of motion, and avoid lifting my arms over my head. I got so worked up for nothing. So far, so good for me. I was prescribed hydrochodone and a muscle relaxer at discharge from the hospital, I have been taking a single hydro every 3-4 hours. I feel great and so far I am loving my results. I need to let you all know that there are SOOOO many negative posts on here about this surgery and the results following, I just have not seen them. Of course, I am very early on and have no idea yet what kind of muscle mass and strength I will regain, but nonetheless, the surgery is complete. If anyone has any questions for me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as I feel that I need to help others in getting answers, because I tore myself apart reading about ACDF surgeries.
Take care and best wishes-