My name is Jake and I just met with my Neurosurgeon this past Monday (3-31-14) and he recommended a Level 3 ACDF. I have herniations at all levels with spinal cord compression. The pain is in my right arm, specifically my shoulder and hand. I only first noticed symptoms this past December/January. I have surgery scheduled for April 18. At this point I am going ahead with surgery since most articles I have read suggest that my younger age and short length of symptoms should elicit a higher chance of surgical success.
That being said, I am curious if anyone has any suggestions or helpful tips to aid with recovery. I am a very active and focused person. I am a farmer and am used to being extremely physically active and want to not only get back on my feet as soon as possible (harvest this fall will be here before you know it), but I want to ensure the best possible outcome for the long term. I have two small children, and would love to have more, and i want to be able to pick them up and rough house with them for many years.
Thanks for taking the time to check out my post. This has all come on very suddenly and I am doing all I can to get as much information as possible.