I'm going in for 3 level ACDF surgery next Thursday, 9/11 for A4-A5, A5-A6, and A6-A7. I have spinal cord compression at the A4/5 level and have been suffering with pain down my arms and into my shoulder blades since January. My surgery was originally scheduled for 9/2, and I was just about to be rolled into the OR when one of the nurses thought I felt warm. Sure enough, I had a slight fever and the end result was a postponed surgery.
I've been silently reading the boards for months now. I know everyone's recovery is different, and overall this is a very successful surgery. But my anxiety and stress is THROUGH the ROOF! I've been taking Ativan as needed but this has been all consuming. I'm so scared - mostly scared of the long term effects of the surgery. It's non-sensical, since my quality of life with pain is not great now. I'm only 43 so this seems so radical for someone so young.
Any suggestions on how to get through the next 6 days without having a complete and total nervous breakdown?