hi all -- after 10 months of struggling with severe neck/back/arm pain i've finally decided to move forward with an ACDF procedure on one level (c6/7), scheduled for october. after consulting with multiple doctors, this seems to be the best possible option.
i do however have a dilemma -- i moved to new orleans about 2 months before my initial diagnosis & since that time, all i've really done is work and stay at home due to all the pain i've been having. because of that, i haven't really had the opportunity to make any friends here. i live by myself and i don't really have anyone in new orleans who can watch over me during my recovery.
my mom is coming to new orleans from new mexico to be with me during the surgery and for a few days afterwards. i'm wondering if I would be fit to travel back to new mexico (by car, 14 hours total) a few days after the surgery & stay there for a while.
has anyone had experience traveling post-ACDF? my doctor said its probably not a good idea -- but the prospect of staying in new orleans by myself scares me more than a long car ride.
any advice is appreciated -- thanks in advance!