My MRI shows moderate to severe compression of my spinal cord at C5-6. I was having pain down my arm and tingling. The pain is now subsided, and most days I feel great, not even needing to take motrin. I do have some mild tingling in my left thumb on a daily basis, and sometimes my muscles in my neck feel sore, but nothing more.
I am a 37-year old female, and extremely active. I practice yoga 3-4 times a week, run 1-2 times a week, and love to downhill ski. I haven't taken more than 10 days off of working out in 3 years. I don't see myself doing that anytime soon, either. The thought of surgery scares the crap out of me, to be honest.
Every medical professional I have seen that has seen my MRI (neurologist, two NS, and my PT) says my MRI is really bad, and some of them have said they can't believe I'm able to be as active as I am. My PT even said he can't believe that I am able to even walk.
I am still doing yoga, although they stopped me from running, so now I walk. I go back to the NS on 10/23 and will likely schedule surgery.
If I get a one-level fusion, what can I really expect as far as recovery? I know that everyone is different, but the thought of taking more than 2 weeks off of working out drives me insane. I need to get up and go - my body is active and I want it to stay that way. I've been told no skiing in 2015 and the thought of this makes me crazy.
Thanks in advance,