I had acdf surgery Sept 9th to remove a disc that was herniated and compressing on my spinal cord and had myelopathy that was progressing. I dealt with pain for about 3 yrs before this on and off until the last year which was almost constant. I was constantly having issues at my job that caused me to not be able to perform certain duties and call in sick because I couldn't perform the job at all some days. I had 2 friends that went through acdf surgeries before I went out and they came back pretty much brand new not having any further issues(or that's what they told me anyways). They expect that when I come back that I will be able to do everything like nothing ever happened. I am still in pain every day, I still have limitations to what I can do and still having flare ups, toes going numb as well as my fingers when trying to write or holding the phone. I am going through physical therapy to help these issues and told the doctor. I cant afford to be off any longer from work. I have to go back to work.
I don't regret surgery because it had to be done. I just don't think that the surgery has done enough to help me at this point. I feel a lot of pressure to move on like everything is just fine and everything is fixed. Anyone else feel like this? How are you dealing with it?