Near the tale end of September 2014 I was in bad shape. The pain and numbness was severe and lasted from early morning until the time I went to sleep. There was no respite except for the first hour of the day and eventually that was gone to. Even worse than the pain and numbness was the uncertainty of it all. It was not yet known what my course of action would be, I didn't know if I would lose my arms or if I was destined for a life of medication and failed treatments. I also could no longer use my hands for more than a few minutes at a time. Being a small business owner there is no disability that I could rely on so I would have lost it all.
Here I am, eight months post ACDF and three months post distal clavicle recision and things have turned around dramatically. It wasn't a fast ride but I made it, 15 miles at a 13 mph pace. It was hot, my lower neck was sore and my shoulder hurt but it felt good to get back in the saddle. And an amazing thing happened, even though I wasn't on a hard ride I got a flood of endorphins that washed the pain away. It happened at about mile ten.
I am now resting in my basement, I took two Tylenol just like any normal person would and if the pain stays low this will be a great day.