I am very glad to have found this board. I hope it will help me with my decision to have or not have a ACDF C5-C7 Suegery.
I am a 40 year old male. I am a engineering manager so I work long hours at a computer sitting in my office. I lead a very active life style. I exercise five days a week lifting weights and doing cardio. I love outdoor activities. That may be to much info but I feel like it is important to know. I love my life style and really do not want to have to alter it any. With that said I will see what the people that have gone thru this can tell me.
Over the last ten years I have had different degress of neck pain and stiffness. It would range from stiff neck to a stabbing in my neck sending pain and stiffness into my trap muscles. It would come and go and last one to two weeks. when it was bad I would lose range of motion left to right and looking up. I would use message therapy and chirpractors to work this out. I was told by both that it was probable stress. Since a lot of people carry their stress in their trap muscle area. Over the years this pain and stiffness would happen closer together and more severe. Over the last six months I had three real bad events. each one worse than the other and longer in time. The last two times I was in so much pain I could not function. I also started having numbness in my right arm. I went to see a NS and after a MRI and a CT with spinal dye I found out that I had a disk rupture at C7 and a large bone spur at C6.
The fix is an ACDF with fusion C5-C7. I have the surgery scheduled for November 20th. To say the least I am scared to death. I hope their are some people out there who have had this surgery. How active of a life style did you have after the surgery? How was your range of motion after you healed? Do you regret having the surgery? I will tell you that after four weeks of pain and numbness in my arm I am doing better. I was treated with steriods, anti inflamation drugs, muscle relaxers and pain meds. At this time I am pain free, I still get numbness in my arm at times during the day. My my thumb and two fingers tingle all the time. If I try running or anything jarring my arm starts to go numb.
At this time I am looking at this surgery as a way to stabalize a problem before it gets worse.
Am I doing the right thing.......your thoughts and comments please.