Hey everyone, I'm scared of the long recovery and the unknown of this surgery.
I'm brand new to here, but I need a place to vent/get advice on what is coming up for me. I just got back from my neurosurgeon appointment. I've scheduled my posterior microdiscectomy on my c6-7. I was able to postpone the surgery as long as I could with a steroid dose pack, but pain only continued. I turn 23 in 5 days and I am a very active individual. I'm 5'10 and 165lbs at 6% body fat. I weight lift and train 4-5 days a week. This injury has absolutely devestated me. I can't lift, I can't sit without pain. I can barely even type this because of the pain/numbness in my index finger and triceps. My doctor said I won't be able to lift like I did prior to the injury. Basically I can't do any over head presses/chest press ecercises (pushups, bench press & etc). Is this true? I can't imagine that. I'm just glad the surgery is coming so I will finally have relief in my arm and can begin the road to recovery.
Please help me out if you all have any advice on what is approaching me or how to gain my strength back, etc. Or just anything to keep me going.. This has thrown me for a loop. Did I mention I'm graduating 3 days before surgery? Perfect graduation gift right?!