I need some advice from those who have been there. My surgeon wants to perform anterior fusion at C5/C6 and C6/C7. This is after three years of PT, pain medication, massage therapy and suffering. The pain has increased greatly. I have increasing weakness in my left arm, numbness and tingling in my left hand and severe headaches. All of these symptoms have gotten more frequent over the last three years.
I am scared to death to have surgery. I hear about all the "bad" things that can happen or have happened to other people. Has anyone had longterm relief and success with this surgery?
Any advice, warning or success stories would be greatly appreciated.