I'm new here but had a few questions if anyone could answer them for me.
A bit of my history. 4 weeks ago I had fusion surgery at c3/4 and c4/5 following trauma induced by playing rugby. I had bilateral stinging/tingling/numbness after getting a bang but was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome as I also have an underactive thyroid gland. I continued to play rugby for 6 months after this incident but of course my symptoms persisted and I experienced pain and even feelings of dizzyness, nausia and slurred speech (similar to vertigo/migraine) after playing so I went to my doctor who immediately sent me for xray and MRI of my neck.
Anyway, after being told that another incident of trauma might leave me paralysed I, of course, stopped playing sports immediately. My symptoms severly improved with not playing but my doctor gave me a list of things I shouldn't do. I am a quite active 23 year old female and didn't want to opt for a life of limited activity so I chose to have the fusion sugery having been told that ADR would not be strong enough to play again.
After surgery I ended up having 2 level fusion instead of 1 which is what I had originally expected and so I now fear that I will be even more limited in my activity than I might have been without surgery and I have the added bonus of decreased mobility in my neck and increased chances of breaking my neck..
I am a bit confused about the whole thing and my doctor never seems to be available to discuss these things with me so I wondered if anyone has had a similar experience and what level of activity can be expected after what kind of time and what kind of recovery? At present I feel okay and am not having too much pain except at night time. I have my first post op appointment on the 19th of May when I will see if the fusion was a sucess.
So my questions really..
How much activity can I expect after recovery?
What happens if the fusion fails?
Thank you so much for any response!