Lets start with a little background. I am currently 24 years old. I had a severely ruptured disc in my neck that caused severe pain and ended up having an ACDF a little over 3 months ago. I had re occuring flare ups that happened more and more often over the last 5 years, until this January when a flare up came and never left.
I used to be able to handle stress very well. From the time I was 18-22 I went to school full time and worked 38-40 hours a week as a restaurant manager. I graduated with a 3.7 gpa and a 3.86 major gpa. I was also treasurer of the honor society. During this time I had flare ups of severe neck pain, but they were maybe 3-5 times a year.
I graduated and took a higher up position for the same restaurant. The only difference is I now work 50-55 hours a week, averaging about 52. I currently have the same management tasks that I had while going to school. I am going to physical therapy 2x a week, and I clean my grandparents house with my sister 1x a week, but those are the only other activities that I have.
I feel like my body can no longer handle stress. I used to be able to do so much, but now I can't handle stress. Its to a point where I get physically sick if I am very stressed out, and I feel like I am ALWAYS stressed out. It also causes my muscle spasms to go crazy.
Why would this happen? How would I get worse at handling stress? Does anyone have any tips? What can I do?
Thanks for your help.
ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011
Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.
Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg