I reluctantly cancelled my C5 – C7 ACDF plus bone spur removal surgery yesterday. I sure hope that was the right move. Although I know I can get the ball rolling again if needed, I already had the surgery scheduled, my insurance approval, FMLA paperwork, work coverage, home situation and pre-op testing ready to go. In other words there will be several hoops to re-jump through in the future should I need to reschedule.
My whole point with sharing is I know there has to be more people struggling with this decision. It took me a couple weeks to decide, and I would change my mind several times every day. When all of this started last Sept I felt like I had a piece of hot glass in my upper back/neck area and sever left arm & hand pain. For about a month I wanted the surgery so bad I could barely stand it. As the weeks wore on I felt better. I still have some left arm/hand numbness and a new pain in my neck (feels very stiff, like arthritis I guess), but I feel 97% better than before. It’s hard to justify going under the knife if I’m not currently experiencing horrible symptoms. That being said last Sept was my second “flare up” and I imagine more will come. If surgery was a guarantee that my issues would be resolved I’m sure I would have moved forward with it. One other deciding factor for me: I’ve lived with two moderately herniated discs in my lower back for about nine years now. It hurts often but no one ever suggested I needed surgery for it.
Has anyone else gone through this? If so did it drive you mad? What and how did you finally decide? I haven’t seen too much on the boards about this subject so I thought I’d start the discussion, or at least a newer one. I’m looking for any insight, coping or sanity suggestions. This ordeal has been very stressful to say the least.