Hello, forum! I'm new here...was set to have a one level ACDF at c4-5 yesterday but wound up with walking pneumonia and had to push off a week.
I have moderate severe stenosis with myelopathy at C4-5 and right paracentral narrowing at l5-s1. Since that's not too bad, we are focusing on up top where all the bad stuff really is.
I cannot put into words how afraid I am of this surgery after reading so many bad reports. I feel like I will only switch our current neck pain and arm burning/hand numbness + headaches for new problems. I realize with the spinal cord compression I have, I need the surgery (I've done aggressive PT and while it helps, I can't afford it), but I am afraid.
I am hoping someone will write to let me know surgery was a good decision...and can help me.