Had C1 C2 Fusion surgery about 2 weeks ago for an accident I had about a month ago. It's uncomfortable but not unbearable. It seems like everything I read is DOOM AND GLOOM. Im 42 and have lived a pretty active life. I was involved in a car accident which left me with a type 3 fracture to my odontoid which did not heal on its own. I've lost some mobility side to side but my "up/down" mobility seems fine. Its not as if I were able to turn my head 360 degrees prior to the accident anyway.
Just know that there are some positive stories out there too. I've never had surgery before, hell of an introduction. The was I see it, I couldve easily died and this surgery offered me a new lease on life....see another birthday....etc.
I wake up each morning and take a 2 mile walk to "warm up" before I get the day started. I'll never be an X-Games contestant but I'm thankful. I havent had any excrutiating pain, just general discomfort which, at times is going to require a pain med dosage...not a huge deal.
I just wish some of these posts involved "how to deal with the life change" than how "miserable" the change is. Who knows, things may change for me later, but what doesnt. I have friends whove never had surgery and complain about having to deal with horrible migraines all their lives. All I'm saying is that perspective is important here, there will be good days and bad days for us all. Lets hear some good.
The stress of my Odointoid fracture lingering was unbearable......It caused more anxiety than I knew I could live with. The C1 C2 fusion procedure offered me a chance to "know that it was fixed" so I could deal with the bad days and the good days as they come. Thus far, I've had considerably more good days than bad.