I go in tomorrow AM for my pre-op evaluation, then schedule a C-spine fusion surgery, don't know how many discs yet. I have degenerative disk disease and have been attempting to manage my pain to now. I resolve it is time for surgery as the pain can be excruciating. I have done the normal rachet up on pain killers which now only seem to put my pain at best on the 2nd row of the shelf, as opposed to front & center. I still experience lots of horrendous breakthrough pain.
I am looking for folks with C-spine fusion experience that can offer me some hope I will indeed be relieved of some pain, the procedure is worth it & what I should expect in terms of recovery.
I also have depression and anxiety. I have been told these conditions might improve as well once my pain is under control. This will be my first surgery.