Posted 4/18/2014 8:20 AM (GMT -6)
Cinfullangel, sorry about your situation. I had 3 level ACDF back in January. It was C6,7 that was my biggest enemy with the arm, hand pain and numbness. I had injections into the nerve from both the back and front but did I not get relief. For me, surgery was a good option to avoid permanent damage.
Your fear and worry is understandable. Common surgery today, but big deal personally. Last thing I said to my wife before being put to sleep was " I hope I am doing the right thing". Strangely, It was also the first thing I said after waking.
Three months later, it was a good decision. Relief from severe pain and weakness is immediate. I can offer a couple of suggestions. Ask for the post op pain pump before going into surgery. Swallowing a pain pill afterwards will be difficult. This I learned the hard way. Secondly, listen to your surgeon. Healing process takes time, don't push it. If you do, a price will be paid. Have the soft foods ready afterwards. I didn't know I liked jello, and pudding so much. On the bright side, I dropped about 20lbs from a soft food diet.
Good luck to you. I wish I came to this site prior, lots of good real experiences. Please keep us posted, and reach out when necessary.