Hey guys, 31 year old here who went through ACDF surgery. I remember I wanted to post on this forum right away after my surgery, but that never really happened lol. It’s already been about 2.5 years since then, but I guess it’s better late than never.
Prior to going through with the surgery, I remember how extremely scared I was and how much I obsessed over these forums. I spent hours and hours researching and reading the experiences of people who went through with this surgery. Unfortunately, I do remember reading about a few people who had a bad experience. However, I remember reading that most people who had the surgery and felt no symptoms later, simply did not post on the forums anymore. In my case, I can tell you that was definitely true. I immediately forgot about all the pain I was experiencing and life went back to normal surprisingly quickly. In only about a month or so (if I can remember correctly), I was back in the gym working out. I think the recovery was just so tolerable, I never really had to look back. I do remember though that I did have some trouble eating for about a week and sleeping was slightly difficult for the first few nights. However, besides that the recovery seemed to be very manageable.
If you’re in the same position as I was, I just wanted to give you some comfort if you are considering going through with this surgery. I remember the excruciating and debilitating pain I put myself through because I was so scared. Looking back, I wish I had done it sooner. Also, in many cases, I think it can be worse to hold off on this longer than you need to. I don’t think I can tell you if it will be the right decision for you, but I know it was the right one for me. I don’t know if anyone will actually read this, but to whoever does, I hope it helps you. Take care and best wishes.