Well , I'm 60 years old , slightly limited , slightly uncomfortable, (If I choose to think about it) yeah it hurts !
I don't think about it ! My "Cervical spine " was so bad , I went coma!1-rst. surgery , 30 days later , staph infection and another surgery.
18 months , I'm the luckiest , happiest man I know !
I have scrap value , 12 Titanium screws , six plates , (vertebra-C-1-2-3-4-5-6- , fused to C-7.
I've been off pain meds. for months , a week ago , I went back woods skiing , today I"m going shooting after I carry in fire wood for three fire places.
Pray if that is your thing but no matter what my friend , you decide how this will affect you and your future! Only you have the power to choose how you will recover and weather it is a good ending or a bad ending , your choice !
Good luck and keep the faith whatever that may be !
PS: Next year , I have upcoming lower lumbar surgery coming.
Same happy ending no doubt.........!