Good luck on the disc deal, Wack. I had two discs blow out in my neck in '92 and had to have C-4,C-5,& C-6 all fused together. They were degenerative discs, so it was just a matter of time before I had to have it done. I wrestled (State Champ in '77), played football, & hockey and it caught up to me. Before the surgery, I had almost no feeling in the middle, ring, and pinky finger of my left hand along with a "dead spot" along my lower left forearm. After the fusion, I had to wear a hard collar for 8 weeks and a soft collar a month after that. But once I was healed, I was good to go. I do neck exercises daily to maintain strength and flexibility (plus I don't want to go through that again). I got the all clear signal from my neurosurgeon and he said I was cleared to go back to normal life. The first thing I did was shoot a dandy buck a week later. I lost a little range of motion, especially looking straight up, but compared to the alternative, I'll take it. Since I was cleared to do as I pleased, I went back to playing hockey, which I did until I was 44 years old (when it just got too tough to keep up with the 22 year olds)...also, a guy on my team introduced me to his mother, I was older than she was. That sort of sealed the deal.
We're lucky we live in the time we do, because medicine & science has improved by leaps and bounds in my lifetime. 40 years ago, it just would have been too bad if you had similar injuries. Or, they would have done surgeries that were about as damaging as the injury itself and recovery time would have been significantly longer than what they are today. I'm really lucky to have survived that crash in the first place and for the most part am pleased with how I was repaired.
It is aggravating on how long it takes to recover, but if you push too much to speed recovery, it usually makes things worse, especially with soft tissue injuries. When I was in rehab in the hospital, there were others who didn't have as good a chance to recover as well as I did & they inspired me. So, relax, take things slowly, and your body will tell you if you are pushing too hard. Make sure to take time to appreciate those who support you, they are the ones who matter most. Also, the members of this board provide a lot of help, intentionally or not. There's nothing like hanging out carrying on a conversation with buddies at deer camp. We're not in the same state, but a similar state of mind and talking here is a good outlet & nice diversion. I'm thinking healing thoughts for all who hurt.
Luck Counts, good or bad