First post as I just found this interesting site. I (36) got diagnosed with AN in early July (3.9cm). I had lost hearing months before and was having balance and dizziness issues, but it took quite a while to get the right tests and see the right people in the Canadian healthcare system.
With diagnosis, the process has greatly sped up. The ENT/Neurosurgeon I was referred to ultimately strongly recommend surgery given the size and my symptoms, and my surgery is scheduled for late September.
I have never really been in a hospital since a minor surgery as a young kid. What is recovery like in hospital right after surgery? Am I apt to be in a lot of pain/be on a lot of drugs. I've been told to expect to be in hospital 4-7 days after surgery assuming no major issues. What is recovery like at home after that?
I've had anxiety/stress issues in the past and my number 1 go to in order to reduce those feeling was walking. I would typically walk 15-25,000 steps per day. Now with this illness, I get tired out really easily and am only walking 3-5,000 steps per day which means my stress level is high as I wait for the surgery.
Has anyone golfed after surgery? I used to golf quite a bit, but have had to stop this summer due to pure exhaustion (even with a cart). I'm wondering if there are any recreational golfers out there that have had this surgery and how quickly they were able to golf again after surgery.
Sorry for so many questions; just not aware of anyone locally to talk about this diagnosis and am struggling mentally in terms of this waiting game for surgery and concerned about possible post surgery side effects.