Hi all. I had my acdf C5-6 surgery on Apr 15th, immediately after the surgery the stabbing pain I had in my shoulder blade was gone! I've also started to get feeling back in my pinky and ring fingers. Unfortunately a few weeks after my surgery I got a sinus infection that really knocked me out for about two days. I had a bad fever and was unable to move. About 5 days later I started having some pain in the right side of my chest. I figured that my sinus infection had spread to my chest as it had happened before. The following morning the pain was terrible with each breath. I made an appointment with my primary care doctor, but soon realized if I didn't get to the ER I wouldn't make it. I could barely breathe. My husband rushed me to the ER where I was diagnosed with multiple bilateral pulmonary embolisms and infarction. I was told I was very lucky and could have died! I'm still out of work recovering. I hope to go back in a few weeks. The doctors didn't think at first I could have had the PE because I am only in my 30's. The determined that it was probably due to the fact that I was on YAZ birth control and the lack of activity from the surgery/sinus infection. IF I had it to do over I would have stopped taking YAZ prior to surgery to avoid this complication. I was so scared and I am still dealing with the emotional issues that come from nearly dying. I hope that my story can help others learn about the dangers of estrogen based birth control prior to surgery.