Yesterday I went to see my NS to follow up on my 1 year anniversery for my PLIF L4-s1. I am 100% fused. Yeah!
But back in the end of May I was making breakfast for my family and when I lifted the skillet off the stove something happened and I dropped to the ground in pain. I regained my breath and took it easy for a few days. I was feeling a pain I was familiar with so I didn't worry about it. I have been there many times before- it had been a few years but still I could handle it.
I think I ate through the remaining norco and flexerile that I had left over from my fusion and I was also taking relefen (anti inflamitory) so I was fairly comfortable.
About that time I started having what I thought was "tennis elbow". The pain was worse in the afternoon but again I was medicating. The tennis elbow never went away but I could handle it. I was having mild muscle spasm in my upper back and felling pretty darn good. I am so amazed that my low back feels good that the upper back didn't concern me.
Fast fwd to last week. I am now getting arm/hand/shoulder pain. Tingling and burning sensations in my palms and fingers and intense muscle spasms. I go to see my PCP and see an associate. He orders Thoracic x-rays and refers me to my NS. Amazinly my NS office gets me in the very next week (yesterday). That never happens (ever). They had an opening. The girl in reception tells me they can't see me for the upper back stuff only for the PLIF follow up. I think I will drop off the films and the referal and hopefully I will get a call in the next 30 days (like I said they are super slow).
Between last week and this week. I started getting some nerves in my feet talking to me and some eye problems a little blurred vision and dizziness. I think this concerns the NS. I see the doc and tell him what is going on and he looks at the x-ray and says it could be the Thoracic but he thinks it is cervical. I have an order for an MRI/new X-rays and an Nerv Conduct study for next week.
I was so amazed to get help so fast.
Any advice on keeping the arm/hand pain levels down?