Hello Everyone. Im a long term reader, first time writer. I am 43 years old, male and a teacher. I suffer from Cervical DDD, high blood pressure and I am diabetic. I figure after my most recent surgery and its events, its time to post and share. First a little history of what got me to this point.
In 2006 I received a fusion of the C7-T1 and lost about 20% strength in right arm. But thankful to not be as in much pain. The Dr said at that time I had the neck of a 72 year old and I would be back for more. Since then, I had gotten 2 cortisones and one nerve block in neck to help with pain.
Then this past May I herniated my L4-S1. All summer pain in left buttocks down to knee cap. When school started this year after about 3 weeks I noticed extreme weakness and atrophy in my right arm. Not a lot of pain. Just very very weak. It got to the point I couldnt use my hand or arm hardly at all. The bicep was the only useful muscle. I could not button, zip, shower good, wash hair, write etc. so my neurosurgeon orrdered me an mri and saw C4-6 was pressing into my spinal cord about 60%. So he rearraranged his next days surgeries to get me in. I could tell his urgency and that he was concerned and he was honest with me in that I may not get full use of my arm back.
Surgery day. When I woke up in recovery I began getting severe chest pains. Even with all the morphine And after fusing C4-C6 I was all over the bed in pain. An ambulance was called and I was taken from the surgery center to the hospital. I remember 4 nitro pills and 4 baby aspirin to ease the pain somewhat.
Long story short, my widow maker valve was 93% blocked and was rushed to open heart surgery to fix it. I was lucky I was where I was when this happened and lucky I had any warning signs at all. The widow maker usually gives no warning and results in death.
So these surgeries occured on Sept 29th. Im recovering well. Personally think my nerve damage is permanent but we will see. My neck is hurting. Im just thankful to be alive. its been some kinda roller coaster ride. I had ekg the day before and it was ok. From what ive read it is just hard to detect the widow maker blockage.