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New member trying to deal with recovery

SLD1029SSLD1029 Posts: 10
edited 09/06/2014 - 5:04 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi I'm new to this forum. I had ACDF on May 16th 2014. I had suffered with numbness, tingling, weakness,and irregular breathing issues for four years. I had an MRI (2010) that showed stenosis and a bone spur. The symptoms were predominantly on the right side of my body until the last couple of years. To manage my symptoms over the years, I tried acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractors, massaged therapy, and ice/heat therapy.
Before surgery, I had symptoms in all my limbs. I was so weak that I couldn't take care of my basic needs without assistance. After several emergency rooms visits, my PA ordered an MRI. The test showed that vertebrae c4/c5 had deteriorated, were pinching a nerve, and the disk had herniated and was pushing on my spine cord. Vertebrae c6/c7 are deteriorating and have a bone spur.
The surgery went well. The neurosurgeon decided to focus on C4/C5 (He decided not to do anything with C6/C7 at this time). He removed the bone spur, replaced the herniated disk, and fused the vertebrae. The recovery has been difficult. I had a setback about week after surgery. I was walking and turned my head quickly because a stray dog jumped on me. I have had difficulty swallowing, I am dealing muscle spasms daily. To get through the day, I use heat/ice therapy, my TENS machine, a tennis ball in a sock to do pressure point massage, and my husband massages my back several times a day. I have just ordered a therapy cane and hope that it will help with the pain that I'm in as a result of the spasms. I also take Valium at night.
I was doing okay dealing with the spasms until my PT started to add more strength training and leg work to my regimen. I now have constant pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness, in my extremities. I am also dealing with breathing difficulties, nausea, and a racing pulse. My neurosurgeon ordered an x-Ray of my neck, and said everything looked fine. Has anyone else experienced this? I feel so discouraged! I'm open to any and all suggestions. I just celebrated four months, and I feel like I'm starting from scratch again. Thanks, Sher



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