Hello all...I posted in the new member section and I was hoping to hear some comforting words but unfortunately I didn't receive that so maybe I posted in the wrong section. So I figured maybe I should repost it here. I did post late so that could have also been an issue as to why I didn't hear from anyone, just a link about the rules....but I just need to know I not crazy...
I'm 35 years old , living in Jackson Heights, NYC, not married , no kids..yet :-}...Work full time, just not at the moment, recovery.
I just had ACDF surgery on the 19th of this month. I know I'm pretty young to be having this done especially since I was never in a fall or accident so the doctors don't understand why it's so severe. I had been to several doctors prior to the surgery and all them would say you're way too young to be having this problem. I had two levels done C5-C6 C6-C7. I also had a syrinx which was pushing against my spine because one of the herniated disc was so severely bulging so that it was pushing the syrinx against my spine, on top of that I had a fracture with a chip already floating around.. It was so bad that I just couldn't deal with the shoulder and arm pain anymore. I manage a business and by the end of the day my right arm felt like it was dead. The one thing I can say my severe arm pain is gone.I still have neck pain and shoulder pain which I expect to go away over time.
Unfortunately I also have fibromyalgia so every muscle in my body had flared up and is killing me, especially my back. So that has been harder to control than the pain in my neck and throat. I don't know if anyone here has had the surgery and have fibromyalgia as well but my entire back feels sooo swollen and painful, the pain is torture.
I don't know also if anyone has had this problem but I am extremely emotional, I cry constantly for no reason at all. Right now I live my boyfriend so he's been working double shifts training someone new so I'm alone all day which makes it so much harder to manage. I will be going back to work next week and I don't think I've ever said I missed my job before. I have such a high tolerance for painkillers I was in ICU for 2 days and in the hospital for 5...they couldn't control my pain.
Right now I'm on so many meds and I'm still in so much pain that I have insomnia, as you can tell since I'm posting at 2 in the morning....anyone else with insomnia.
Sorry for the long rant..but nice to have someone to talk to eventually...