A little about my history, Buldging disc from C-2 thru T 7 also 3 broad based bulges in lumbar, cervical Spinal stenosis,cervical and lumbar DDD, Cervical Radicopathy, SURGERY: 2011 ACDF c5-6 & recent ACDF 4-5 for cervical instability which didnt respond to over a year of non surgical tx.
my recent acdf c4-5 and revision of hardware 5-6 surgery was last week 3/24/15.
First off I have been in pain management for a couple years when new onset of severe neck pain got worse in 2013. Pre op I was taking Percocet 10mg q 6 hrs and oxyicotin 20 mg q 12 hrs.
Post op Surgeon said to my family "surgery went well" nothing more, no details of findings but I was the 5th case of the day, surely he was tired. Well I woke in recovery in pain, then taken to room and STAYED IN PAIN AND IN TEARS ENTIRE HOSPITAL STAY. 6 pm I arrived in my room and all downhill after. I had a nurse who never wanted to give me pain meds. At 7 pm shift change, I was given a IM injection of dilautid then one Percocet couple hours later. From that point on if I asked for pain meds he would say "oh u dont need pain meds u need muscle relaxer. This continued everytime I was in pain. I received 2 doses of Percocet 10mg and 2 IM injections of Dilautid (each arm) after absolutely no sleep bc I was in horrible pain and it would take 3 calls to get anyone to respond to call bell.
At 7am the PA with my neurosurgeon came in to round. I told her to send me home bc if I am going to suffer in terrible pain, I want to be in my bed. Told her how alll night the nurse chose his judgment and refused to treat my pain, my husband confirmed that to her. Idk why it would hurt him to give me iv pain meds ordered. The Percocet I have been on for about 9 months so it had no effect post op. She agreed to discharge me bc I was very upset and I told her that nurse was back tonight and there was no way I would allow him to torture me again. At discharge nurse came in with paperwork and said idk why but ur doctor did not leave pain med prescription. Her suggestion was to contact my pain management md bc thats the only reason she could think of why I didn't have a different med for post op. My husband called my orthopedic pain med doctor when we arrived home but he was out of office due to family emergency and again all this week.
Husband then called neurosurgeon office and Informed them my doctor who has been prescribing pain meds pre op was unavailable and I got appt for Friday 4/3. She called I prednisone and said I was experiencing nerve pain. After 6 days of the prednisone taper no improvement.
So yesterday I call neurosurgeon office when they opened, around 830am. PA called me back around 430 and told her my neck & throat pain had gotten worse not better plus I have so much swelling I am back to jello bc I couldn't get meds down. She informed me she was calling in Strong steroid decadron and better muscle relaxer Valium. Husband went to get medicine and it was decadron and something called Soma.
I called my family doc and tried the best I could to explain what had been going on since discharge. He asked me to come in at 530 he would see me at end of day. My vitals were not normal. bp 170/104 heart rate 120's but no fever. (I do not have hypertension issues) he immediately knew when he saw my face I am dehydrated and since neurosurgeon PA called in decadron, he gave me script for liquid cough med with hopes it would sooth my very swollen throat but told me I had to push fluids of I would end up in hospital.
I have no clue how to get fluids in when they wont go down. Why is my swelling much worse and by now why isnt pain calming down???
I WISH I HAD JUST LIVED WITH THE ONGOING NECK PAIN. As it seems to me, pain management patients are all labeled DRUGGIE even with diagnostic tests that prove reason for severe pain. Not like I chose this route.
IDK what to other than lay at home and cry.