Hi everyone !
After herniating a disc in my cervical vertebrae (December 2014) I underwent three steroid shots over the course of three months for the pain. After the pain went unresolved, surgery was the only other option. I had the surgery March 26, 2015 and my surgeon says it was a successful surgery. I am almost two months post op, and the symptoms I've been experiencing have been so severe. My PCP put me on Lisinopril 20 mg , Amlodopine 5mg, and I've been taking Norco 10mg/325 every 6 hours, and I've also been taking metformin. I've been experiencing numbness in both my ring and pinkie fingers . I've been feeling pain radiate all the way up my left arm into my chest, mainly just the left side. The pain radiates underneath my left arm to my armpit and it feels like a huge weight is on my chest. I've been to the ER more times than I can count for fear of having a heart attack! At one point the pain was so excruciating I thought I was dying! It was horrible. They ran every test in the book, EKGs, MRIs and every cardiac test came back negative for heart failure. I've gone to the ER so much that I was afraid that they would think I was crying wolf. Anyway, I am grateful that I'm not in heart failure but what is the explanation for my symptoms?! Last week my PCP raised my Lisinopril dosage from 20mg to 40mg after seeing my raised BP and my swollen edematous feet. And now my feet are even more swollen, especially my left foot and ankle. My daughter has been icing my feet and I have a heating pad that I put on my chest when the pain hits. And also, I've noticed that about an hour before my next Norco my body starts to hurt and this intense itching that feels like pinpricks all over my body begins. It's my concern that I'm either becoming dependent on the Norco (my doctors want to wean me off) or is my body rejecting the cadaver vertebrae? I am going to be 76 in June. I have never been a drinker and I have never been a smoker. Prior to the surgery I would exercise everyday, walk for about an hour and then go to the YMCA to exercise further. I so desperately want to break out of this sedentary lifestyle that I'm currently living but I simply can't. It is so frustrating! I am so weak and I just don't know what to do. I just went to the ER two nights ago again and once again, the same results, and no explanation for my edema or chest pain. Is there anyone out there experiencing similar symptoms? I'm in desperate need of answers.