Hi there. I had my 3 level ACDF with corpectomy on June 3rd and I was doing very well the first week. I noticed last week Monday that I started to get dizzy, light headed, my heart would start racing and then the room would go black when I would go from a sitting to a standing position. I didn't pass out and it would take a few moments for things to calm down.
This happened multiple times a day and more than once I actually thought I was going to pass out. I assumed it was a combination of pain meds and muscle relaxers they had me on but I was barely taking any. In fact I was using Tylenol a few times a day and then once or twice a day I would take one pain pill. I would only take a muscle relaxer at bedtime. I don't like pain meds or muscle relaxers, they make me really tired.
Anyway, Saturday my husband left to run an errand and I had been sitting in my recliner. I had to get up and so I sat on the edge of the chair and then stood up. I thought I was ok and the next thing I know I woke up Back half on my chair and half on the floor. I had passed out.
How scary. I was terrified to move at all and particularly my neck but I was alone and not near a phone. It took me about 10 minutes to get up the courage to try to get up. My neck hurt like hell but it seemed ok. I sat back in my chair and waited for hubby.
We went to the ER immediately. I thought at this point maybe it was that I was dehydrated and just very weak. That was coming from the fact that I am still having a hard time with my throat. Still on mushy soft foods and although I try to get fluids, I am not nearly getting what I am used to. I usually get 64 oz. of water a day minimal. I have lost 12 lbs in the first 2 weeks post surgery but I am a Bariatric patient so I was expecting some loss, just not that much.
Anyway, it turns out that even after all the fluids, my heart rate is dropping down very low when resting. It has gone as low as 36 and averages 53. Because I passed out, they want me to see a cardiologist. I see them on Monday.
My heart rate has always run on the slow side but I have never had the dizzy, racing heart and then room goes black feeling before I had this surgery.
By the way, they said I was not really dehydrated but gave me a liter of fluids. My heart rate continued to remain on the slow side. I still get dizzy, lightheaded and my heart races when I stand up from a sitting position.
I am wondering if others have experienced anything like this?