I had my surgery nearly two months ago. I had S1-L3 fused (yikes) and was out for 7 hours. Docs did a posterior and anterior approach. For two to three weeks after surgery, I was pretty loopy from the effects of anesthesia. Gratefully, I am almost 100% pain free. Occasional tylenol or muscle relaxer is all I need. However, I have 3 lingering symptoms since surgery and I am trying to make sense of it.
My heart rate has been terribly high. The docs have put me on some beta blockers and I have had some *limited* relief. But, heart rate still running high.
My sleep is all messed up. My body feels tired but I just can't sleep. My brain doesn't feel tired. Of course, that could change and then I go through a cycle of lots of sleeping.
Last is my inability to control my body temperature. I dress for the weather. If I feel chilly, I will put on a sweater. In a few minutes I am roasting again. My extremities get cold but my core is all over the place. Any sleep I get is interrupted by me waking up with my hair and clothes drenched in sweat, I have to change. Night time is a constant back and forth between adding a sheet, adding a blanket, taking them off, adding 3 blankets and so on.
Has anyone ever had or heard of any of these symptoms? Are there any solutions?