DIZZINESS after ACDF surgery

DIZZINESS after ACDF surgery

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DIZZINESS after ACDF surgery

Hey everyone,
I posted before that my revision ACDF with fusion using BMP was Thursday ( with cage, plate and screws). Three days out of surgery, I felt pretty good. Numbness and tingling gone out of arm and leg area imediately upon waking up. Had a pretty bad sore throat with difficulty swallowing. Today, I am having some pretty severe dizzy spells and terrible trouble swallowing. EVERY time i swallow, it sticks and I have to take a drink or two just to get one bite down (other than jello) this happens with everything I swallow and I am trying to eat squishy stuff. The dizziness happens almost every time I get up or sit down and occasionally even while sitting down. Has anyone else had this happen? I have had two previous surgeries and the pain/numbness never went away until this 3rd one, but I only had a mild sore throat on the first two with mild swallowing difficulty. This time it seems the swallowing and dizziness are my worst problems. I guess I should be grateful if this is as bad as its gonna get. I guess Im wondering if the swelling in my throat should be getting worse 4 days out or starting to get better. I cant find much info on BMP fusions other than they can cause alot of swelling but why would it take this long to start causing major issues? The dizziness I dont understand at all as I didnt have any with the first two surgeries. Can anyone tell me if they had dizziness after an ACDF surgery? If so, how long did it last before it started to subside? I hate the nausea that comes with the dizziness. Also, was told by both surgeons NO IBUPROFEN products for at least 6 weeks and until further notic. They said ibuprofen products interfere with the BMP healing process. I didnt know this until being released from the hospital. What else is available for the swelling and inflammation? Thanks in advance for any information.

Cindy

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haglandc (not verified)
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Cindy

Have you contacted your doc yet in regards to the dizziness? If not I highly recommend that you do.

You said that the dizziness is when you get up or sit down. Does it abate after a short period of time after you have changed position? Does it come on right away when you move, or is there a slight delay of a few seconds?

"C"

cj062373 (not verified)
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It seems to come and

It seems to come and go...Yes, it goes away after i change position. I have been sleeping kinda sitting up in the recliner as I am still a little sore and cant lay flat yet. There is a slight delay of a few seconds. I can get up out of chair and walk to kitchen, then feel the dizziness????

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Hey, Cindy. I'm six weeks

Hey, Cindy. I'm six weeks out of my ACDF and I did experience both of what you are but to a lesser degree. My throat calmed down after about two weeks - I was eating ice cream, yogurt and spaghettios alot. Even now sometimes I swallow and the food gets stuck, but a little water gets it down. Instead of dizziness, I had a head rush every time I stood up. It lasted for several seconds. It's not as common now. My physical therapist told me the other day that the amount of muscle that was involved in the surgery is still swollen - and I believe must have been very swollen - early on. I would still call your doctor. I've called mine a few times - if it's bugging you, then you should call. They hear questions all day long and, at the very least, should be able to reassure you that everything's ok. If not, they'll get you in. Call your doctor - and be patient - I'm learning myself that healing is a long process.

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Hey, Cindy. I'm six weeks

Hey, Cindy. I'm six weeks out of my ACDF and I did experience both of what you are but to a lesser degree. My throat calmed down after about two weeks - I was eating ice cream, yogurt and spaghettios alot. Even now sometimes I swallow and the food gets stuck, but a little water gets it down. Instead of dizziness, I had a head rush every time I stood up. It lasted for several seconds. It's not as common now. My physical therapist told me the other day that the amount of muscle that was involved in the surgery is still swollen - and I believe must have been very swollen - early on. I would still call your doctor. I've called mine a few times - if it's bugging you, then you should call. They hear questions all day long and, at the very least, should be able to reassure you that everything's ok. If not, they'll get you in. Call your doctor - and be patient - I'm learning myself that healing is a long process.

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I have it too

I get dizzy when I'm up a lot and need to rest. Also the pain meds can make you dizzy. I have read what you have been through and you are very courageous and strong and I wish you all the success and only pain free days.

If you really get worried about it, call your doctor.

Good Luck! Smile

Cindy

haglandc (not verified)
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Cindy

Please contact your doc and let him sort it out for you. It may wind up being something very simple, but you should always check with the doc to make sure.

I developed BPPV BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO a few months after c-spine surgery and it was characterized by coming on with a change of position, followed by stabilization with staying in the new position. The neurologist was able to "fix" it by moving me through certain positions. There are crystals formed naturally in your ear that can move into an area that causes the vertigo. Getting these crystals out of that area causes the vertigo to resolve very quickly and without complex treatment.

Of course your vertigo could be caused by numerous things, so the best thing to do is to contact your doc.

"C"

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Swelling

Cindy,
The swelling that you are feeling in your throat is the bmp. The swelling usually takes several days to show up. I used bmp on my fourth cervical surgery and it was day 4 when then swelling appeared. What I was told to combat that is steriods should be used in conjunction with BMP in the cervical spine and it is does come with the warning labels. That side effect is the major reason for not using BMP in the cervical spine. I don't really think you are at airway risk at this point and time but I am no doctor. I can tell you that the swelling on me continued through the first 10 days, eventually looking as i had a baseball on the front of my neck. NOt calling someone was a poor choice on my part, as the swelling should have been addressed. My suggestion is you call the surgeon and let them know as C has said. If the swelling and swallowing are only getting worse at this point and time then calling the surgeon is what you need to do. Let us know what they say.

cj062373 (not verified)
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I took your advice and

I took your advice and called the surgeon. He gave me a steroid pack to take and apparently they were supposed to give me this before leaving the hospital per his orders? dont know what happened. I dont really think hubby dropped the prescription, but i do remember surgeon talking about a steroid pack at that time. He said the dizziness was quite normal and I needed to rest more. As this is my third one, I think just feeling a little better through the arm was making me feel like superwoman. Guess it could've just been the meds. My shoulder blades feel like they are on fire now (just like last time), but my right arm still feels better (just a little weak). Sore throat is finally getting a little better bo do still feel the lump when I swallow. I dont think it ever fully went away after my first surgery. They have been looking at taking my thyroid out as it is really enlarged and getting bigger to the point that the docs have trouble getting me intubated for surgery. Guess thats the next phone call I will make. I did sleep alot the past couple days, so hopefully getting more rest will help me heal. Thanks for all the help. you guys/girls are the greatest.

Cindy