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Hello. I just read posts from April surgery buddies and I am very discouraged on my recovery compared to everyone else. I know I shouldn't compare my recovery, but it's hard.
I am 3 1/2 months post op and frustrated and alittle scared. I have gotten no where with PT and they advised me to call my surgeon, who I see on Monday. Main problem is swelling on incision and positional headaches ( ear fullness, dizziness, close to blacking out with certain movements) new nerve pain on left side. I am so tense that because of the awful head pain now my neck and shoulders burn with pain. I had 2 large dural tears that were repaired during surgery. Had to lay flat 48 hrs post op with a drain. I have complained to my surgeon since my 2 wk appointment regarding the headaches etc. He assured me my dural tears were repaired. Yuck!!!!! So How do I get him to understand me on Monday? Something needs done. I have followed all his advise. 5 wks of PT. My symptoms are worse. I am so tired of feeling sick and in pain. I can't work. I can't handle anything. I am not a baby. I have worked through yrs of pain, with a unstable spine because my 1st spine surgery was a mess( different surgeon). He took to much bone and left my vertebrae so wobbly it tore holes in my dura!!!!!
Anyone out there have similar symptoms?
Thank you for letting me vent. I am frustrated, my family is frustrated. I am usually not one to complain. I tend to just say I am fine, but I am worried.