I am now a bit over 3 weeks post op. Seems like more then that Surgery was on 9-3-08 and it was my second cervical surgery. The first was a posterior cervical foraminotomy at c 3-4 and 4-5
The ACDF was onlevels C4-5 and C5-6.
Before surgery I had more energy, and had a hard time keeping it under wraps and not over doing it.
Also before surgery I had a lot of left ar weakness. Mostly left sided burning neck pain and an occasional hot poker pain right at the shoulder line at the base of the neck mostly on left side and only occasional on the right.
Another thing i had was very very bad burning around the bottom of the left side of my scapular tip sort of inbetween the scapula and the spine.
When I had surgery I was put in an ASPEN Collar which actuall bothers my chin sometimes
Has anyone had that issue??
The burning inbetween the scapula and spine had gone away completely for about 10 days and has since come back. My right side of my neck seems to hurt more than it did before surgery.
I have a deep burning or aching feeling in the heck.
I walk religously in the morning 1 mile and sometime 1 1/4 miles. Then mid day I walk another mile but only sometimes but for sure in the evening I wal another mile after I have dinner.
My body keeps signalling me to sleep sleep rest rest reat and I do, but the fatigue I fee just never seems to go away.
Is this common and did any of you experience this with your ACDF???
I do feel the left side is much better. No more pinching and burning and no more numbness. The right side if just ...well differnt now..not sure yet.
Another thing I wander about is I thake morphine sulfate 3 times a day and I am allowed to take 6 percocets a day, but ahve not been doing that if I can go without. Which at sometimes I have reall good levels such as 3-5 so I just try to get through it.
I am planning on takeing the valiu out of the mix and go completely back to the robaxin. I am allowed to take two 5 mg's a day but only have been taking on for a fe days.
I have even only had 2 percocets for BTtoday.
Today I was also nausiated most of the day and i just could and did not feel like being awake.
If I laay back at any time of day I will more than likely fall asleep.
I have been on narcotic pain meds a long long time so even before surgery it was a rarity for them to make me sleepy.
So I am just wondering if any of you neck people out there have experienced this fatigue and or nausea on an occasion after surgery? Do you think this stuff mught be thyroid relateed?
Is this something I should call the Ortho about or just wait untill I see him on the 24th of OCtober?
As for the medication I will try to discuss some things with the PM becasue I feel it is possibel i gould maby get by with a lesser amount, but at the same time I don't want to not have enough for that really awful day.
Not real sure if going down onthe meds a bit is even a good idea right before the possibility of starting PT.
What do you all think?
Oh I do have what my thyroid doc calls Hoshimoto's and my thyroid can go from high to low levels and then right itself over time. I have never been on meds for this because the thyroid always goes back to the normal range.
One of the things I otice when my thyroid is out of wack is that I get very fatigued and my hair falls out! I mean when I shower and wask my hair Alot more comes out than normal.
I am unsure what to think at this point and what direction to go meaning wait or to tell doc or just call now and talk to the back office. What wouled you do?
What ahs been your experience??
OK very sleepy so I gotta go to bed before I fall assleep with the lap top..lol