I'm new here and just found this forum. I work in Radiology so when I started getting weird pains down my arms I went and got myself an xray that showed I had congenital fusion of C4-6 and some subluxation at C3/c4 When the radiologist that I work for saw this he sent me to MRI where they found a huge herniation at that level that had compressed my cord down to 6 mm. He fast-tracked me into a neurosurgeon who booked my surgery in for the very next week. Wow, my head was spinning. Before surgery I had chronic pain between my shoulderblades and in my neck and then the new shooting pain down my right arm. When I woke up post op I was MISERABLE. I had so much pain and was taking anything that they would let me have to alleviate it. The pain was in my throat when I swallowed and I could not move my head at all. My neck hurt so bad. The surgeon said that he had trouble getting to the area of the lesion and he was not surprised I was in so much pain.
I was in hospital for around 24 hours. Once at home I began to do much better very quickly and within two weeks I was completely off pain meds. My neck feels stiff but does not hurt. I still have a bit of burning between the shoulderblades but not like before. Of course I am not doing as much as before.
Here's why I am worried -
When I woke up from surgery both my hands were numb, number than before surgery. They are still just as numb. Fine motor control is slightly affected. I work in ultrasound so fine motor control is my lively hood. I jokingly refer to my right hand as my "money-maker" and so I'm very worried that the numbness is permanent.
I caught bronchitis last week and have coughed my head off. Violent coughing spells that I worry are affecting my healing. I wear my neck brace religiously even though my doc said I didn't have to unless I was in a car but I'm still worried about all the coughing.
Last thing I'm worried about is insurance. My insurance company sent me forms saying I'm being investigated for pre-existing. If it was pre-existing I didn't know about it. I have insurance provided by my employer and my neurosurgeon works in the same group. Hopefully he will fill in the forms in such a way that they pay but still I worry.
I'm a big worry wart and I feel like it is keeping me from taking any active part in my healing. I just sit here and obsessively research numb hands and insurance issues all the time. I'm hoping someone out there has some positive news for me because I'm so scared right now.