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The dumbest accident and now I'm scared

dehoyos13ddehoyos13 Posts: 290
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

Hey spineys. As I posted on another topic, today was the day I going to do some Christmas shopping. Since I live in NYC (which is entirely too rude and crowded for holiday shopping), my sister drove me about 45 miles north. We went to Walmrt as our first stop. Shopping was great. I spent about 1.5 hours there (the longest I'd been walking yet). I was tired. We walked to the car. My sister unocked the car. I have a Jeep Cherokee. I opened the trunk door to start loading the bags (light ones only). Would you believe that stupid door dropped right on my head!!!!! I am 6 weeks post cervical spine surgery. My doc told me Thursday that fusion hasn't even begun. The pain (which I still have after 4 hours) is running from the base of my skull to the middle of my back and my left leg is tingling. I took 1 Vicoden about 20 minutes after it hapened and another about 10 minutes ago.

I'm scared. Do you think there is a chance I did damage to this fusion??? I had multiple level ACDF with cage and titanium plate. What scares me is the pain that is running down my spine. I'm home alone now. Oh gosh.....I hope I fall asleep soon. All this because I wanted to get the little ones gifts before the snow came and I knew I'd be stuck in the house for days.

Please...let me know what you think. My hands are shaking but I don't know if its cuz I'm freaking out!


  • Oh dear...it is the freaky things that happen that we are not expecting -- a good reason why we hang close to home for the first bit of time after surgery.

    Have you iced? I don't know about cervical surgeries, but my surgeon told me that the hardware is designed to withstand a fairly medium- impact car crash and that it should not break or be damaged...but who knows??

    I would guess that your spine is sore from the trauma of the "accident," but is also very tired from your outing. Walking on this hard concrete floors for over an hour is a jolt to your whole spine...I imagine you would be sore tonight even if you had avoided the tailgate...If you don't get any worse, I would call your surgeon Monday morning and run it by him. If you develop problems overnight, you might want to go to the ER to have it x-rayed and checked out....

    Sorry this happened...you were so looking forward to the outing.

  • Thanks Gwennie. I will do just that...keep an eye and either go to the ER or call my doc on Monday. I think I'm having kind of a late reaction because I can't stop shaking. That doggone door was so heavy. My sister was shocked. Like she was ready to take me to Northern Westchester Hospital or something. Well, that would've been convenient since my doc has priviledges there. Just kidding. I'm trying to take deep breaths.

    I was already tired when this happened, doing all that walking. But you're right. I was sooooooo looking forward to this. That's it. Whoever has no gift, has no gift. They'll get a card and cash. I'm not going back out. We're expecting about 9-12 inches of snow. I can't believe the mid-atlantic states got more than we're expecting to get up here.

    Have a wonderful holiday. Christmas isn't about gifts anyway. Its about celebrating life! So I celebrate life and the reason for it!
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  • I'm so sorry this freak accident happened.

    Are you in pain or more headache/nausea? I'd be worried about a concussion too. Make sure you wake up every 2 hours just to be sure. Do you have anyone that can call you to check in on you? I can do it if you want to PM your number.

    It does seem that the long day + hit on the head is enough to have overdone it.

    The shaking is scary but maybe that is from anxiety of the incident? Can you call your doctor's urgent service to see if they will call you back for advice? It might be worth it if you are not feeling well in an hour. Just tell the on-call doctor what happened to see if you should be concerned.

    Clearly you cannot drive yourself in this weather but might be worth peace of mind to just speak to someone.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Did you use a cervical collar post surgery? If so maybe wear it until you can get in contact with and see your doctor.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Oh Dehoyos,

    So sorry this happened to you. I recall after my 1st fusion I fell down the basement steps and sideways landed on a shelf!! I just watched how I felt for a day or two (ok), but being a bit wiser now I should have been more concerned and at least called my Dr., talk about my head in the sand!

    If you feel worse there is always the ER, but I would definitely call your Dr. on Monday and tell what happened. I hope all is fine, let us know how you are doing, please.

    I like to think I am being careful after this fusion, but who could foresee these crazy accidents?
    As for your shaking, hopefully its that your body/mind is just reacting to being so upset about what happened, (rightly so). Keep us posted.
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  • I'll keep you posted. I just took a Valium for the spasms. I was never given a cervical collar. My daughter had suggested I buy one just for today, so people would know not to bump me. I didn't. If I had, I'd at least have had that support on the one hour ride home and now at home.

    Darn...why didn't I just stay home???????? So stupid!
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Even if you are feeling better maybe go in just to get an xray. Just in case.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • I think you should call your doctor. He has an answering service that will get him the message and he will call you back if he is worried.

    Try to calm your nerves- hugs,

  • I'm so sorry to hear about that freak acident!
    Are you feeling any better by now? Pain wise and
    stress wise? I have no idea what to suggest as I am still aprox 79 hours away from my surgery.
    I have to ask, why no collar? That seems so scarey!
    Also, in another of your post you talked about trouble sleeping and waking od CHOKING. This scares me. Is it typical for ACDF during recovery?
  • Oh no! I hope you are feeling better by now, or sleeping soundly. I would put a call into your doctor's emergency line honestly. Can you ask your sister or someone to purchase a soft collar for you and bring it over? It may help stabilize the neck until you feel better, or until your doctor calls you back and talks to you.

    Talk to you soon, hope you're doing better.
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