This is my first time here, and I'm here because I really need my surgery peers right now. I'm struggling and trying not to freak out.
Brief background: I'm a 35 year old female. I was diagnosed with a herniated C5-C6 in June 2014 (likely from golf cart accident August 2013). I was nonsymptomatic until May 2015 when my arms, hands and fingers started going numb, then they started burning like they were on fire. I had consistent straining sensations anytime I lifted anything with any weight- like a glass of water, with the strain down the outside of my arms. Some pain into my fingers/joints, hard to open jars, turn things. Neuro exam showed positive Hoffman's reflexes, hyperactive reflexes etc, MRI scheduled immediately. MRI results were given on August 19th showing moderate spinal cord compression from the C5-C6 herniated disc. ACDF Surgery was immediately scheduled for August 27th, 2015. The procedure was completed at the [EDIT]. I stayed overnight and went home on August 28th. No brace or PT. Off work, driving for 4 week minimum.
Situation: Today is post-op Day 3. My pain is manageable, and it's honestly better than I would have thought. I have some burning/uncomfortable pain at the base of my neck today, but it's not horrible. My real issue, and what has really upset me, is that I have new symptoms in my arms. My hands are "clicking/popping" again, this is the best way to describe it. I went to move my pillow and my hand "popped", and my left thumb went numb and has loss of sensation. I am still having the strain down the outside of my arms when I pick things up (weakness). I feel a strain/tingle in my right shoulder that I didn't feel before. The pain I had in my right index finger has returned (or just isn't masked by pain meds at the moment). All in all, it doesn't seem any of my original issues have been resolved, but what is most concerning are the issues I didn't have before (left thumb, popping).
Is it normal to have new neuro symptoms after surgery? If the disc was removed from my spinal cord, why are there new symptoms? Could swelling be compressing something? I don't feel like this was mentioned as a possibility. I know the damage and original symptoms could be permanent, but it's a bit scary to think that on top of everything else I could have new issues. Has anyone else had new issues after surgery? Were they temporary?
I am on 10-15mg oxy every 4 hours, I have Diazepam as well, but haven't used it because I haven't had spasms (maybe I should take it?!). My throat is better every hour and I am eating foods that fight inflammation, rubbing frankincense on the posterior base of my neck (fights inflammation), and taking supplements good for it as well.
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