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Post ACDF Low Heart rate, breathing issues
Hi - first of all, this site has been such a lifesaver for me as I prepared for and had ACDF c5,c6 on October 27, 2015 and I am so grateful for the information I gathered here. Thank you!
I am wondering if anyone else experienced issues with heart rate and blood pressure dropping after surgery?
I spent one night in the hospital and all through the evening and night, I kept passing out due to it and the nurses kept rousing me and telling me to breathe. It would come back up and later go down agiain. It seemed to get better the next day and I was sent home that afternoon.
Four days later, I was walking from my bedroom to the living room and I passed out and fell. When I came to, I could not breathe a deep breath. My children called 911 and while waiting on the ambulance, I stopped breathing and was turning blue. I was in and out of consciousness and after the medics started an IV, i began to improve.
At the ER, they thought I had a pulmonary embolism, but I didn't. My labs came back okay and I was sent home and told to stay hydrated.
Overall, other than the surgery being WAY bigger than I anticipated, my recovery seems to be on track and I have my 6 week appt next week to see if it is fusing. I have pain relief, but still have numbness issues and some concerning crackling sounds in my neck along with the weird throat stuff that seems to be common.
I haven't had any episodes since but it really scared me and my poor kiddos and I have a lingering concern about it.
I am just wondering if anyone has had any similar experience and if so, what was the cause? I'm not sure how far to go to figure it out since it hasn't happened again but can't shake it just yet.