I'm new to this, but am looking for some understanding people. I had cervical fusion 12 years ago c-5 c-6 c-7 with a plate and 6 screws due to two herniated discs.
8 weeks ago I had a bad fall off of my horse and broke my neck, literally busting up the hardware from before, numerous fractures, and basically "just messing everything up in my neck" (my neuro's words).
I was in surgery (anterior and posterior) for 9 hrs, ventilator, ICU, the whole deal. (I absolutely hated for my kids to see me like that.) Stayed in hospital for 2 weeks.
I am 50 and in good shape normally. My issues, thus far post-op, have been mild tingling in my left fingers, and many
issues with my right hand.
I am currently doing Occupational Therapy 2xs a week and have come very far with the range of motion and strength of my right arm.
My right hand, however, continues to be my main concern. I have a lot of excruciating nerve pain in my right thumb. It is important to know that my right "limb" was pinned behind me for about 45 minutes (it seemed like HOURS) until the ambulance came and stabilized me.
I am taking Neurontin/Gabapentin, Narco, and a muscle relaxer for the pain. I also have a stylin
"Miami J" neck brace that I keep on religiously.
My first 2 fingers are very swollen which makes doing anything with my right hand very complicated, to put it mildly. And, of course, I am right handed. I continue to massage it, hydrate it, and do what I'm told to do by my OT. I am hyper-vigilant with my instructions bc I know how bad this was, and could have been.
At first, with the symptoms in my hand (burning, itching, swelling, discoloration, intense pain, etc.) there was some concern that I had developed RSD/CRSP, but I had a radioactive bone scan last week and that has been ruled out (although I'm not yet convinced).
So, I am just trying hard to be patient...I am, after all, a walking miracle. When I fell, I knew immediately that I had broken my neck. I had no feeling nor could I move anything below my neck. Fortunately, I never lost consciousness so was able to explain to the EMT workers about my previous fusion and to make sure they were SUPER careful when moving me, mobilizing me, etc.. Needless to say, I have never been so terrified. All I could think of was Christopher Reaves (Superman). I honestly thought I was DONE. I have ridden my whole life (hunter/jumper) and have had LOTS of falls (you ride, you fall...it's part of it). Fortunately, I was schooling my horse at a show that just happened to be relatively close to one of the top trauma hospitals in the area. One of MANY God-Things in my "story".
My right hand, fingers are very troubling to me. I really need someone to tell me that it is all due to the massive trauma and will just take some time.
Can someone please tell me that?
My Neuro-Surgeon said he expects a 100% recovery. (But he is in a different state and hasn't seen my hand.)
Glad to be a part of this forum. I normally work full-time as a High School Counselor, and am happy to say that I am TOTALLY FINE with my little medical leave.
I will not be able to go back as long as The Hand remains this way. I can't write and typing is very slow-going. And words of encouragement are most appreciated.