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1 week ACDF post-op; new symptoms

Aug 15, 2016 7:55 PM

Yesterday I started having strange symptoms in my neck and chin area on the left side of my face. It started hurting with tingling, stinging, & burning pain, from the top of the ACDF incision on my neck to the bottom lip (left side only), and the edge of my left nostril. At times there's a shooting pain through it. I have never experienced this before after the two other neck surgeries. Does anyone have any idea of what it might be?

Aug 16, 2016 4:06 AM

It sounds like nerves are waking up and they are angry. Hope they will calm down soon.

Aug 16, 2016 4:28 AM

Oh God, Flappsy!!! I am so sorry. I wish that there was something I could tell you to make it better. Hold onto your faith, call the doctor in the morning. Perhaps he can get you in to see you and check out why you're having these issues. Perhaps he can give you something to make you feel better.. I hope so!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜

Aug 16, 2016 8:54 PM

Though the symptoms are still present, they're much calmer today. My hubby asked where my pain patch was and I said it was on my back. He said it wasn't there and we figured it must have washed down the shower drain. Maybe that's why I could feel the pain?

@ LMB, I think you're right about its waking up and very angry! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

AlwayZ, I'm just going to ride it out, unless it worsens. If it's worse tomorrow I may call. But if it's the nerves waking up, there's not much they can do about it. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Aug 16, 2016 9:31 PM

Flappys how are u feeling better. I'm so far behind on everybody and all the post. How do u feel today? Did u get your symptoms worked out

Aug 17, 2016 1:57 AM

๐ŸŠMy patch floated ๐Ÿ˜off into the distance when i went for a dip in my pool...๐Ÿซ i woke at 5am in a horrid ๐Ÿชfent crash... d'oh! ๐ŸดMy bad... but boy did i know about it in the night...๐Ÿ”and in the morning i realized...๐Ÿค” im a Tit! Shudda ๐Ÿ˜‰checked my sorry ass when i left the damn pool!๐Ÿค” Erm... self inflicted!๐Ÿ˜š So yesterday๐Ÿช i felt like crap ๐Ÿ™‚... get ur wonderful ๐Ÿ’‘hubby to check u over ๐Ÿ‘every day sweetpea... cant loose those patches... ๐Ÿ˜šnow can we girls!

Keeps me on my toes tho... ๐Ÿชknowing๐Ÿค— my body needs the pain patch for real pain... ๐Ÿดunderneith the pain of ๐Ÿ™‚withdrawal! ๐Ÿค—

Aug 17, 2016 8:02 PM

Newfibrogirl, I had to take some cold medicine last night for cough & congestion. I've coughed all night since Sunday, but last night after the meds I crashed until 5 am! It was much needed rest but I coughed from 5 am on. I had a severe nose bleed after sneezing then blowing my nose yesterday. It took 15 minutes of clamping my nostrils together to get it to stop. Then my nasal congestion worsened. A nurse prepping me for surgery came in coughing & raspy voiced. Thank you!! Anyway, after last night's sleep I felt much better.

As for the neck- chin symptoms, they've spread to include the whole left cheek from nose to ear and neck to eye. But thankfully it's less intense, more tingly than anything, it's bearable. I'm still trying soft foods but the more liquid the better. When the food sticks trying to go down, or tries to go down my windpipe, I sound like Sme'agol/Gollum, from "Lord of the Rings" trying to cough it back up. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Lol. If that doesn't clear up I'll never eat in public again, because it sounds like I'm going to throw up.

My dog won't leave my side except when I go to bed; he makes sure I'm all tucked in!๐Ÿ˜‰. And he's stopped eating his breakfast until I'm up. Lol he's so loving and loyal. ๐Ÿ•. It took me until yesterday to catch up on every post. I logged in today and I'm like, ""what! Where they all come from?โ€ My hubby is taking good care of me but he goes back to work next Monday. I still won't be able to do a lot so we're trying to figure out ways to help when I'm alone. He has his mom's old microwave and put it in the counter top; ours is over the stove, way over my head. I'm not to reach overhead for anything. When I started fighting out what all I'm not to do it's like "WHOA! That is a lot of my daily activities.". I want to follow docs orders so I heal well but it's going to be a trial without him home to remind me. I hope you will have a better weekend than you have the past week (just read your other post).

Lulabel, I've never used the Fentanyl before except during and right after surgery. I really think that's why my neck and face hurt so much more while it was missing. I'm going to try and go without it when it's time to change though. Since it does work is rather come off it as quickly as possible and reserve it for surgeries. But we'll see.

Hugs love & prayers everyone has a good night/day! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

Aug 17, 2016 8:15 PM

Flappys so glad your resting and I'd be so mad about getting from. From a nurse before I had surgery. I'm sorry u have thst on top of everything else.
Is it possible for you get a home health person to come in for an hour or two just help get things down make u a meal? I wish I was closer is certainly come help u out. I'm glad you have you big baby( puppy) to help watch over you.

Aug 18, 2016 12:58 AM

Good plan sweetheart ๐ŸŒน
Keep those๐Ÿค— fent patches for post op.๐Ÿ˜š..u know they work really well... so its great to hear ๐Ÿ‘ u can keep them in reserve! ๐Ÿด my hubby been off work ๐Ÿ‘…for three ๐Ÿ’ปwhole๐Ÿ–ฑ longass โŒจmonths... after rotary cuff repair โ˜” but i am so ready for him to go back lol! Omg if moaning โ˜” was an olimpic ๐ŸŽฝsport...๐Ÿ‹ the man โ›ณwould ๐ŸŒget gold ๐ŸŽ–...hehehe so im ready! Hes been working from home... so i gotta be ๐Ÿquiet ...๐Ÿญlike a mouse ๐Ÿ€... im so not a mouse! Im a clumsy oaf... bouncing ๐Ÿดfrom wall ๐Ÿซto wall thru the house...๐Ÿช not great for him...๐Ÿ˜œ but i cant even fart ๐ŸŒฌ without him casting ๐Ÿ˜ค an evil stare my way...๐Ÿด hehehe im waiting for Monday... ๐Ÿชwhen he will finally go back to work ๐Ÿซ... and i can use the๐Ÿ‘… damn hoover again! (Hes made me sweep the carpets for 3 months!)โ˜” Im so over it!

Aug 18, 2016 12:50 PM

Newfibrogirl, out insurance won't cover home health. But that's OK because I've been through this before. The only real difference is I can't raise my hands above my shoulders, so that eliminates lot more i can do. He also doesn't want me bending over, so no dishwasher loading/unloading, washer or dryer use, etc. My hubby actually has 6 weeks paid vacation time he can take off if I can't manage on my own next week. But like Lulabel, ๐Ÿ˜š. I'm kind of ready for him to go back to work, at least part time. Our insurance wouldn't cover home health anyway. I just hope I can manage it. He's going to do all good prep before he leaves. He's been really good help, extremely good, but I need some solo time. Two weeks cooped up in a house is driving me nuts ๐Ÿ˜ฒ too! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

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