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What the !!!!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,002
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Yay, I hit three weeks tommorow and I am loosing my MIND 8} I dont know whats happening with my body now, if its meds, or if its the new symptom for the third week I dont know. Outside of feeling like there is a tonka truck in my back now, and feeling like I could shoot lightning from my big toe...I now have these wierd night time issues.
I get hot, then cold, then sweat, my head gets all swimmy and dizzy, face will flush. I feel like I have vertigo everynight now for four nights in a row. Oddly, when I take my meds which I take around ten, one Soma, one Percacet...30 minutes later it goes away. Are they related? The bone growth stimulator also has the side effect of feeling faint, so Im not sure if its that either. Im not sure what it is but it happens like clock work and these symptoms flare up between 7 and 8 at night. Tonight I finally got aggitated by it all and this new symptom broke the proverbial camels back. ~X( I know this is a long process, and I am just barely out of surgery but cabin fever is setting in. Not being able to bend or lift or twist or put a plate in the dish washer or just plop down on a chair to eat...its all just getting to me @) I feel like everyday throws a new wierd symptom and I have to play pin the tail on the medical donkey to figure out what it might be so I can be more at ease.
First...whats with the vertigo and flushing does anyone have an idea for me?
Second...I needed to vent. #:S
Thrid...How common is this aggitation in the beginning, the cabin fever part, and feeling like life is on standby? :''(
Sorry, I have no where else to turn to and I feel like today Im loosin my cool a bit. (except when I have a hot flash ;) I at least tried at humor)
Help... :(
It almost makes me wish I had never done this (but rational me knows it had to be done)...


  • I understand your frustration and wish I knew what to say to help-but like you I have issue that go beyond just the pain of the surgery, but also the menopause, family stress, medicine side effects-sometimes I feel like an ogre, lol!

    Please take one day at a time-if you think a med is doing it-see if the doctor can try something different. If you need stress release-find a quite room and listen to some music and light a candle. Who knows what will help? :) I drink hot chocolate. I know-sounds dumb but it helps me.

    Good luck!
  • I know that my whole post was one big whine fest, so I appreciate your response. Encouragement helps so much so thank you :) Seems like sense the surgery Ive been a little more apt to loose my cool or not so much in control of emotions. Wait...thats a side effect of percaset :? I really need a med check huh. Thanks again I appreciate it. >:D<

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  • It can cause us to suddenly have an alter ego who comes and goes as she/he pleases. The feeling faint might be your stimulator if so you need to tell your doc before you actually hit the ground. Could also be your meds plus the stimulator. Just offering you some hope here but just when you think the cabin fever is going to do you in once and for all, you will all of a sudden find yourself doing the little things that make you feel human again. So hang in there sweetheart the time seems to pass slowly at first but then life will come calling and want you back out there and being productive. I wish you all the best in your healing and stop beating yourself up over what you can't do today. So what if the dishes didn't make it to the dishwasher today? There will always be tomorrow. I actually took 2 days to load my dishwaher after my surgery and mine was cervical so I really didn't even have the BLT rule to apply. I just didn't feel like doing it so I didn't. :D
  • thank you for being so sweet. yes i feel as though i have some sort of alter ego right now and i know it is going to get better but today wasnt so much that day. i will get my docs advice on this vertigo type hot flashing, chilling temperature changes and swimming head (before i hit the floor!) I wish this all came with a manual haha. Thanks again
  • It's called Spine-Health. :) I've found more answers here than in my doctor's office. So open it up and read read read. You will find you're perfectly normal.
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  • Your evening symptoms kind of sound like withdrawals. How long do you go before taking that evening dose?

    Bone growth stimulator making you feel faint? Not sure how that would happen unless it makes you be in some sort of weird posture that doesn't work for you right now.

    I think you could be a new kind of superhero if you could shoot lightening from your big toe. We could put a cape on you and call you "The Electric Toe." =))

    Seriously, sounds like your evening symptoms might be from withdrawals. Maybe you're waiting too long for that dose.
  • I also thought it could very well be withdrawl as I take the medicine 24 hours apart. Yet...I use the bone stimulator during the day. In the info I got with the Stimulator it has a list of things that are adverse effects with fainting being one of well as nausea, skin rash etc. So is it happening after the stimulator, or is withdrawl setting in. I have no idea :S I do have my first PT tommorow so maybe they can shed some light and it is in the same office as my surgeon so I should get some answers on it tommorow. *crossing fingers*
    I had drop foot and the sensation from a year long coma is waking up so thats why I have this electric foot lol, it does feel like I could shoot a taser out of my toe. I should put it to good use and help fight city crime :D I will be checking to see if its withdrawl cause this is ridiculous and let you guys know what I find out. Miserable night. I have my meds in me now and Im ...fine in the dizzy department...ugh. Where is my manual!!!!! :W
  • to all of you who understand I needed to vent but also need some input on this vertigo problem. Much appreciated. :-C
  • Hi Erica,

    I can't comment on your nighttime symptoms - I never experienced that. The only dizziness I felt was after taking a whole Soma!

    Regarding cabin fever, I can understand how tough it is to not be able to bend, twist, lift anything, etc. I was a fairly active person, so it seemed like hell doing nothing but sleeping, laying on the couch in front of the TV, eating, going to the bathroom and walking twice a day. Truly, that was my day for the first 6-8 weeks. Since then, I have slowly been able to add more activities to my daily routine.

    For me, it was difficult for the first 2 weeks. Since there was nothing I could do about it, I then decided to accept my short-term fate. Yes, I would have an occasional hour or two of depression, but by accepting the situation it became easier to deal with.

    I know it is extremely difficult, but as I keep preaching ... PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE.

    I don't know if this will help, but I kept telling myself if I didn't accept the situation and tried to do things I shouldn't do, I could make things worse and extend my time on restrictions. I can't think of a better motivator than the threat of staying on restrictions longer than the original plan! :)))

    I know it's hard, but you can do it. You've already made it 3 weeks - the next 3 will fly by.
  • I don't think the bone growth stimulator would be causing the sensation your having. Unless there is a static electricity thing going on in your house. I had a thing in the hospital that everytime they took an X-ray, I could feel it. The technician on duty said there was no way I could feel an x-ray. I agreed with her in principle, but everytime they pushed the button and took a picture, it felt like my gown all the way down to my toes would tingle. After three times, they called a maintenance guy to make sure there wasn't a problem. Come to find out that in winter, when it's butt a$$ cold outside, an x-ray machine can generate enough power for you to feel a static charge.

    I agree with Angie that the majority of what you're feeling is withdrawl. It doesn't take long for the drugs they give us to begin affecting our bodies in a way we don't like. This could also explain incresed back pain (classic withdrawl symptom). Percocet is a pretty strong pain killer. You may see if the doctor will step it down a little bit and see if your still having issues.

    I think everyone who has gone through a fusion has been through the depression/anxiety stage. I sure did. What helped me more than anything is when I was cleared to drive and could go to Taco Bell again. There is NO PROBLEM a #2 combo can't fix! (just kidding!). I think you will feel better once you can get out.

    Keep your head up, it will get better.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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