Well....I MADE IT!!! God I was so scared I wouldn't make it through the surgery but I did! I wanted to weigh my symptoms with everyone elses to see if I'm on track or if something is 'just not right' and I need to call the doc (I'm not a worry wart am I lol)
Everyday my neck is getting a little stronger. But I finally figured out last night that sleeping setting up pretty much is the only way I can get up in the morning with out excruciating pounding pressure where I feel like I need to hold my head up. It's still too early to tell if the surgery has done any good or not due to my whole body still hurting. But, by the 4th or 5th day of your post op how did you feel? Here are my symptoms:
-Incision - looks good except for at the base of my neck, a little red,bit swollen and tinder but not feverish.
*Some parts of the right side of my incision are a bit bumpy (have been since surgery, and are very numb. (afraid I'm going to get a CSF leak)
- My head throbs here an there, but most of the time it's just tender pressure and a tight neck. One spot at the base of my neck to the right feels like I have a piece of hair that's constantly being pulled on, but there is no hair there and I can tell it's on the inside.
- Still tire very easy, very hard to bend over without getting that pounding sensation when I stand back up, so I try not to bend over.
- The pain that was in my right ear before is still there, but feels like it want's to let up.
-Throat a bit tender, and still can't quite open my mouth all the way to bite food.
-Front neck still swollen and bruised from being on my belly during surgery.
Other than that I think I'm healing on track, it's just the weird pressure and numbness that's bugging me (like i said b/c i'm afraid I might end up with a CSF leak).
Any signs or symptoms that you feel I should watch out for are very welcomed. I don't know what to expect from here, or how soon I'll heal from surgery symptoms. I know the Chiari symptoms may take a while to recover from. Thank you all in advance for your answers and advice. I pray this is the only surgery I will need! And thank you all for your kind words and prayers for me this whole way!