Hi SE Sis, when was the last time you had an MRI done on your lower back? It sure sounds like you are pinching a nerve when you bend over, or something, I might suggest that you see a neurologist, and maybe even seeing a "different" neurosurgeon than the one who did the surgery on you. I think it is definitely something you should have thoroughly checked out. I am a bit curious about what you mean when you said ("It's just a split second of terrible pain and then it's gone....but the next day all the damage will show up and will last for weeks or even months....")
What damage are you referring to? and you mentioned swelling? what swelling are you having after this happens? Anyway this sure does not sound right and it is definitely something you should continue to pursue to get this resolved.
I know that every since my first disk fusion in my neck at C6/7 in 1985, I have had an abnormal gag reflex, over the years it has definitely gotten worse, and when I do certain movements it sets it off, and the gagging and wretching is so intense that I get electric shocks and needle sticks from shoulder to shoulder front and back and it hurts like the dickens. This has happened to me in physical therapy and also respiratory rehab, even right after an epidural steroid injection at the base of my skull, so it has been observed by medical personnel including my pain management doctor, but I have had no explanation for it or any relief either. I was told in 2009 when I had another ACDF at C5/6 that I had nerve damage in my neck and my right vocal cords was paralyzed, from my first fusion done in 1985. I think I can relate a little as to what your going through, and I know it isn't pleasant.
I do wish you well, and hope you can find some answers
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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