surgery day getting closer ....or is it??

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grandmaroses
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   Posted 3/11/2012 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have posted before about getting ready for surgery and received wonderful tips and support. My surgery date id Mar 26 and I had to get pre-op done you know blood work, xrays, ecg. I failed the ecg so hospital made me 2 emergency appts and I am getting stressed about things.

I know what an ultra sound is and the other is a pharmatologic mpi. The dr said I need these done before surgery so monday and wednesday they will be done. I am concerned about this should I be??

I am still withdrawing from cymbalta, still having brain zaps but they are getting less and less and also have stopped diet pop and aspertame, do you think I did too much?? All I wanted was to have the fusion and give myself the best chances of it being successful and instead I think I have created a problem.

I did tell the Dr about stopping the lyrica and cymbalta and he said do not take it again ever and the the aspertame he said good.

Do you think I should be more worried?

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   Posted 3/11/2012 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I hope the appointments will show good results for you and that you will be able to have the surgery (assuming that is what you want). It is hard for me to recommend something that did not work for me, however, there must be an incredible number of people who have great success, or they wouldn't still be doing the procedures.

I'm certainly not one to give the best advice on worry...but worry never solved anything. You can only disccuss your own position with your surgeon and, please be certain that he/she is the absolute best.

Please be sure to keep us posted on your progress.
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   Posted 3/11/2012 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I very much would like this done as much as I know it has failed for some it works for others. I have 2 herniated discs as of Thursday and the pain is so bad. I have never had any heart issues and I am actually scared, wish I could read an ecg, darn.

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   Posted 3/11/2012 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope all goes well with your tests too. I will keep you in my thoughts. I'm no doctor, but as for the ECG, I know when I was detoxing from sugar, caffeine, and sodas because of my GBP, I would sometimes have feelings like panic attacks, so that might be what showed up.I know it's easier said than one, but just try to keep your mind clear and think positive things. You take care of yourself. :)

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   Posted 3/11/2012 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes for successful surgery. My pain doc asked me a couple of visits ago if I was ready for it yet, and I said no, not yet. But ready or not it may be coming, so I'm following your posts.

I'd believe the doc. I didn't tolerate those meds and get horrible tachycardia when I consume aspartame. If you have heart problems other than what may be being caused by those things, it's best to find out before surgery so they can put you on a little beta blocker or something. Then you and the docs will feel safer.

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   Posted 3/11/2012 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Grandma, hopefully it was just a fluke on not passing the EKG, I have seen this happen before to people. I have no idea why they did not pass but in the end they were just fine thank goodness. I have had several abnormal EKG's and do have some issues but nothing life threatening.

Please try to remain calm over this, sure would not want a bunch of stress messing things up. Take care.
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grandmaroses
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   Posted 3/11/2012 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Tomorrow heart ultrasound not concerned about that one but have been told on wed they are going to medically stress my heart and there is high possibility of heart attack. I don't know why the nurse told me this, she then reminded me I will be closely monitored and full cardiac team and equipment will be there.

Now to make things even nicer I have also developed a very irritated (heat) rash under my breasts so they are extremely sore and gravity is not my friend every movement hurts so bad.

I hope they give me some answers tomorrow when they do the ultrasound, I don't know why they wouldn't after all it is my body.

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   Posted 3/12/2012 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Grabdma

It doesnt accomplish anything by worring. Blood pressure goes up and you get more stressed.

Just know that I will be praying for you and I know that you will feel the comforting love surround you during the tests.

Please let us know how you do with the tests because we do care so much about you

Soft Hugs
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   Posted 3/12/2012 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Aww....sending you some hugs Grandmaroses...

I promise, you are safe doing these tests....They will not let anything happen to you...(Believe me...if people were dropping like flies on these tests it would be all over the news!!!)...LOL

Trying to add a bit of humor in:)

My mom has done 4 of those type of tests and even though your heart is racing during it...it will be fine...

As Stray mentioned, many times there is a false positive on the original EKG or ECG...so they are just being safe before your surgery. It's good they are being thorough!

We are thinking of you and keep us posted this week..
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   Posted 3/12/2012 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Rose, I am thinking about you today, wondering if they are doing a chemical induced stress test by chance. I have those done yearly now, was terrified on the first one but it went fine so now I know what to expect.

Hope all went well for you today.
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   Posted 3/12/2012 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you much luck. Hope all goes well for you. One day at a time Rose. You will get thru this.

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   Posted 3/12/2012 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
The test is called thallium stress test and due to my back issues no treadmill so yes chemically induced. The instructions are a bit detailed but I'm ok with them I am not ok with the nurse who scared the crap out of me. I went for the ultrasound today and the office is so so hot in there. I'll post again when I am done on wed I am already on the no caffeine part so getting a tad edgy here I really like my coffee and have recently been having tea in the evening because it breaks up water since no more pop, diet pop, etc.
Thanks again
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   Posted 3/12/2012 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck Rose
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   Posted 3/16/2012 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Well its Friday and I finally feel well enough to post. I ended up opting out of the medically induced part of the stress test and did the tredmill. They still inject the thallium but at least I did not have more meds in my system than that. I walked in and out on my own so I passed that part ...yippee. I have a dr appt on Monday with my family Dr who probably has no idea what is happening but I realized late today if I stretch out my pain meds they might last until Monday.

I have spent the last couple of days with my head in a bucket so I think reaction to thallium. I made a list of things I have to have done by next week and if I keep busy time will pass quickly. Thanks again for being here its so nice to be able to vent to people who actually know what pain is.

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   Posted 3/17/2012 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear things went well even though you are feeling sick to your stomach...

I'm glad that they will be ok with doing the surgery even without that part of the exam...

We are all praying that everything goes smoothly and recovery is fast!

Keep us posted..
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   Posted 3/18/2012 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Snowbunny I did the entire test I just did it physically instead of being injected to stress my heart. I have not heard for anyone about my surgery the report has to be sent to the hospital and the surgeon, internist and anesthesiologist have to determine if they will still continue with the surgery or not.

I will be in contact on Monday with my family Dr who probably will not even be aware there was an issue and then on Friday to confirm surgery time. I wonder if my Dr can give me a little something to settle my nerves I am getting scared and feeling very mortal at the moment. I am not ready to meet my maker yet.

My hubby and I have not even gone there the what if something goes wrong talk will have to happen soon I guess. I have told him I am having a few problems with handling this surgery, its not like anything we have been through yet. Please keep me in your prayers.

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   Posted 3/18/2012 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
 
     Hello Grandma!
 
         I remember well those feelings, and had them right into the pre-op room. I was so jacked up they gave me 100mg of Fentanyl...just to calm me. The surgeon even came to my bedside and asked if I wanted to go through with it.
 
 I had forgot to take my heart med's prior to surgery, and this alarmed the nurse, and they ordered it quickly just minuets before going in. So as you can see what I was thinking just before the surgery! smhair
 
    All of this is normal....just do the best you can. It might be a good thing to call your PCD and see if he has any ideas to calm you. Anyone going into this type of surgery would feel this way....but I think once you get the report back on the heart...and if it is good...then it will help relax you a bit. Lets just hope all is well. I'm sure ypour in good hands if they are checking all of this. If they say it's a go...then you should be fine.
 
      Take care,
 
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   Posted 3/18/2012 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grandma,

Thanks for explaining it a bit more as I obviously misunderstood:)

I hope all the test results come out good and you can just get this surgery over and done!

As SE mentions....many of us feel nervous before major surgery...

This is where my faith came in handy....that I gave it all up to God! Hopefully when you mention your nerves to the Dr. they can give you something....

Kind of a funny story....My 3rd fusion surgery was a biggie as they went in from the front AND the back of the neck during the same 8 hour long surgery.....Thankfully my surgeon wasn't one who believed on tapering any pain meds beforehand....he believes that people shouldn't have to suffer and hurt more....

So I was on Oxycontin at the time....and he gave me a schedule to take them....I had to get up in the middle of the night to take one...than he had upped the dosage by 50% the morning of....This, along with the medicine they give you by IV....he wanted to get a jump on the surgery as he knows how painful it is...

Well...I was separated and almost divorced at the time but my husband came to the hospital....along with my Pastor, mom, and a bunch of friends...All to pray with me beforehand...Let's just say I was feeling NO pain at that moment and barely remember the goofy things I said to everyone (I am told...LOL)....Same thing with coming out of the surgery...I don't remember much at all but said something about how cute my married Pastor is!!! ...Obviously not in a flirting way...but in a funny way....:)

Anyway...just wanted to say that I will be praying for you...and know you will do just fine....I know it's not easy....but try not to worry or stress to keep your BP down and just know you are in good hands...

Maybe even try the day/night before to watch some of your favorite movies or tv shows...I know for me that doing this can help me just get absorbed into something else and put worries aside...

Sending you some hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

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   Posted 3/21/2012 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Saw my Dr on Monday he said I have been approved for the surgery so in 5 days I will be in hospital for spinal fusion and discectomy? and some other technical name which I will learn but just not now. I have been very irritable this past week and just plain scared but Dr gave me a little something when I feel overloaded to relax me.

Watching my favorite movies is a great idea and I think I can focus on this being a good thing because I can barely move right now due to pain in my back. My poor family I'm so lucky they have not ran away from home yet, lol.

I will know what time the surgery will be until Friday so until then I am going to continue prepping my home, I have cleaning crew coming in Thurs and Friday and a friend coming on Sat to help put my railings and safety items together. Hubby has to work extra hours before my surgery so he can have a couple of days off to be with me.

Thank you everyone for being here, for your great suggestions and most of all for caring.
Take care
Rose



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   Posted 3/28/2012 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
 
       ...I'm thinking Garandmaroses should have had surgery by now....maybe today?...or yesterday?
 
   Does anyone know what her surgery date was?....I would have liked to send her off with prayers and well wishes.
 
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   Posted 3/28/2012 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Her surgery was scheduled for Monday, the 26th. I don't anticipate us hearing anything right away, the computer will be the last thing on her mind for a few days.
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