I am 57 years old and used to be very capable of any physical job needing done. I was a dairy farmer, but had to sell off the cows. First I had massive saddle pulmonary embolisms (worst they ever saw & patient still alive) from major clots in my right calf. I was on Meloxicam for what they had thought was arthritis for over 6 years. Had to stop taking it following the clots as I now will be on blood thinners for life. Within one month of dropping Meloxicam, my numbness in fingers spread to my whole hands. My primary care Dr wouldn't listen to me, so I went to spinal surgeon and MRI showed my spinal cord pinched badly, and damaged to some extent from 3 blown discs. Had posterior cervical (6mths following blood clots) surgery to decompress my spinal cord. They completely removed the rear "wishbone" from C4,5, and 6 and did remove some arthritic growth. It has been 8 months and I still have pain across my shoulders, and of course, my neck as well. It has slowed me considerably, and makes life in general not so fun. I must go to public work in 2 months or I'll not be able to pay bills. I take hydrocodone 5/325, but only when I must have relief, hardly ever taking more than 1/2 a pill a day I do not want to become hooked on them, nor have them become ineffective. My Dr says I am doing as expected, but after 8 months I was sure hoping to be feeling better. I felt better before surgery, but then I was in danger of paralysis or death and I am safe from that now. Are there any words of wisdom that can make my life easier and more normal? It has been quite the mental battle also, feeling like what I refer to as "half a man" now because I can't do what I used to, which back before all this, was twice what most do physically in a day making a living. I also cannot take Ibuprofin now due to my thinners, and Extra Strength Tylenol does absolutely nothing for me. Ibu was always my go to pain/headache reliever.
Oh, and I also still have 3 numb fingers on both hands, index & thumbs nearly normal. After a day of just light work, the numbness gets worse. Hard to sleep well still.
Post Edited (olcowhand) : 1/12/2016 5:54:41 PM (GMT-7)