Great news! Your recent surgery was a success…
You came through recovery like a champ…
You managed to avoid any infections and you’re back home.
You never expected to be experiencing symptoms you never had before surgery:
- Tingling and/or burning in hands and feet
- Pain in your nerves
- Loss of the sense of touch or an inability to feel vibration
- Temperature changes in the flesh – do your extremities feel excessively warm or cold?
- Side effects from pain medication that cause insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
Almost makes you wonder if the surgery was worth it sometimes, doesn’t it?
What Could Be Causing Your Problems?
One cause could be a condition called hypoxia. Hypoxia can result from prolonged exposure to anesthesia used during major surgical procedures. The anesthetic used can lead to certain nerves not receiving the amount of oxygen they need to function and that can cause nerve damage. When a surgical procedure is required, the possibility of nerve damage due to oxygen deprivation can be a necessary evil.
Another possibility could be free radical damage caused by toxins. This sometimes happens in chemotherapy patients. They make it through chemo and survive cancer only to be faced with the pain associated with nerve damage. Granted, when you’re facing down cancer, pain associated with nerve damage is the least of your problems but it can really make your post-chemo life miserable.
Yet another cause could be nerve compression from things like sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome. If your surgery was for either of those conditions or some other condition caused by nerves being pinched or squeezed, your symptoms could be left over damage from pre-surgical conditions.
Next time, we’ll talk about what you need to do next to treat these painful symptoms and get your life back.