Hi and welcome to the Chiari forum.
I would suggest u not head back to work just yet, u may have some issues post op and the more u do the more symptoms and issues u may have....it is best to rest up and allow a bit more healing.
As u heal nerves that were pinched off and or not working properly can sometimes misfire or over work all at once making us feel like we r at square one,....but it is a sign we r healing...as for the falling over, u just may be moving too fast....
I would suggest u slow down and mayb wait a little longer b4 u return to work. JMHO
I'm glad that you had a quick Dx & surgery; my guess is that those are who have the best outcomes.
Still, there could be "surprises" ahead, so I agree w/Selma, do not rush it. One "normal" seems to be the 3 month dip, so you might want to keep that in the back of your mind.
Oh sigh - I know you ladies are right I was just hoping to hear the opposite. = ( I also have a long commute - 37 miles each way. But I feel like I'm receiving hints about stopping by to do some work. Also I do not have short term disability and our bank account is quickly depleting.
I drove today to a movie and my neck aches. And that was only about 20 miles. I also noticed that when I over do it my left side feels weak - my arm is weak and my leg drags a bit.
It is possible to lose upper body strength..I know I did....and it is something that comes on gradually....u may not notice at first.....
DO u do neck exercises?
I do not do neck exercises - I'm guessing I should? Dr. Oro had said he did not think that I will need to do physical therapy.
Hi, I had my surgery on the 9th so Im just a little behind you on the recovery road. I too have the intense dizziness upon standing and have been more than happy that I had something to set back down on many times. Don't really have any solutions, but I did want to let you know that you are not alone. My husband makes me use a hiking stick to have something to help my balance lol.
If you have a desk job, is there anyway you could have someone bring you some work home? That way you could work little bits at a time when you feel like it! In a few more weeks, I'm going to approach my old job to see if that's a possibility for me!!
Anyway, take it slow and hope your recovery goes smoothly!
I did not go to physical therapy either except for what I had while still in the hospital...I was told it is to help keep the muscles from getting stiff and allowing scar tissue to form...I do have a chart in my profile...and not all of the exercises on the chart are for those with PFD surgery so do read the comments so u know which ones, but I know it did help me with how my neck feels .....