sixty-five years old, severe pain in neck and shoulders - Paramus, NJ
Hi, I had tried everything to soothe the pain in...
I had tried everything to soothe the pain in my neck and shoulders...new memory form mattress, acupuncture, pain medications/injections, physical therapy. But the pain persisted.
Late last year it was suggested by my orthopedic surgeon that I consider breast reduction. My OB/GYN agreed, as did my pain management physician and dermatologist.
I did some research and found Dr. Zubowski (having a practice in Paramas, N.J.) to have an excellent reputation. I made an appointment and after securing "letters of medical necessity" from my various health providers, as well as Dr. Zubowski's assessment, my health insurer approved the surgery. I waited five months for my surgical date, Dr. Zubowski is THAT busy.
During that five month wait, I had access to his staff who are simply terrific. They acquired answered all my questions and even provided materials to assist me in preparing to be as healthy as possible prior to surgery - to help to ensure a strong recovery.
Imaging and testing prior to surgery all came back GO and the surgery was performed at their surgical center at commencing at about 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
When I awoke, Christine (who had walked me into surgery - was still at my side) and she remained with me until wheeling me to the door where my two adult sons assisted me into the car at about 9:00 p.m.
I had a LOT of support at home, which of course has greatly aided in my recovery.
On Thursday, March 20, 2014, the right drain was removed, but the left was still collecting a considerable amount of liquid, so it remained inserted until Monday, March 24, 2014. Donna, the nurse who removed the first drain, noticing I had my eyes clamped shut during examination and the drain removal, was surprised I didn't want to look. I told her I did not want to see the stitches, and she stated there were no stitches to see. I looked down and found there were no stitches visible (not sure why I was expecting railroad-track stitches) there the steri-strips were visible, but overall the "girls" looked pretty terrific!
Some heavy bruising started showing on Monday, March 24th, but seemed to abate very quickly, almost entirely gone by Thursday, March 26, 2014. I did not experience ANY serious pain at all, just an overall twitchy feeling, particularly in the appendages. I used a foam wedge (as Dr. Zubowski's staff had recommended) to sleep on my back with lots of pillows all around to keep me in place. Dr. Zubowski's staff had recommended a front opening sports bra to purchase and wear post-surgery.
I was able to stop taking pain medication after the removal of the second drain on Monday, March 24, 2014. I have used Tylenol before bedtime (twitching still apparently - but less).
My only serious issue has and is my the sudden onset "bone tired" feeling wherein I MUST lay down. Friends and family have arranged to take me out to lunch and a movie, and we are lucky we can get me through lunch! Just going outdoors and engaging in conversation sapped alll my strength. This all-consuming wave of exhaustion is impossible to shake off. It hits hard and fast. Admittedly, while it is still happening, it does not require sleep so much as me to become prone.
I see Dr. Zubowski tomorrow morning, and will tell him of the sudden "bone tired" attacks. While I was planning to return to work on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, which would be two weeks to the day following surgery, I tend to think I might need an additional week, when hopefully the "bone tired" attacks will gradually subside and be gone entirely!
In closing, my neck and shoulders feel great - I'm thinking I wish I had done this sooner!
Dr. Zubowski described the procedure and the hoped for results. While he did not assure that the procedure would eliminate the now all-consuming neck and shoulder pain, he explained that many of his patients had reported they experienced less pain following the procedure. I will say, while this was never about aesthetics, I appreciated that Dr. Zubowski intuitively understood I was still worried about my appearance. I can say unequivocally, I knew when I left his office I had found the right surgeon.