Nov 24, 2012 - 9:15 am
Anyone out there experience swelling several weeks after their surgery?
I had a selective dissection 5 weeks ago, was healing well but started swelling three days ago, large obvious areas along the incision site, the left side of my neck,and under my chin. Red, warm to the touch, some areas are hard, some soft, but no fever.
I contacted my ENT and was advised to go to the ER as there may be a bleed. CT shows a 'mass' but the radiologist cannot identify it, some type of fluid or 'hypodensity'. Tests for an infection were negative, and I was sent home with a broad spectrum anti-biotic.
Things seem slightly better today, but I have odd tingling in my left arm, pain in my neck, the teeth in the left side of my mouth, and a feeling of congestion on the left side of my face as well as pitting edema under my chin. My 'turkey wattle' from rads can be gently pushed on and you can feel the fluid move, just like deflating a pool toy!
Have any of our family experienced anything like this? I'm seeing the ENT on Monday and right now I'd like nothing more than to relieve the pressure feeling.