Well, it will be one week tomorrow since I had my neck surgery. I have to say the actual incision sites (neck & hip graft) don't really hurt much. The first two days I felt like I had broken my hip each time I had to stand to go to the bathroom, but have been able to work most of that out. I do still have a swollen knot w/ some bruising at the hip incision, I kinda think it's a small hematoma. My neck tends to get tense and burns in the muscles when I overdo anything, like taking a shower or getting up to eat at the table. I really absolutely hate my hard neck brace, I feel like it bends my neck forward just a tad too much and I'm getting stress on my neck muscles, however, when I put on my soft brace, I don't feel like it is quite giving my neck the support I'm needing right out of surgery. I was quite surprised that the nurses kept me in the soft brace the entire stay in the hospital, when I asked them about the hard brace they said I could wear it home if I wanted to, but it wasn't necessary, that it was a precaution if I were to fall or something like that. I wore the hard brace home just in case, and have worn it about 85% of the time.
I think what is bothering me the absolute most is the difficulty swallowing. I keep thinking I have food stuck in my throat after eating. I can't tell if it is food, or just swelling that I'm feeling...it's driving me crazy!!! Has anyone else had this, and if so how long does it last?? I've noticed my throat doesn't bother me so much when I first wake up in the morning, but as the day progresses and as I eat meals, I seem to notice it more. It feels like my esophagus is still laying to the right of my neck. I'm wondering if I should but heat or cold on my throat, or if it will even help. Any ideas out there??