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Strange post-op thingy

Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,702
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I don't know how to explain this, but I'll do my best. (I hope nobody thinks I'm absolutely nuts.)

When I got home from surgery, I didn't have any swallowing/sore throat issues. What I did have was this very strange thing - every time I ate or drank anything, I'd get what felt like pressure, maybe a bubble, at the base of my throat in my esophegus (sp?) and it would make me burp. Sometimes the pressure would be so great that it was painful.

It finally went away, but today it's back. It's now not only in the lower throat, but down about 5-6 inches, too, and burns. I'm positive it's not heartburn it just feels like a big bubble and is very uncomfortable.

Has anybody experienced this very strange post-op symptom? Do you know what it is? :/



  • Cath,
    I'm assuming you had a breathing tube in when you were in surgery. Thats the only thing I can think of.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • Don't know why it's happening, but you can take simethicone. That's the stuff you give in drops to babies for gas. It doesn't hurt you, it reduces surface tension(breaks up the mucous) covering gas bubbles and lets them break up. Could give this a try???? Give your nurse a call too, just in case it's something.
  • your throat is still swollen from the surgery and will be for a few weeks. I had that too - try gargle some salwater and see if it goes away. Otherwise, yes, it will go away sooner or later. GOOD LUCK
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