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neck pain and choking getting worse by the day

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Has anyone who has been fused at c5 c6 had choking problems years after there fusions, I am starting to be worried that I may have problems above or below my fusion.I have pain in the neck just below the skull any Ideas? Help

Had c5 c6 fusion in 2001 my graft bone the usual plate and screws. Left arm elbow reconstruction pins plates screws and wires reworked 3 times ulnar nerve moved 2 times,left rotator repair 2002, 2nd repair with partial colar bone removal 2005. Jan 6 2009 hit in head by a road reflector that was thrown by snow plow through driver side window lucky just stitches, had mri to check fusion er doc said it was intact now I am having problems


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I think I would be calling the doctor to investigate.
    I had previous fusion of c5-6 and began having difficulty swallowing after 4 years of surgery. After MRI it was discovered that I had 2 broken screws and my plate was backing out and putting pressure on my esophagus. Hopefully your issue will not turn out to be serious but I would be on the safe side and get it checked
  • thanks for the information, if you had broken screws what did you have to have done to correct it, more surgery?
    I dont think my post yesturday was to well put together I was having a very bad day I think to much meds.

    thank to all that answer Ken
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I had surgery to remove the plate and screws(the screws that were not incorporated into the bone).Also the prior fusion was a failure so I had corpectmy at c5-6 with fusion of c4-7 with new plate. If your fusion was successful and your issue is just hardware they can just remove the hardware. Have you had a recent MRI? One of the symptoms I had from the malfunctioning hardware was rapid weight loss. I was told due to the esophagus being compressed. I also had increased pain. Have you spoke with a doctor about the choking feeling? Let me know how you are doing and good luck
  • Hi Susan, I just called my neuro who did my fusion and he in not at that practice any more, so I will start to look for a new one, in my case I am not loosing weight, I dont eat as much with the choking but I am gaining about 1/2 to 1 lb a week.I have so much pain on the left side of my body I dont know where to start, I guess it is all from my neck.

  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I would start with my primary care phy.to get the ball rolling. You will probably need a referral to see a neurosurgeon (a new one). I do know that if you have neck issues it can affect the function of your thyroid gland.
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