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ACDF and throat weirdness

dehoyos13ddehoyos13 Posts: 290
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone....

I have a question for all you neckies out there. I'm just over 2 months post ACDF, cage with donor bone, titanium plate and 6 screws.

do any of you get the sensation of choking or as if suddenly there's an Adam's apple where God didn't put one (yes...I'm a female) :)

when I walk I can feel this thing and it is hard to walk fast. I feel as if there is pressure on my throat. I also have a hypertrophic scar that the doc thinks is slowing the healing process. Might need cortisone shots for this.

Is this normal???? In speaking with another spiney today she had similar things but she's 1 month post ACDF...so I guess we'd both like to know. I'm tired of choking on food or having to make sure I line my pill on my tongue to go down straight instead of sideways.

I can't even tip my head back to rinse my hair without it pulling and aching.

Any advice, fellow spineys?????

Thanx...any posting is greatly appreciated!!!! I love my spiney family.....


  • My advice is to go see your primary physician and have them order up a swallow test. A swallow test will show weather or not something is indeed into your esophagus and causing swallowing issues. It maybe something that has been there and surgery just brought it to the fore front and really has nothing to do with the surgery itself. But then again it could be directly related to the surgery itself. When you were at your surgeons this past week did you make them aware of this issue? If so what was his/her options. Hope you get to feeling better soon.
  • When I had my neck done, I only had that feeling for about a month. It was really bad following the surgery for a week, I was aqctually choking on the food i ate no matter how soft it was.
    As for neck movement, to this day it still kinda aches when I go swimming or anywhere I or anything where I have to tilt my head back alot, like watching fireworks.

    Hope you start feeling better soon.

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