Desperatly need help. After 4 level acdf c2 through c5 still having major swallowing problems still cant swallow solids only liquids. I have lost more than 20 lbs also still have swelling at certain times of the day ie if I sit up or walk to long and at night and in morning. NS had me go in for xray and saw minimal swelling but at the time I had been lying down. Dont know what to do I can't lose anymore weight. Do I ask dr NS to do another xray at the time I am swelling. I can feel when it is swelling. By the 5th day after surgery I was so swollen that I couldn't swallow at all doc put me on high dose steroids and was going to put me back in the hospital if the first does didn't work. thankfully it did but when I tapered down to 3 a day it went right back to where it was so was on for another week after dropping down to 2 started again but not as bad. He doesn't want me to take any more steroids because of possibly hurting the fusion. Also pain has almost been unbearable. Cant sleep over an hour or 2 at a time and the stress and being hungry all the time. I never thought it would be this hard. Any advice would be helpful. I really thought I was stronger than this. Sorry for the long post. Thanks everyone for listening.