Sadly I think I know the answer, but wanted to ask those of you with hardware around the C5-7 levels, okay? Here is my latest, and want to see if anyone else has this. I have been having voice problems since around month 5 post op - I am a year now. I went to my ENT, and after a full exam and testing (scope), my ENT determined that my hardware was moving.
After he stated that, I showed him the x-ray which shows a cracked C6 vertebra that matches the bottom screw threads. At that time, most of my issues was crappy to no voice (whisper like), but in the last few months, I get a lot of "choke outs" when I drink things. In the last few weeks a weird cough if I am leaning forward or have my head tilted to the left. Yeah, weird. I am 99% it is the hardware, hence my new question.
Those of you with hardware, and really I think women can answer me a bit better as we don't have an "Adam's Apple" per say. When I feel the front of my neck in the location of my C6, I can feel one of those rings (sorry don't know the medical name?) in my neck sticking out about 4-6mm. If I lay my hand flat on that area, and gently push - ladies, the push amount is like that of what we do ourselves to check if we have a fever....maybe a tiny bit more? I instantly start to cough! It takes almost nothing to make it happen.
I know a lot of us can move (with our hands) our throats and 'feel' where the hardware is, but anyone cough if the do that, or cough if they barely push back on the front of their throats?
I have an RV road trip with the hubby shortly (my FIRST RV experience!!!) so when we get back, going to go to my GP to 'restart' the testing process, but I was just curious if anyone else had this sort of thing? Keep in mind, I have dissimilar hardware, and that wing thing (shape) might be why this is different for me, or the crack and movement.
Sorry this is long, but I wanted to 'try' and paste a clear picture.
Thanks so much for listening. *HUGZ* all!!!
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.