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Question for all of you......

PollyRPPollyR Posts: 411
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello Everyone....just a simple question today...I know I ask ALOT of questions!!! LOL

Do any of you that have or are having neck problems get "Choked" alot?? I have read about alot of you having the swallowing issue but havent seen much choking issues.....

Please tell me your experiances!!

Thank you my friends :):)



  • I do have problems swallowing when I have spasms in my throat.
  • Hello Rustybones, How are you doing today??

    Do you ever get choked on food or drink?? I am asking just because I get choked ALOT and my cervical area has always been a problem....my x-rays from the side show that my neck goes forward curve instead of curving back....So I thought I would check with the "experts"..:):)
  • Howdy!

    In response to your question, yes all the time! My issues though are that around 5 months post op from my last fusion, I developed a crack in my C6 vertebra and this has been allowing movement between my hardware. Initial thought from a Neurologist was I had a paralyzed cord. With that stated, my ENT (Ear Nose & Throat Doctor) found this movement is continuously inflaming my vocal cords, thankfully no parallelization of the cord. This makes them 'bow' when they close instead of being tight and flat, and lets liquids (mainly) slip past. Liquids from drinks, sinuses choke me out constantly, sometimes food as well - mainly liquids. This varies with my head position.

    The other thing with mine is it fubars my voice a lot. Now that I am not working (retired), the voice isn't as strained, and therefore just deep now. If I talk a lot, or sing, it gradually dwindles down to a whisper. Not sore. I am in the 'waiting game' to see if the crack will heal on its own, and as such the movement would stop. This has been going on with me since December 09! A visit to an ENT might be a good way to go for now Polly. Hope you feel better. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • i have had food caught , never no when its going to happen and takes awhile for it to go down , its quite scarey when this happens
  • Thank you Brenda and Flower!! I really really hope you both get to the point where it does not do that anymore!!! Hugs and healing thoughts out your way!!!
  • You're Welcome Polly. I hope you find out what is causing your choke outs. *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • sure hope you can get yours sorted, its another thing ive yet to add to the list for my ns
    sending you positive healing energy
  • yes, I had a large spinal fusion from just below my shoulders to my tailbone. Before surgery I mentioned to my surgeon that I frequently felt so "full" & that I felt I was choking sometimes when taking a bite of something. He said that he heard that from a lot of his patients.

    My spine was pushing a lot of things out of place - after surgery & it's been 18 months - I have never experienced that choking again. It really causes a panic type feeling - I hope it goes away for you.
  • Last night this happened to me! I was watching t.v. when it happened and I started to PANIC! If I sipped some beverage I could swallow................but all I kept thinking was that if I fell asleep and couldn't sip on something that I was going to choke to death.
    I was really 'happy' to come across other people that had experienced the same thing.
    Is this strength in numbers that we have here lol..seriously, though, I'm wondering what made this 'hit' on me right before bedtime...??
  • Everyone has the occasional "breathe/swallow" at the wrong time. The key to look for is if it becomes common. Or as I use to call it "oops, wrong tube!" :) Hopefully that's all it was for you.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I don't choke on food, but I've started experiencing something that I experienced before my ACDF.

    I get this feeling like I'm being choked, like there's pressure around my neck and I get flushed red in the face during the episode then it goes away.

    I've found no rhyme or reason to these episodes and wonder if anyone feels this type of thing.

  • :O I am fused c4-c7 and yeppers I choke, have trouble swallowing from time to time. I eat things that are soft, like yogurt. I stay away from hamburgers or things that hard to chew. I am not quite to the cream of wheat stage, but I am sure it won't be long. Surely there is a country song in this somewhere, we are fusers, chokers, gulpers, and sippers...:)
  • I have C2/3 issues as you know, and as such I have tightness and numbness constantly like a scarf around my neck. More so from my chin to just below my C6/7 scar and the 'band' is about 2 inches on the right side of my esophagus wraps around the front to the back of my left ear.

    You mentioned somewhere that you were having issues above your fusion. Have they looked, and is it possible C3 nerves are being irritated? Just a thought. Oh, I don't get the flush face though, just the feeling of a scarf (snug) around my neck as described above. *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • You have all made me feel better...I know wierd right??

    Brenda, I have lost my insurance since my fusion.....I get my meds from my GP but as far as going to a specialist again, we just cant afford it!! I have tried the SSI/SSDI but they say my hubby makes too much......I just want the medical coverage...no money...:)

    I will try again when we move to Cali....I need to get my whole spine checked again.....You know how sometimes YOU JUST KNOW that this is NOT right?? I am there!!!
  • Polly,

    SSDI has nothing do with the amount of money you make. The only thing it has to do with is if you have enough credits to qualify. Now SSI does have to do with your level of income. SSDI is when you are injured and can't do any type of work at all.
  • I had tried to get the SSI cause I have never had a job till after my fusion, backwards isnt it?? LOL....So I can not get the SSDI.....I will try for the other....any medical coverage would be better than this!!! Thank you:):)
  • You may have already mentioned this and I missed it? Does your husbands employer offer him insurance? If so, why are you not under his insurance? I am guessing like many jobs now a days, the employee is not offered insurance through the job - just curious.

    And yes whole heartedly, I know that feeling of "something just ain't right" for sure! *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hello Brenda,

    I was on Hubbies Insurance through work and we were paying like $450 per month for the 2 of us and the insurance wanted to raise it ANOTHER $1600 a year....We just could not afford to keep it! :(....We are preparing to move to California and as soon as we get there I am applying for SSI since neither of us will be working!! Maybe I can get medical that way...keep your fingers crossed!! :)

    So now I am un-insured and hurting soo bad...I had to do "Water Reads" today in my job and bending over 106 times is NOT fun!! Sorry I dont mean to get whiney on you!! I really appreciate the Hugs, you are awesome!!
  • Sorry Polly, had to "bonk" my head there, as I now remember the cost issue. Bonk! (G) Thanks though for putting it back out there - I must be having another Lyrica moment! :)

    What is "Water Reads?" Sorry it is causing you that much more pain woman! *HUG* Hopefully California will be a great place to get a new start. I will keep my fingers crossed for your SSI. <-- That can be a long fight, as SS does nothing fast. Just picture yourself in the middle of a "spiney circle" of support. We do that around these parts! Gentle *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Oh its ok Brenda, I have to do that sometimes too...:). Water reads are when I have to go around to every water meter in the park, 106, and bend over and use my digital reader to see how much water was used....I hate having to do those!!!

    When we went to Ca back in July I hardly hurt at ALL..even after the 18 hour ride...LOL. Hubby says its because of the high altitude here puts pressure on "bad" parts of our body...:)

    Hugs right back at ya'!! :)
  • Polly,

    Thanks, makes sense now! Yeah I would think that would bother even "good" backs. Ouch!! What kind of park is that in? RV, Trailer? Remember, gotta guard and protect that there back woman!! :)

    Less pain for you in Cali? Sounds like a win win to me!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Brenda, I manage the mobile home park where we live....oh yeah its not a good thing to bend that much...the knees get tired and "rice krispy" sounding and then you just have to bend the back!! :(:(. And I cant wait to get back to Ca...But thank goodness that you ALL get to come with me..LOL:).

    You know I have to tell you this though...my Hubby is so awesome...we have a really tall bed and the other night I was saying that its really not easy for me to get in to bed!! I went to the bathroom and came out and he had put our little plastic step stool right next to my side of the bed!! It works like a CHAMP!! He is wonderful...I am SO blessed!!!
  • Makes sense now. Since we RV travel, and stay in camps and parks, that's what I thought. Are you guys in an RV or a mobile home? Is it going with you to California? Hopefully you guys will do better once you settle down out there. :)

    I too have an awesome hubby! When I got not so good news from my NS, I was in "pity party" mode on the drive home, and during that drive I mumbled that I was sorry, and that he didn't sign on for this s**t. His reply with no delay as "In sickness and in health..." My spirits were raised. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • We live in a Mobile but its not coming with.....we are gonna stay with my hubbies oldest daughter and her wife!! They are the most wonderful people!!!

    And doesnt it make being in pain SO much easier when we have our hubbies to supposrt us sooo well!!!

    God Bless both of our men and every hubby that is supposrting a "pain" wife!!!!
  • Polly,

    Hopefully it will all work out. Are you guys going to be able to get insurance in California? Also too, have you guys looked to see what type of medical support for your issues is nearby?

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Brenda, you brought up some great points!! I have been applying for jobs that offer health insurance but I am not sure about the facilities.....I will have to check on that!!!

    >:D< I have really really enjoyed talking with you this afternoon!!!
  • Thanks for the info. Yes, I have nerve problems at C2/3 and C3/4, but worst at C3/4. This stupid choking thing comes and goes and when it first happened it caused a lot of anxiety. I know now to just wait it out and it'll go away on its own eventually.

    Strange stuff we go through, huh?


  • Cathie,

    According to my last MRI, (lol) my C3/4 is the only level that is behaving! (G) I wouldn't be surprised if the C2/3 (C3 nerve) is causing your tightness. I can move my head in different directions, and 'feel' the numbness "scarf like" feelings change. Give it a try, does it change anything? I hope you have answers soon.

    I also found a site (let me know if your interested - I'll PM you) that where a dermatome map shows the 'skin' areas affected by our nerve structure, this addresses specifically what muscles are controlled and affected by those levels. Pretty interesting stuff!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hey Brenda, Could you PM me with that dermatome map shows the 'skin' areas affected by our nerve structure ?? That sounds very interesting indeed!! :D
  • I noticed the other night that the numb/highly sensetive area on my left shoulder blade is actually spreading over my shoulder and about an inch or two down my arm....very wierd feeling!! Also my right thumb, first and second finger have been going totally numb....for no aparent reason..they stay that way for 10 to 15 minutes at a time!

    My hubby says that at 38 years old I am falling apart...LOL...how is it gonna be when I am older...:)

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