Saw my NS Friday. I told them about the pain in my neck that feels like it's the carotid artery and in my chest that radiates through my back that feels like a spasm or pulled muscle. I have to move very carefully or it stabs me. I also still have the lump feeling in my throat that's worse in the evenings when I'm tired or when I do a lot of bending. He said that should get better in time and is caused by moving the esophagus and everything during surgery. He did ask again if I want to have the swallowing test but I said not if he thinks it'll get better. I did tell him that it would drive you crazy feeling like someone is choking you if you let it.
He said my x-rays look good and I asked if it is fusing. He said he saw bone growth and doesn't think I need more x-rays and I don't have to see him anymore. They didn't tell me anything about my neck or chest pain. Gave me no prescriptions or anything. I asked if they could give me a prednisone injection or something for the muscles but the nurse said they don't do any shots.
I asked him if he'd look at my lumbar mri and see if he could see any reason for my continuing chronic pain. His PA came back and told me he said he didn't see anything that surgery would help right now but if it continues to hurt to have another mri since that one was 18 months or so ago. I was just hoping he'd tell me a concrete reason for it.
I thought they would at least do another x-ray in 6 months or so to check for fusion. Is it normal that they don't do that?
I was glad he felt like I was healed enough to release me but disappointed to leave with the neck/chest pain and no help for it you know? I guess I just feel let down since I'm still having this other pain even though I'm grateful that my arm and hand pain is gone and feel like the surgery was a success as that is really all he thought it would do. It's just hard to feel good when you can't take a deep breath...ouch. Ah those wonderful muscles...
I hope you all are having a good day and are as well as you can be.