It has been almost 5 weeks since my 3 level ACDF and fusion. The NS had me start PT 10 days after surgery and lifted all restrictions including driving 4 weeks after surgery. I still use a soft collar while driving because of insecurity. I feel soreness and stiffness around my neck muscles but the biggest problem I have is swallowing. I can eat normal food after a lot of chewing and washing it down with water or soda but I always feel like there is a small lump in my throat. Sometimes I choke while swallowing pills or capsules. The scar on the incision site feels very lumpy. I wonder if it has something to do with it. Anyone else feel this way so long after neck surgery?