Hey Gang -
I had an ACDF (c5-7) on 3.24 - almost two months ago. Trying to gage my current symptoms on the 'normal' scale. I felt like I was doing pretty well, got back into my normal life, and now I have new symptoms - ugh!
Here they are -
-I get a pain on the inside of my right shoulder blade that extends down the side of my right arm. Sometimes, it's no big deal. Others, I'm back on the couch with a heating pad and Advil My surgeon wasn't sure why this was happening - told me to get another x-ray in a few weeks. Thought maybe it had to do with the C-7 - the new 'curves' (bone graft, plate) meeting a very straight rest of the back. Said we could do an MRI, or just wait to see if it gets better on it's own. It's definitely aggravated by the more activity I do.
-Still feel that flipping plate in my throat. Not so much like a chicken bone caught in your throat, but more like someone is just slightly squeezing my throat - there is just less room.
Anybody else have any thoughts on this? Anything I can do (aside from Advil) to alleviate internal swelling? Diet, exercise?