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ACDF 2 week post op

bedawgsbbedawgs Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Its been 2 weeks post op ACDF and still alot of neck pain and that stupid lump in throat.Im having food come up and it feels like its in my chest or im wondering if its the lump in my throat causing it.Has anyone had that feeling with the throat.


  • There are many here including myself whom have had swallowing issues following ACDF. For most the symptoms will go away, just takes time. For others after the 3 mark and if it is still not better a swallowing test can be done to determine what the issue is, and what needs to be done to resolve it. Having had the surgery multiple times, had different results with the throat issues. One of the times it was a hardware issue and had to wait the fusion out, to have the hardware removed. On the other occasions it was muscle spasms and inflammation causing it. So hopefully for you that is all it is and it will subside in a few more weeks. If your still in a lot of pain, be sure to take your medications on schedule so the pain doesn't get ahead of you and your playing catch up. Also you heal faster when the pain is controlled.

    Are you getting much walking in? Walking is so important, to maintain your core body. In my experience it was the only exercise I could do post surgery. Are you taking a good muscle relaxer? A lot of the pain post surgery was the muscle spasms and not just pain.

    Hopefully you will begin to feel better. Remember everyone heals at a different rate, so don't try to compare your healing with someone else. Also try to measure your progress in weeks not days. Good luck and keep us post on your recovery and hopefully this will soon be something of the past and your out living a normal, busy, everyday life.
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