I am 2 weeks post-op from an ACDF and corpectomy with a titanium cage on the C6/C7 level and wanted to know if how I am feeling is normal. It is still really difficult for me to swallow and eat solid foods [( . My voice is still hoarse as well, I can't speak for more than a couple minutes at a time before it goes out all together. Also, while some problems from my cervical myelopathy have been resolved from the surgery, the neck, shoulder, and arm pain seems to be worse. The doctor said before the surgery we were having surgery to halt the progression, that the surgery would not necessarily resolve everything due to the length of time my spinal cord was compressed :S . At this point the swelling seems to have gone done a lot, although I am still only functional through use of my pain medicines.
I guess I am curious to know how others felt at this point in their recovery after this procedure. Did you have your voice back? Could you eat solid foods? When did you know you were resolved to live with chronic pain? Did you hurt worse before surgery or after? Did your symptoms get better or worse?