Had C5/6 & C6/7 ACDF on 4/22 and having been educated on this forum (Thank You!) I was expecting to have a bit of trouble swallowing and a sore throat from the intubation. It was actually much bettter than I was anticipating directly following the surgery. I was happy about that.
Today is Day 10: Strange thing is that the last two days my throat and swallowing have been much worse - increased pain and lots of difficulty swallowing. The pain was driving me crazy, so I had hubby take me to urgent care this mornng (since I can't drive).
Diagnosed with severe case of thrush which is believe to have travelled down my esophagus and is causing the difficulty swallowing. Physician said it is very common following surgeries involving intubation and IV antibiotics.
Just curious how many others have had this experience.