I am having ACDF surgery on August 19, one - possibly two - level (no collar). I've read all about the sore throat and how swallowing even liquids is an issue, which makes me wonder . . . will I have a problem swallowing pain pills? Does anyone have any suggestions, tips, or tricks to make it easier?
Also - and this may sound stupid - how do you handle sneezing and hiccups? I don't typically do either very often, but here lately I've been doing both quite a bit! My tried-and-true method for curing hiccups is to drink water upside down from a glass . . . but that won't be an option for me after the surgery. Also, is there a safe way to sneeze?
These are the thoughts I have when I'm sitting in the recliner awake at night . . . :-)