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Lump in throat after cervical fusion

TamlgTTamlg Posts: 2
edited 10/16/2014 - 10:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello, I,m new to this site. Thought I was going crazy until I read a lot of people have the same issues I have. I had fusion on 5,6,7 - 6 months ago. It feels like I have a lump in my throat,swelling feeling, gets worse with bending ,really any activity. When I lay down ,it almost feels like my airway is restricted, especially when turning my head. Sometimes with swallowing too. My doctor said he never heard of these problems. I,m going to see another doctor next week. Just seems like something is definetly wrong. Anyone else have these issues?


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have had those throat issues also but I am only 6 weeks post surgery. I know I have to give it time. I was thinking my issues have to do with my thyroid and having a goiter and nodules and everything being moved around. I seem to choke on anything and everything for no reason. Even air. Turning my head or looking down makes it feel like my throat is closing off also and it makes it hard to breath.
    I think it would definitely be good for you to talk to your doctor about this. I'm not sure how long its supposed to last but it sure does get old, doesn't it?
    Tracie C
  • shouston7sshouston7 SOUTH CAROLINAPosts: 33
    Hi There,

    You are not crazy! In 2007 I had c3-4, c5-6 & c6-7 fusion. today I still feel like something's stuck in my throat but I am used to it.,In 2010, I had to go to an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist for tonsil problems and he sent me for a scan that they tested me & x-rayed me while eating & drinking. The radiologist doing the test said she had never seen anything like what it showed. The surgery apparently left a pocket in my throat that food would lodge in, which gave me the lump feeling, as soon as I drank the juice it would wash it out. It is not something that can be corrected and it poses no health issues. So I constantly have to have something to drink and Ive pretty much got used to it. I also choke or strangle easily , You cant recline back at all when drinking or eating. The not breathing feeling part went away. A good friend of mine had the same surgery 2 levels cervical and she has the same sensations. It will get better! It took at least a full year before I felt the complete benefits of having the surgery. Its been over 7 years now and I have done great with the neck. Hope this helps! NOW If my Low back issues could just go away...
    S. Houston
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