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4 weeks post op & can't breathe...

I had a cervical disc replacement on November 11th between c6/c7 & if I walk enough to raise my heart rate or if I go up the stairs more than once my throat starts feeling tighter and tighter and I start wheezing and feel like I can't breathe to the point that I'm shaking .. Is this normal?


  • Libby - Make sure you are not violating the lifting restrictions. Pick up a 12 oz can of soda vs. a 2 liter bottle, etc.

    Also, when I had my cervical surgery about 11 years ago, I was given a medication to help with nerve pain for the few weeks post-surgery. I forget what mine was, but I found out I was allergic to it. I had to have someone go and bring me some benadryl quickly. My reaction was causing my throat to close and I was having breathing difficulty. Another nerve pain med didn't cause any issues and I continued along my merry way. Make sure you check your meds in case this might be an allergic reaction or side-effect.

    Also, you are just a week more out of surgery than I am. Don't push things too fast. For my first 2.5 weeks, I had rented a hospital bed so I didn't have to climb stairs.

    Take care of yourself.

  • if you are experiencing difficulty breathing and accelerated heart rates.

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  • I had trouble breathing after the first month of surgery as well. Doctors attributed it to not being active for so long (laying in a hospital bed for weeks) and the iv fluids and being anesthetized.
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