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C5-C6 Fusion, Swallowing

Melj4321MMelj4321 Posts: 4
edited 02/12/2015 - 8:05 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had a C5-C6 fusion on 1/12/15 and my throat still 4 weeks later it feels so weird! It feels like I ate a peanut butter sandwich and have nothing to drink to wash it down. I'm also concerned about pain meds and how long I can expect to be in pain. My surgeon prescribed a healthy amount of Percocet to help, but I am going to see my pain doctor in a few weeks in case I need more. Anyone else have the throat thing? Honestly the pain is a littler easier to deal with currently than the throat thing! However, the whole thing sucks a bit. Thanks!


  • I also had C5.6 in 2007and C7.done over a year ago.My throat hurt for over a month.I can tell you it will get better.I was told it was from the breathing tube.sometimes they put in a bigger one than needed. As far as your pain meds goes I was on them for 8 weeks.I started cut myself off of them around 6 weeks.Good luck in ypur recovery.
  • Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad I found this board because I don't know many people who have had a fusion. It feels like I can feel the titanium plate, but who knows. Good to know about the pain meds. I was getting hard on myself for still taking them....but I guess 4 weeks isn't bad. I'll be on them for a while I think.
  • On Dec 8th I had a 3 level ACDF done, so I'm almost 10 weeks out. I still occasionally have swallowing issues - just once in a while something just won't go down...peanut butter is the worst! (after fish oil caps..). Not a big deal to me, although I try to always have water around if I have something to eat, just in case.
    Pain wise - I improved I think around 6 weeks. Saying that, it recently got worse again (the muscle pain), probably because I went back to work, even if it's only part time.
    Both these issues to me are pretty normal for the surgery, I am pleasantly surprised the pain wasn't worse than it was. To me, it's the nerve recovery that is a bummer and very frustrating!

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

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