Hi everyone, I am a female, age 61. I recently had my second ACDF surgery (3 weeks ago tomorrow.) This one was for C3-4, and C4-5. This second one did not go as smoothly as the other one which was 11 years ago. The doctor gave me adequate pain medication, this time, thank goodness!! That is a good thing! My problem is that I am experiencing a choking feeling in the throat which seems to be getting worse as time goes on. For 2 weeks, I could hardly eat. I would choke repeatedly on the least little thing. Also, my voice sounded like I had sucked air froma helium balloon for a few days right after surgery. My questions are: 1. What is the swallowing test I keep reading about? What would the doctor do with the results? Would another surgery be possible as a result? 2. My other question is: do folks apply and obtain SS Disability for this type of problem? Does anyone have any experience to share? This has really impacted my ability to sit at a desk all day. Being in one position for any period of time is just not possible. I am supposed to return to work in 4 weeks and was going to retire this Summer.
I look forward to hearing from you folks when you have a minute.