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Cin1CCin1 Posts: 12
edited 04/20/2015 - 10:26 AM in New Member Introductions
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.

Thank you.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Hopefully you have discussed this issue with your doctor. It's a change in condition and effecting eating, swallowing, maybe breathing....

    The only time I had that exact situation including speaking like I sucked helium......was when I was having allergic reaction to medication. There are three meds that effect me that way. My first experience and not knowing what was happening, i was already in the ER...so they treated me immediately. They told me my tongue and throat were swollen.

    I did not have surgery, but in ER for pain severe and out of my control.
    Let us know what doctor has to say about it. Take care
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  • Hi, thanks for your response. Yes, I did discuss it with my doctor. They say "they expect it to dimish in a week or two". In the meantime, it still persists. I continue to monitor and will call if it gets any worse, or does not go away...for sure. I think I may not have noticed it at first due to pain meds?? An allergic reaction hum? Interesting. I wonder which med. I guess there is no to tell now.

    I pray they are able to diminish your pain!!!

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