Hi all. This is my first time here and I am hoping for some insight. I had an ACDF on c-6 - c-7 due to severe arm and neck pain from ruptured disc, stenosis and bone spurs on April 13th, 2015. Arm and neck pain and movement are much better, I have an occasional painful flair-up but was told it was due to muscle and nerve "memory" and will hopefully go away. Ive had muscle burning and pain from over doing, but thats expected, so I take anywhere from 1/2 to 2 Norco 10/325 in a 24 hour period. Problem is, for the past 2 weeks I have had pain in my upper left chest and back and the abdominal area below the sternum with wicked heart palpitations and altered heart rate. It felt like my heart was beating out of my chest and it was so tight and I had a bit of a cough...so I ended up going to the ER . The blood work and EKG came back that there was no heart attack signs or symptoms. I have also gotten the swollen feeling back in my throat again like I had a few weeks after surgery. Has anyone else had this happen? I have read a little about possible vagus nerve problems, but I am far from an expert. The chest pain and back pain feel like Ive been shot through and through. I was wondering if it could be because the esophagus and muscles were moved from left to the right when they went in the front of my neck.
Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks