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swallowing throat problems

mariamelvillemmariamelville Posts: 8
edited 06/08/2015 - 5:31 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hi im a new member to spine health and have just been diagnosed with a c4/5 disc compression and a large c5/6 level compression apart from the pain numbness, tingling etc im also experiencing difficulty swallowing and throbbing pain at base of throat is this usual thanks

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  • Hi I have disc degeneration sponylosis in c 4/5 and have been diagnosed with a dysfunctional oesophagus. I struggle to swallow and have damaged lungs as a result of breathing in food/liquids. It has been put down to reflux but I have never been convinced about this. Im trying to find anyone who has similar so thanks for posting your problems.
  • adding to my previous comments apologies. I was diagnosed with a c4/c5 small right paracental disc protrusion which may cause irritation to the c5 nerve root.At c5/6 there is a large right paracental disc protrusion causing narrowing of the exit foramen and compression of the right c6 nerve root.I was diagnosed after mri scan and awaiting epidural injection and am a candidate for surgery if this doesn't work .I just woke up one morning like that and have been like that for 3 months. I have slight reflux but now have severe neck pain and difficulty swallowing which I didn't have before and a sore throat has anyone else experienced this.
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