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Clicking in neck when swallowing

@Canten1@@Canten1 Posts: 3
edited 06/29/2015 - 10:50 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi there. I'm exactly four weeks post op from C6/7 acdf. Last night I slept quite awkwardly, (sleep has been in very short supply since the op mainly due to the collar) and this morning, I am in a lot of pain around the neck area but I've also noticed that when I swallow now there is a sort of clicking sound. This is definitely a new thing. I'm a bit of a worrier when it comes to post op stuff, so any advice you can give would be really helpful.

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  • Not sure what yours could be because so much is manipulated in that area during cervical surgery. I had ADR C6-C7 2 weeks ago and I have strangely had hiccups more than I ever have in my life.
    C6-C7 Disc Replacement 06/16/2015
    Bulging Disc also at C5-C6
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  • This surgery can cause a lot of weird post op symptoms. I have experienced something similar. Things in the throat, the esophagus and trachea got retracted so any one of those could be moving or rubbing on something. I also experience pain in the back of my neck when I swallow. I am 9 weeks post op ACDF at C4/5.
  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 103
    I'm not saying it's nothing to worry about, because I am no doctor but from experience, like some have said before me you'll have lots of weird symptoms. Internal sounds are one of them.

    When is your next appointment with your surgeon? You could bring that up at that time if you can wait that long.

    Keep us updated on that situation or anything else if you wish to.

    Take care!
  • Even when I was wearing my collar in bed, I would turn during the night and my neck would crack....the first few times it happened I thought maybe I had broken the fusing process!!! It turned out to be nothing to worry about - just creaks and groans. Like Adela, I had difficulty swallowing, hiccups, burping and all sorts of weird noises during sleep that used to wake me up...even now 12 weeks post op for C6/7 surgery (I have written a forum on C6/7 pre and post surgery in the Surgery Recovery section).
    I still get the occasional odd noise coming out of my neck somewhere! To me I find it amusing now...but early on I didn't!
    If you are really concerned see your doc and let them put you at ease is probably best advice.
    Take care.
    C6/7 ACDF 18th April 2015 after 8 years of mucking around pretending it was something else...
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