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Hardened throat, thyroid following surgery

dnegroni1ddnegroni1 Posts: 1
edited 10/17/2015 - 7:39 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone my name is Deborah and about 6 months ago I had my neck fused from C4 through C7, The surgery went fine, I was amazed as to how little pain I had during recovery however, it seems that the farther ut I go in my recovery the more pain I am experiencing. The right side of my neck hurts so bad and stiffens up to the point that it is painful to turn and look. I also have a hardening feeling in my neck that makes it difficult to swallow and breathe. When I do swallow it feels as if something is protruding against the back of my throat. I had a thyroid ultrasound and it was good aside from the fact that I have multiple nodules but nothing protruding into throat :( . Can anyone help me with this?


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 10/17/2015 - 10:15 PM
    What did your doctor say when you explained your more current and more painful symptoms?
    Are you still follow up with surgeon? Or treated by pain management?

    It may be helpful to you to use the search on this site, upper right on page.
    Type in your concerns, such as your surgery and symptoms, for example.
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    Personally, I find the videos most helpful ...and the video library is huge!

    I usually find I have more questions, and I may continue to search, but most often, I will write questions down for my doctor.

    Just curious, were your nodules noted pre-op? Although not protruding into your throat, did your doctor rule out referred pain? Or anything to watch with the nodules?
    Also, how do you feel when you breathe? Does it feel swollen in your throat? Does it feel like only part of throat involved with sensation of breathing?
    Just some thoughts, questions for doctor that may be helpful....? I don't know......

    Other members with shared surgical and symptomatic experiences to you, will probably stop by with helpful information.

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  • I had ACDF a month ago (just C6-C7) and I'm experiencing similar throat issues as you Deborah. I know it's still early but my family doc thinks my throat issues may be permanent. I am waiting for the surgeons office to call and give me a date for my first post-op check up. I have difficulty swallowing as it feels like there's something caught in my throat; breathing is slightly laboured as well especially if I turn my head slightly left. Pre-op my pain and tingling was only in my right arm but post-op that is gone (Great!) but there's a new intense pain in back of left shoulder (piercing, burning pain) and intense pain in my neck. It's still early in recovery and I know it may take months to heal but I hope this throat thing does go away. Anyway, thanks for listening and have a great day!
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