I am one week post-op from an ACDF and corpectomy with a titanium cage on the C6/C7 level and wanted to know if how I am feeling is normal. I feel like there is a baseball in my throat, it makes it so difficult to swallow . Also, while my balance problems from my cervical myelopathy have been resolved from the surgery, the numbness, neck pain, and arm pain seems to be worse. The tremors (my husband calls it my palsy) is slightly better. The doctor said before the surgery we were having surgery to halt the progression, that the surgery would not necessarily resolve everything due to the length of time my spinal cord was compressed. My husband thinks things will get better once the swelling goes down. How did everybody else feel after this procedure? Did your symptoms get better or worse? Does the baseball in the throat feeling go away or is that scar tissue now?
For a laugh, I have to be the only patient that required stitches in the head before an ACDF from losing my balance 1 hour before checking in for surgery!