To all who have had Cervical Surgery. I had a four level fusion with hardware (C2,-C6) on Sept 25, 2008. I was told that I would have a very sore throat for 2-3 days and that I would have less motion in my neck after surgery.
It has been 3 months and 3 weeks since and I am still having problems swallowing. I have had a barrium swallow test that showed OK, Then I was told to see an Ears, nose and throat Dr. She performed a fibroscopic exam through both nostrils. Said my vocal cords were ok but saw amount of mucus below vocal cords which is indicative of an infection coming from somewhere. Also saw red spots below vocal cords. The Dr. suggested that I increase Protonics to twice a day and take a Zantac once a day. Well that did not help. Still can't swallow food without chasing each bite with liquids or regurgatating food back up. Next, was the order for a Modified Barrium Swallow test with Radiologist and a Speech Pathologist. Was told by both of these Professionals that everything looked ok. Food appears to be going down throat.(Said it could be just in my head). I saw NS today and thanks a GI doctor should scope throat. Am scheduled to see a Gastro doctor Jan 21st.
Swallowing is still a problem. Has anyone gone this long after surgery with similar problems? What do you do for this problem? Any input or thoughts will be greatly appreciated. Right now I can not swallow any type of BUNS,
chicken, meat, cakes, beans & more.