I just had anterior surgery on C5-C6 and received an artificial disc replacement (September 22, 2008). Doing pretty well but have that "swallowed a golf ball" feeling which is very weird. I have a brother who is a physical therapist who has helped me survive without surgery for the last 4 years but had to finally submit to it. I still do post op physical therapy 5 mornings a week for an hour in the morning and walk or jog 5 to 7 miles almost every day. Just curious about other artificial disc recipients and when the golf ball goes away (if ever).Furthermore, I have pain in neck still and wonder if it will be quite a while before that abates. My headaches have lessened and my arms have returned to normal but my neck is still bad.
I have survived L5 laminotomy/discectomy in 2002 (I was 34 years old)..took 2 years for symptoms to completely go away but now very active and no back problems so I feel very blessed. Wanted to share that positive note with everyone.
Thanks for being here..it was reassuring to see that others have had throat constriction issues. I was scared for a while. Tell me more. :H