I am new here and wondering if anyone could lend their opinion on my questions. I had a two level fusion Dec 9th (three weeks ago) and was doing pretty well up until today. In the last day or two, the lump-in-the-throat feeling has become almost intolerable. I feel like I am being choked all the time. Also, I am feeling weird tingling in both hands that is new. I previously only had right sided pain and numbness pre-surgery.
Are these sensations part of healing or should I be more concerned. Up until now, the worst part has been the bone graft donor site on my hip. The neck incision is healing nicely and the swelling is barely noticable. The new tingling has me a bit freaked out. Any thoughts?
I am only having to take Tramadol or Flexeril on occation and still in a Miami J hard brace. I can sleep lying down now, but maybe I shouldn't be??? I was using a wedge the first two weeks after surgery and was more comfortable with it than in my recliner.
PS I am a 42 yr old mom from Texas with no prior neck problems until the double herniation Sep of 07.