Since about 3 months post op I have been having what I describe as a muscle spasm in my throat. I let my doctor (PM&R) know about it on the 11th of Oct. She wasn't sure what it could be. I did some research and came up with the Cricopharyngeal Spasm. The symptoms fit exactly...
# Lump in the throat sensation
# Feels like a golf ball, tennis ball ... is stuck in my throat
# Feels like my tie is too tight
# Feels like I am being strangled
# My throat feels swollen
# The symptoms can be mimicked by pushing on the cartilage in the neck just below the Adams apple
# The lump comes and goes depending on the day
# Symptoms are usually best in the AM and worse later in the day
# Stress aggravates the symptoms
# Saliva is difficult to swallow yet food is easy to swallow
# Eating, in fact, often makes the tightness go away for a time
My doctor put me on skelaxin and it helps it a little, but not much at all. Has anyone had this after ACDF? It started about 3 months post op. While it is not extremely "painful" it is more very uncomfortable. Like someone is walking around with their hands around your neck choking you constantly. It is causing me to be more stressed.. which after reading the article it says stress makes it worse.
Has anyone had anything like this?
ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011
Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.
Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg