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edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hi my name is Cindy i just had surgery a week ago on c5 and c6 they put a metal plate in, and since i have been hope i feel like i have a lump in my throat i can not eat or swallow, i can not lay flat to sleep at night because i can not breath, i feel like i am gonna vomit when the lump in my throat comes up, is this normal


  • Always call your surgeon and speak to him about any concerns you have. It sounds normal and it's inflammation caused having to pull your throat to one side in order to get to the spine. It should eventually go away.
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Hi Cindy, hope things are going well. I am about 7 weeks post surgery 4 level and when I bend forward I still feel the "lump", but the rest of the swallowing and eating issues have gotten better with time.
    If you have questions definitely call your doctor.

    Were all here for support but only a doctor can answer medical questions.

    Keep us posted.
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  • Hi Cindy, I had the same surgery 17 days ago. The lump in throat is normal, but mine was not too bad. I was eating regular food even in the hospital. Keep drinking fluids as that seemed to help the pain to subside. I also used throat lozenges, the kind that numb. My doc told me the feeling of something being stuck in the throat will last a few months due to scar tissue. Mine isn't painful, just annoying. However, even now, food gets a little stuck on the way down, as do pills. It gets better every day, I promise. I slept upright in a recliner for 10 days, laying flat in the bed was not an option those first few days.
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