Hello everyone! I am a 37 yr old woman that had cervical spine fusion on June 20th. I am going a little stir crazy, but so far so good. I started this post because I would like to know if it's normal to get a swollen gland causing an extremely sore throat and hard to swallow due to this surgery. Besides the normal soreness from the tube, that has subsided, this throat pain stinks. My question is....is it related to the surgery or should I be worried that this is a possible infection?