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Neck injury affecting airway?

Hi all,

I am new here. I have been dealing with what I will call a "fullness" feeling in my neck since last March. A swollen feeling. Originally I was treated for a sinus infection bc I had a lot of congestion. When that did not clear I was sent to an ENT who has done a barium esophagram, a sinus ct scan and an allergy panel. The esophagram was for reflux which he thought I originally had due to redness in throat and postnasal drip and throat clearing. I was treated for one month with Prilosec and it did not help. I have been on nose sprays and OTC allergy meds. I started wheezing slightly at night which seems to end if I clear my throat. I have told all docs that my airway feels like it's cutting off if I bend my neck over....like when using an ipad or cell phone. I have a terrible habit of falling asleep on couch in a position that my husband says looks painful. My question to all of you is....do you think I should see an orthopedist? Could a bent neck cause airway problems? I feel like it's something structural and not allergies....even though I came up allergic mildly o many things. In addition, I got a dog about a year go and I swear she has pulled my neck out of alignment by pulling on walks. I am a 42 year old woman, not a nutcase. Just trying to solve this worrisome mystery. I've already spent thousands. Also, I've been scoped rice and they found nothing that way either. Thanks.


  • yes , it is possible and since you can't find any other reason for your symptoms, it might be worthwhile to see if in fact, it is a mechanical problem with the position of your neck.
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  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 106
    edited 10/01/2013 - 4:53 PM
    I don't know about your situation, but my complex case that required a two stage surgery that totalled 18 hours on the operation table is the reason why I always feel like I'm gonna choke on my own saliva. During the surgery my surgeon also recognized that I had breathing difficulties. Unfortunately, the damage was already done and I am still having problems that are driving me nuts. I have lots of difficulty sleeping at night because of it. I hope they can do something for you before it's too late. I am still looking for solutions. I cannot believe that I'm gonna be like that for the rest of my life.
    Good luck and take care!
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