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trouble swallowing still

I am only 10 days post op. Dr said I would have trouble swallowing, but it would subside. How long does it take?
Cream of wheat, soups and juices are getting old. I so want to eat something solid.
My post op appointment is in 3 days. I am still sleeping in the recliner and walking around the house. I'm alone so I have to do things for myself, knowing the limits. Any input would be appreciated
maria lister


  • I had my surgery on 12/23 and my swallowing is still an issue, but much better than the 1st two weeks. I still gag while taking pills, and I actually have to cut them in 4s and they still get stuck. It took me about 5 weeks before I was able to swallow tiny pieces of chicken or steak, and that's after trying a few times to get the food down. I have to admit..eating is a big turn off these days due to the swallowing issues. I dread having to eat or take pills.
    2013-4 Level ACDF C4-C7 herniation with severe spinal stenosis at C4-C5. .Bulging disk at L3-L4, and L4-L5. Herniation at L5-S1. As of 8/29/14 Bulging disc at L2-L5-S1 and disc protrusion at L3-L4.
  • tran92ttran92 Posts: 183
    edited 02/09/2014 - 2:28 PM
    i had my cervical fusion in 2011. i think it took me a solid 2 months before i really felt like i could eat what i wanted to. first few weeks were definitely limiting. (Although i will say, some stuff that should have been a problem, weren't and vice versa. i actually found it ok to eat steak, meanwhile i was still choking in thin liquids. each day got a bit better though. doc had said if it was still an issue at the 3 month mark, he was sending me back to the ENT to get checked out. but thankfully by then, i was feeling much better. still had issues with pills for a long time, had to be very careful with swallowing them, or they got stuck. give it time, between the surgery and intubation, it can take a while to get back to normal. try different foods, you might find one that goes down easier than you would think. it does get better.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
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