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Hi, all, I'm back. I had C5/6 fused in February of 2016, but never was completely pain free. Improved, livable, but not all better.
Then in July this year (2017) it got worse, a bunch worse. Tried all the self care approaches, nada. Finally went back to the NS, who didn't initially see anything on the X-ray or MRI, so sent me to PT again. Nada. Then he sent me for a bone scan, which showed a problem at c3/4 and c4/5. He flipped back through the MRI images, and realized what was going on. After a delay and hassle with the insurance (of course, right?), finally got authorization. Had surgery Monday, came home Tuesday.
I have had some swallowing difficulties, which I had been warned about, and aren't as bad as I feared. However, I also keep feeling like I am periodically being mildly strangled. Not that it completely shits off the air, or I would have called about this, but much of the day, I feel like I am being choked a bit.
Has anyone else had this, and did it go away on its own for you? (When I go for my two week post op, I will mention it if it isn't gone.)
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