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   Posted 4/21/2012 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
cry mad had cervical surgery 7 months ago suffer from constant throat pain difficult swallowing very sharp pain in throat coughing trouble sleeping in certain positions have had every test seen every type of Dr and have done all types of meds I think its the hardware and cadaver bones does anyone have an answer or some input to what it may be Thanks

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   Posted 4/21/2012 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Jodyman, you've probably had tests to rule out nerve damage/involvement that might cause these symptoms???? Gosh what about trigger points (not the same as tender points) like in CMP???? I hope you and your docs figure it out! I don't know your history but possible thyroid issue ....any swelling in front part of neck?
When I feel I am at my weakest....I know I am really at my strongest, because I must pull through.
Dx : Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Anxiety, IBS, TMJD, Migraines
MEDS : Vit B complex, motrin, Dramamine and Benadryl as needed
Xanax, Norco, Levothyroxine, Liothyronine?

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   Posted 4/22/2012 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   


      Good mornig Jody!

           Welcome to our CP froum!

     Hum!... shakehead know as I read your post....I'm thinking that there are risk involved with this kind of surgery. Have you gotten a second opinion ...and I mean an opinion from a surgeon who did not do this surgery on you. If you did not have the symptoms before the surgery...then I'm wondering if maybe the surgeon nicked something.

  I believe I would get a second opinion on it. It could be a number of things...and nerve damage is a posibility. Also did they go in from the front or the back? It sounds like they went in from the front to me, and again there are risk with any surgery.

    Again Welcome...and Enjoy the forum!

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   Posted 4/22/2012 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had the same surgery 3 times....

During the surgery, they only move aside the neck muscles, trachea, and esophagus to access the front of the cervical spine.

There can be a bit of interior scar tissue if they are not as gentle in moving this out of the way...

As well as you had a breathing tube down your throat during surgery.....This is actually one of the main reasons that people have sore throats afterwards....And could have rubbed up against the sides and caused some inflammation of the nerves/muscle...

If you are coughing hard...this alone can cause great strain on the throat...

They should have done an immediate x-ray at the end of surgery so the surgeon knows that the hardware and bone are all situated properly....(I have a card sized copy of this as I keep it to go through security at airports and buildings even though the titanium usually doesn't have the scanners go off....

Have you gone back to the surgeon who did the operation to talk to them about this? I would ask to at least get an x-ray to see if everything is in place....

Good luck...
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006

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   Posted 4/22/2012 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Not sure if this nerve runs that high or not, but us GERD people have to deal with the vagus nerve and it can cause so many problems when irritated. I agree a second opinion with a different surgeon would be a good idea.

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