My biggest problem has been swallowing, feel like I have a pocket on the rt side of my throat, food still gets hung up there. I just noticed some puffiness on the back of my neck (at approx c4-c7 level), Not sore, red or hot. Wonder if this is from the Aspen collar...which is rather large, I am a petite woman. Wonder if the surgeon can graduate me to some type of soft collar ?