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I'm hoping someone can answer a few questions for me re: post-ACDF recovery, problems, nuisances, issues, etc., that my doctor does not seem willing or able to answer. I had ACDF on C6-7 on Jan. 11 and it has been 11 weeks since surgery. Everything seems to be fine as far as range of motion goes, however, I have a constant feeling of pressure in or near my trachea. When I bend forward I feel as though someone is compressing my throat. Does anyone else experience such a problem? Any other problems folks have experienced related to this?

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Yep, having some of the same probs. I had ACDF on C4-5 on 9/08/08 and have had some good and bad days. I mostly suffer from excruciating spasms on my right shoulder, I only feel like someone is compressing my throat when I feel like someone is stepping on the back of my neck. If I dont take a muscle relaxer quickly, I usually get a headache and mild dizziness to go along with those problems and I find myself in bed for at least 2 days trying to recover. I'm glad your ROM is good, I can move my neck left and right but I have limited motion, up and down. I've recently gone back to work, but driving is still difficult because of the jarring from pot holes and bumps; I don't dare take public transportation!
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I also had acdf july-2011 I am still in alot of pain i feel 100ibs is still on my neck and alot of pressure,hands and fingers are very nomb
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yes...be careful 'cause you could be having some funky bone growth if you had ACDF w/allograft containing stem cells. I'm currently experiencing my body morphing into a gelatinous puddle of swelling joints. Steroids for weeks, a brush with SJS, a Rheumatologist, a Pulmonologist, an ENT (the worst experience ever) and still I feel that my body is dying. AS vs stem cells run amok is the current thinking, but I seriously don't think I'm gonna make my sons wedding if someone can't figure this out faster. Research Medtronic Infuse product to start. good luck!
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I had ACDF on 01/28/15 and my right shouder down to my elbo feels like someone has left a turnicit tied tight to my arm for days. Below my elbo it aches too & my had feels tinglely with my thumb feeling like it's asleep, and my arm is weaker than normal to the point I feel I'm on the verge of dropping what I have in my hand if I'm not holding it with 2 hands. I also can't use the computer more that a few mins at a time. On top of that this is all happening to the dominate arm and hand. I don't sleep thru the night because it effects my neck, bad shouder pain wakes me up. I'm breaking thru my meds & don't really want to take my narco bc I don't want to sleep all day. If all else fails I do take the narco even though I don't want to.

My question is: is this normal for only having the surgery 2 weeks ago? If so, how long will I be going through this?

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