Re: Radiation neck.
Based on my experience, it'll take a year or two for things to begin to feel normal again. For a year or more after radiation, I thought I was ruined.
The saliva problem is more problematic. From what I have read, if the saliva glands were radiated, they may take substantially longer to regenerate or in fact may not function again. Fortunately mine were spared and I have no actual experience with salivary problems.
My advice is to be patient and don't get discouraged. But see the ENT frequently to check your throat for any problems.
It's been over ten years since I had surgery and radiation with no recurrence.
Oh, and for at least a year I could only speak in a montonic deep bass voice. Felt like Johnny One-Note. But voice returned to normal.
Last edited by Fizzickle; 06-28-2011 at 04:06 PM.
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