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    Old 08-08-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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    Chest /throat pain 5 weeks post ACDF

    * Is chest pain normal? It feels like pain in my sternum - Sometimes midline, sometimes fairly high up. I know NSAID's are a no-no, but I've been sneaking some just in case this is something with my heart.

    * Also, the throat symptoms were fading nicely but seem to have returned. Very pronounced when I bend forward (like when washing face at sink, getting clothes out of dryer, etc. still feels like a rod down my throat) When I lay down it's not as bad, just sort of feels like I have a pill stuck there.

    So just wondering:
    *how long does the "horse pill in the throat" feeling usually last?
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    *What's with the sternal/chest pain? Is this a "normal" part of recovery?

    Any ideas appreciated. I see the NS next week for my 6 week check and x-rays.
    Thanks,
    Liliac

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    Old 08-08-2006, 08:55 PM   #2
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    Re: Chest /throat pain 5 weeks post ACDF

    Liliac:

    I had a C5-C7 ACDF 5/18/06 so I'm just about 11 weeks post op. I didn't experience any pain that I thought to be possibly heart related. However, I would occasionally get pain in various parts of my abdomen and chest based on the way I was laying/sitting. My ribs would hurt when I was in an awkward position too long. I was in the cervical collar for 6 weeks post-op so I was sleeping at a 45 degree angle all of that time.

    My throat symptoms went away within a week of the surgery and didn't come back at all. Perhaps what you are feeling is some residual swelling in the throat? I think I've heard others mention that too.

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    Old 08-17-2006, 05:27 PM   #3
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    Re: Chest /throat pain 5 weeks post ACDF

    Liliac --

    I'm 6 months post C5-7 ACDF. I had exactly the symptoms you describe -- weird throat feeling (sort of like a click when I swallowed? and a bit of an ache?) and an ache in the sternum when I look down.

    Turns out the position they put us in for the surgery can sometimes put too much stress on the cartilage that joins our ribs to our sternum, resulting in costochondritis - which basically means an inflammation of the joint in that area. And the throat thing is normal for most people coming out of the surgery.

    Both of those symptoms have faded for me. The throat stuff is completely gone - vanished somewhere around the eight-week mark. And the chest ache when bending my head forward is almost completely gone - I get it sometimes, but it's pretty rare. (of course, I'm allowed to take advil now! =)

    Anyway, just wanted to post and say you're not alone, and it goes away. I thought I had heart problems and made my GP run all kinds of tests, but in the end? Joint swelling, and temporary.

    Good luck!

     
    Old 08-17-2006, 07:53 PM   #4
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    Re: Chest /throat pain 5 weeks post ACDF

    Hi Merrish,

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am familiar with costochondritis and wondered if that's what this was/is - Your explanation of the position causing the stress to the ribs/sterum helps make sense of the cause. Thank you.

    It's comforting to hear that the throat sensation is still normal at this stage, since you are still having some at 6 mo.

    Thanks again for your help.
    Lilacs

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    Old 08-21-2006, 06:26 PM   #5
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    Re: Chest /throat pain 5 weeks post ACDF

    HI there Lilacs
    I had a ACDF 5/6 in march 06, and l now still have the swallowing lump in the throat too. Neuro says no should not be happeneing and says to see a throat specialist!! hmmm, not sure about that one , but the pain in the chest is all too familiar as well, it all happens when l bend forward as well. Any type of forward or downward movement triggers it all,and then l feel pain shoots down between my shoulder blades and into my right arm. Physio says it got something to do with the lower cervical area and the thoracic spine? Neuro surgeoen says doesn't know what it is ! Does anyone out there know that this could be? It really hurts still!!
    thanks monica

     
    Old 08-23-2006, 09:50 PM   #6
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    Hi Lilacs;

    I had my ACDF of C5-C6 in Feb of 05, and I'm still getting intermittent throat pains, discomforts, etc. Sort of comes and goes... I suppose I should get it checked out. It's not a "horse pill in the throat" feeling (although I did have that for a while after surgery. It's more of a light sore throat, but deep down, feeling, and sometimes a feeling like it's just not as "open" deep down as it should be. And just a general awareness that it (my throat) is "there" more than before. Also, a feeling of periodic swelling.

    Yeah, I guess maybe I should get it checked out since it's been a year and a half... I'll have to think about this one some more.

    Good luck!

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    Old 08-28-2006, 03:11 PM   #7
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    Originally Posted by Lilacs&Lillies
    * Is chest pain normal? It feels like pain in my sternum - Sometimes midline, sometimes fairly high up. I know NSAID's are a no-no, but I've been sneaking some just in case this is something with my heart.

    * Also, the throat symptoms were fading nicely but seem to have returned. Very pronounced when I bend forward (like when washing face at sink, getting clothes out of dryer, etc. still feels like a rod down my throat) When I lay down it's not as bad, just sort of feels like I have a pill stuck there.

    So just wondering:
    *how long does the "horse pill in the throat" feeling usually last?
    and
    *What's with the sternal/chest pain? Is this a "normal" part of recovery?

    Any ideas appreciated. I see the NS next week for my 6 week check and x-rays.
    Thanks,
    Liliac

    hey there Liliac

    Just wondering how your check up went with the Neuro? as all the symptoms you have descibed l have EXACTLY the same thing and l am 4 months post op, and the symptoms are slowly getting more severe? Any light on what the problem is if there is one, as no one can seem to help me here in AUSTRALIA

    if anyone else has the same sort of symptoms from a ACDF could you please let me know maybe the cause or maybe the duration?

    Thanks a bunch

    Monica

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    Old 08-28-2006, 10:22 PM   #8
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    Re: Chest /throat pain 5 weeks post ACDF

    Let me share my experience, see if there's any useful info. I've had two ACDF operations in the last 2 1/2 years, on C4/5/6/7, with donor bone and plate. I had issues with both radiculopathy and myelopathy, It's been 16 months since the last one. I have some diffiuclty in swallowing, experience spasms now in the area where the incisions are, and also the 'lump in the throat' sensation. These are not the same everyday, and are something I can live with, but I don't realy expect it to get much better at this point.

    Also, I have chest pain from time to time. Last winter it got bad enough one morning that I went to the ER, thinking it might be a heart problem. I explained that I had this neck situation, and that I always had some degree of shoulder and arm pain, some numbness, etc., but these symptoms match those for a heart attack enough that I ended up getting an angiogram - the
    ER docs were pretty sure they would find a cardiac problem. As it turned out my heart looked really pretty good, and no evidence of a heart attack in any of the multitude of tests they did. I've had similar chest pain since then, and I've wondered if it might be related to the problems I've had with my C Spne.

    Overall I'm very much better post op than I was before, and I'm not complaining, but I beleive my symptoms are likely to be kind of a permanent thing I will need to deal with.

     
    Old 08-28-2006, 11:09 PM   #9
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    Re: Chest /throat pain 5 weeks post ACDF

    Hi Monica,

    I asked NS if I was feeling the weight of the metal plate when I bend fwd. or what? & he said it wasn't that, but still throat recovering from the trauma of surgery and being manipulated. He didn't give me a time frame for how long it would last, just that it can take a "long time." (sigh)

    I didn't mention the chest pain, but I have noticed since someone else here mentioned it that it does seem to occur with movement, which tells me mine is probably cartilage inflammation.

    Hope you feel better soon. As for *your* chest pain.... like BobM did, go with the "when in doubt - check it out" rule if it is still bothersome.

    Take care
    Lilacs

     
    Old 08-29-2006, 05:48 PM   #10
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    Re: Chest /throat pain 5 weeks post ACDF

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    Originally Posted by Lilacs&Lillies
    Hi Monica,

    I asked NS if I was feeling the weight of the metal plate when I bend fwd. or what? & he said it wasn't that, but still throat recovering from the trauma of surgery and being manipulated. He didn't give me a time frame for how long it would last, just that it can take a "long time." (sigh)

    I didn't mention the chest pain, but I have noticed since someone else here mentioned it that it does seem to occur with movement, which tells me mine is probably cartilage inflammation.

    Hope you feel better soon. As for *your* chest pain.... like BobM did, go with the "when in doubt - check it out" rule if it is still bothersome.

    Take care
    Lilacs

    Hi there Lilacs

    Thanks for answering me, i had a ecg for my chest pains, and well its all good news there, Thank God for that.... um, my chest pains didn't show up though till like 3 months after my ACDF, what about you? were they there immediately after the op, like in a week or 2? because then it would make sense for me , but if it was the position l was place in during surgery, the inflamed cartlidge option, l would think that l would have felt that alot sooner after the operation, like a week or so? seems to have come on way to late to be that option and it was never one of the original symptoms of my ACDF

    My GP says that that is the area of the thoracic spine dermatomes, l'm starting to wonder if there is a problem with the c7/t1 area, although those herination are rare they say!! Had a ct and nothing out of the ordinary was found, its looking like i am some sort of freak , because new symptoms are unfolding one after the other over the last 3 months and my doctors are looking at me strange!! Thanks for the info on the swallowing thing, hopefully it will just dye down in time
    Would love to hear about the area of your chest pains if you have time bye

    monica

     
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