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I had my surgery last Thursday - ACDF c5/6. I'm wearing my soft collar and following all the exercise instructions, and the pain is gradually getting better. But in the last couple of days, I've been getting more and more dizzy for some reason. It's mostly with position changes, but sometimes I really feel like I'm walking like a drunk! I have switched to a different pain medicine, in case it was from the Darvocet, but I don't see much difference.

Also, my incision is still intact and the steri-strips are still on, but on the right side of the incision, there is a hard area under the skin that is painful to touch. It's kind of like a ridge along the incision, and ends in a round bump just beyond the incision. There is no redness or drainage. It does look a little swollen - more on the right side of my neck.

I still have some problems with swallowing - like there is a lump in my throat. Could this actually be the lump I'm feeling with swallowing?? Or maybe just scar tissue or fluid or something else? Does anyone else have this?

Thanks!
[QUOTE=secondfiddle]I had my surgery last Thursday - ACDF c5/6. I'm wearing my soft collar and following all the exercise instructions, and the pain is gradually getting better. But in the last couple of days, I've been getting more and more dizzy for some reason. It's mostly with position changes, but sometimes I really feel like I'm walking like a drunk! I have switched to a different pain medicine, in case it was from the Darvocet, but I don't see much difference.

Also, my incision is still intact and the steri-strips are still on, but on the right side of the incision, there is a hard area under the skin that is painful to touch. It's kind of like a ridge along the incision, and ends in a round bump just beyond the incision. There is no redness or drainage. It does look a little swollen - more on the right side of my neck.

I still have some problems with swallowing - like there is a lump in my throat. Could this actually be the lump I'm feeling with swallowing?? Or maybe just scar tissue or fluid or something else? Does anyone else have this?

Thanks![/QUOTE]

Hi There, I am not sure if i can be of any help but i can tell you of my experience and give you some of my ideas. I am 2 weeks post op ACDF c 4-5 and c 5-6, they also put cages in. First of all what meds are you taking? I am not really sure what your dizziness is caused by but i can tell you that your body can do some really strange things during your healing time because now that you have had your surgery your nerves and spinal cord are not being compressed anymore so they are trying to heal. I suppose that could be causing your dizziness, however that would be a good question for your doc. As far as your incision, after surgery did you have a drain in your neck? I can tell you about mine, first of all i did not have any steri strips, all the sutures are on the inside under the skin. The only thing visible was on each end of my incision, actually well below the incision, sticking out of my skin was a string. When i went back for my post op visit alls they did was cut the strings off level with my skin. From the time i left the hospital till i went back for my post op visit i had to keep the incision covered with a guaze pad, and i am also wearing the soft collar. They had put a long rubber like drain tube under the incision site that stuck out at the very end of my incision and that was removed the next morning after surgery before i came home. So with that coming out the end of my incision that left the end of my incision basically opened without any sutures in it so when i came home i had a little bit of drainage that would come out of that small opening. The drainage stopped in about a week and of course that spot healed together nicely. I was a bit upset because my incision was raised up and just terrible looking. It is healing well now and is starting to calm down and isnt as raised up as it was. I am putting Mederma on it 4 times a day now, hopefully it works and does fade it because i dont have any natural wrinkle marks on my neck so the doc just cut where he wanted to. Anyway, i am thinking, after your surgery did you have any drainage out of your incision? It could be a possibility that where the lump is under your skin you should have been draining out of that site. It is also a possibility that it is just scar tissue. I am most certain that the lump under your incision has nothing to do with the lump in your throat. Immediately after surgery when i woke up i had that same lump in my throat and it just about drove me nuts!!! Like i said i am 2 weeks post op and the lump is just now starting to go away. The doc says it is normal to have that lump in your throat and from all the posts that i read on here it is very common and some people have the lump for a long time. The lump in your throat is really nothing to worry about. If your incision is looking a little swollen or if there is some redness you didnt have before it would be worth while to call your doc and explain it to them, they may want to see you to check it out to make sure you dont have an infection. Anyway, i hope that i have helped some. If you have any questions just ask. Good luck.
Glory
[QUOTE=secondfiddle]I had my surgery last Thursday - ACDF c5/6. I'm wearing my soft collar and following all the exercise instructions, and the pain is gradually getting better. But in the last couple of days, I've been getting more and more dizzy for some reason. It's mostly with position changes, but sometimes I really feel like I'm walking like a drunk! I have switched to a different pain medicine, in case it was from the Darvocet, but I don't see much difference.

Also, my incision is still intact and the steri-strips are still on, but on the right side of the incision, there is a hard area under the skin that is painful to touch. It's kind of like a ridge along the incision, and ends in a round bump just beyond the incision. There is no redness or drainage. It does look a little swollen - more on the right side of my neck.

I still have some problems with swallowing - like there is a lump in my throat. Could this actually be the lump I'm feeling with swallowing?? Or maybe just scar tissue or fluid or something else? Does anyone else have this?

Thanks![/QUOTE]
I am three weeks postop ACDF and PCDF from C3 to C7 and still have the lump-like feeling in my throat and am still hoarse but it is better than it was. Every day is a bit better than the day before. I was in the hospital for four days and they removed my drains on the third day. Have been able to cut down on the pain medications which helps my momentum and clears my thinking a bit. Good luck and hang it there ! It does get better.

Pat





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