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Hello LouieH99 and Sammy01. Hope you don't mind me putting in my 2 cents. First, I had a ACDF in Aug.07. I also had what they call a cage put in my neck, AND one whole vertebrae completely removed, not to mention the other 3. I have plates and screws, and the bone that they removed they sliced up and put it back into my neck, like small columns... The first thing I noticed when I woke up was the PAIN in my shoulders. Doc said that was caused by them "strapping my shoulders down to get a good reach on my neck' . This went away in about 3 days, but I was sore. My next problem was my throat. Because of the doctors moving my esophagus over, this gave me the feeling of something like a chicken bone in my throat. It felt also like it was swollen on the inside, which I believe it was. How could it not be after all that trauma. The GOOD NEWS for me anyway is after 9 months, I woke up one morning and it was all back to normal. I did have a very funny sounding voice for a long time. Like a lol Every 6 months I have x-rays of my neck to make sure all is healing like it should be. I wore an ASPEN COLLAR for 2 months 3 weeks and 5 days... You don't forget that.!!!! One word of advice, do and I mean do everything the doctors tell you. If you do, not only will you heal faster, you will heal right. It was and still is for me a long haul. I have learned to adjust my way of doing things, since with all the hardware I really can not bend my neck down, nor am I allowed, and can only turn it just so far. Driving for me has been really hard. I'm thankful my husband drives most of the time, and that I do not work. In time, things will get better and you will be up and back to almost normal. I don't know how many levels you both had, but it really depends on what they did, and how much you are fused. Don't give up, and yes we all heal different. I had to have this operation due to the fact, there was so much pressure on my spinal cord, that was affecting my legs, and I would of ended up in a wheel chair. My neck did not effect my arms or shoulders at all... I have to be the different one. I was lucky I have a top notch doctor. Believe me I did my homework and checked out a lot of doctors before I made this decision. My neck still gets sore at times, but I take it easy when I hurt. Placing a warm neck pillow around it helps me a lot. Sometimes you might hear cracking sounds. That really scared me, and I thought my screws were coming apart. After my x ray, I was told it was all good.. Its just one of those things that could happen, and you might just hear that , or maybe you won't. Don't panic if you do. I have read other post where others have heard the same thing... Well I just wanted to say, there sure are a lot of us out there in the same boat. Hang in there, and before you know it, you will be on your way to better health... I hope some of my experience has helped. Good luck to both of you. Janatee:angel:

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