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I will definitely keep the forum updated. I am unsure what I will do next. I am thinking about the diagnostic injections, but I need to call around to find a place that does it. In the mean time my neck is throbbing in pain daily. Working on the computer makes it worse and the heating pad makes it better. 80% of the pain is directly in the area of my fusion but whenever my neck hurts I also feel pressure in my throat and have trouble swallowing.I had the problem with swallowing right after surgery and was given a round of steroids. It got a little better for a short period of time. My doctor said I would have to see a specialist for it if it continued. I have yet to do that. It feels like my neck is being squeezed, almost like being choked.

I also choke on liquids, approximately 3 to 5 times a week. This was happening before surgery, but I have not told my doctor about it. I’ve been concentrating more on my pain.

Because of the fibromyalgia diagnoses, I don’t know what to think… Is the fibromyalgia making everything worse or what. My doctor said that people with fibromyalgia often have neck pain.

I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in the early 90’s and was literally unable to work for three years, so I am not surprised that the doctor diagnosed me with fibromyalgia since they have overlapping symptoms. I eventually got better but continued to have some symptoms, for instance, my feet ache after only being on them for a short period of time.

The new symptoms I have in my feet and now hands is numbness and tingling, although I did have it when I had CFS in the 90’s as well.

If I were to describe where I have the most prominent “pain”, it would be 80% in my neck with 20% elsewhere. At this point I am having a very hard time doing my job, which is a desk job.