To begin at the beginning, my husband had a bad accident at work 19 years ago. He suffered internal injuries and 'hurt his back'. He's always suffered chronic pain from the internal injuries, but after a few years he started having problems with his back - In particular, his neck. Was referred to an orthopaedic specialist who told him he had spondylosis. He was prescribed yet more painkillers and sent on his merry way. This past year he started having problems swallowing. I nagged and nagged for him to go to the doctor, and he eventually went as it was getting worse. He was referred to E.N.T. and was given a CT scan. It showed that where the discs in his spine were shunted in his accident, they had calcified inward, causing a partial blockage between his spine and his throat, hence the problem swallowing. There was obviously nothing the E.N.T. specialist could do, but he recommended that my husband see a spinal consultant, as he'd never seen anything like it before and 'it wasn't his field'.
Has anyone else heard of this problem? We're both worried sick, because as the years progress, this has the potential to kill him by totally blocking of his airway. He has an appointment with our GP on Friday for the referral, and I'm hoping they can do something.