I underwent a surgical process in September 2009 for C6 and C7 vertibrae - I think it was called a discetomy or something like that. anyway, I have been suffering with the same symptoms as well as a contriction of the throat. I was advices by my surgeon that this is normal and will eventually disspiate over time. However I beleive it has gotten worse, so that I have been given a course of strong anti-inflametories and pain tablets, which I take inlcuding spasmed and nerofen on occasion.
I do not honestly beleive that this is a norm and am desperatley looking for releif to this situation which has created a very uncomfotable and painful life for me, which is effecting my family and my life. I have an appointment for a second opinion in this month and will seek a cure exhaustivley. I am sure that it is out there.