I had a titanium cage put in at c5-6 almost 4 years ago at age 37. It relieved the shoulder pain and finger numbness. My neck never felt strong but it worked without pain. Well, exercise like lifting or tennis would make my neck painfully stiff for a day.
For the last 2 weeks I've been been experiencing neck stiffness, pain in both shoulders, and pain down the right shoulder blade. It bothers me the most in the mornings. I haven't seen a doctor of any kind yet. I'm putting is off until after Christmas.
For surgery last time I searched for a doctor with the latest techniques and a good reputation. That took me 300 miles from my house. Should a go to my family doctor first or drive the 300 miles? The family doctor will do all the conservative measures first. PT did nothing for me last time. I don't have a bad attitude. I'm just impatient.