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Is it possible my muscle spasms/numbness are from c5-6, c6-7 degeneration and anxiety about surgery?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all, I was hoping someone could help. I have had sporadic pain for the last 10 years in the muscles in between my shoulder blades. I also have degeneration at c5-6 and c6-7 levels. Now the last five months, the pain has increased to daily and my arms and legs (less often) get numb. I am considering ACDF surgery since all else has failed (PT, cteroids, traction, etc), but am worried that the surgery wont cure my pain in between the shoulders (which feels liek pressure coming through to my chest).

Can this pain in bet shoulder blades be caused from my discs? One chiro told me no, its a different area, but I dont trust them and am not seeing my dr for weeks. I also am terrified of the surgery and wonder if the anxiety can be causing the numbness. Thanks to any insight you can give.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I'm sorry you're having these problems. I assume that you have had an MRI and have a spine specialist that you've been working with that has told you that surgery is your next step?

    In any case, yes, you can get back spasms in the middle of your back due to bad cervical discs. In fact, that's the first symptom I had that sent me to the doctor. Stress doesn't help, either. I don't believe that anxiety can cause the numbness, sounds more like a nerve being invaded due to bad disks.

    Try not to worry too much about what is in your future. The surgery isn't as bad as it seems like it would be. I was totally freaked that I had to have surgery and once it was over I realized the anticipation was worse than the anxiety beforehand.

    Take care and feel free to PM me if you have questions or need to talk.

  • KK
    I have very similar symptoms for many years too. Have done all therapies, found out this year I have Cervical Disc 4,5,6, severe retrolisthisis.
    I have been researching ; the Scalene muscles are attached to these discs, impingement and trigger points will definitely refer pain in between shoulder blades. Most Health care professionals; including DRS. are unaware of the referral of pain from trigger points.
    I am doing self treatment ( masseage techinques ) on my neck muscles. Very good info. about this if you google trigger points.
  • Maria,
    From your post we are in a simalar situation. Considering surgery , yet wondering if the outcome will relieve our pain. I have had pain w/ shoulders /neck , headaches . The shoulder blade pain is like an ice pick jabbed into me and on bad flare episodes, usually my upper rib is pulled out. Of all the practioners, no one has ever mentioned to me about the muscle knots or trigger points , which can be latent, until activated. Then the cycle starts again. I am now convinced that I need to continually work on them to release the knot. With surgery they will cut into the muscle , which I believe will not stop the pain. At best I think surgery will relieve the nerve impingementand root cause. However, I think for me I will need to maintain regual massage to keep pain at bay. Hope thois helps and please correspond if you feel inclined.
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