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After 3 years 3 surgeries still having neck and shoulder problems help

AnonymousUserAnonymousUser Posts: 51,513
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:36 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had an ACDF of c5/c6 and c6/c7 done and 2 shoulder surgeries last one being a MUV(Doc had to go in and cut a bunch of scar tissue) for ROM. I am still have problems with botht the neck and shoulder. I am looking at another shoulder surgery or leaving everything alone, and live with them. I am young, and don't want to live with all this pain so guess I will be pushing for the surgery. Has anyone else dealt with just not getting better after all this time? Do you change doctors, PTs, or just live with it? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
PS is leocat still around?


  • I don't know what meds your on or what the surgery you are contemplating on is.
    I feel in my opinion that almost any surgery leaves behind scar tissue that can be painful, and usually some arthritis over time. Sounds like a difficult decision as to have another surgery and hoping to live pain free. If you post what symptoms you are having, what meds your on for it, and what type of surgery you are thinking about, everyone here should be able to give you more advice as to what you are going through.
  • Hi Justme,

    I remember most of your story and as far as the pain going completely away, that doesn't seem a reality to myself. I for one wanted a year with no surgery to let my body heal and see where it is. Recovering surgery is long and hard and takes it toll on the body. When I had my shoulder surgery in January of 08 the surgeon said it would continue to get better over time and take up to two years. He was correct. Sure I still get some pain in that shoulder but it is also the shoulder and arm with the permanent nerve damage. After he did surgery I could then tell the difference between the radicular pain coming off the neck vs the pain in the shoulder.

    As far as wether you should do another shoulder surgery, I would need to know what it is for. If it is to clean up scar tissue not sure I would do that. when they keep going into the same area it builds scar tissue, and so your going to continue to keep getting scar tissue by the number times they are going in. But of course that is my opinion. My surgeons won't do scar tissue removal, for that reason. When was your last shoulder surgery, I am assuming early this year if I remember correctly.

    Keep us posted on what you do and how you get along. As far as leocat I seen her post in surgery forum sometime back over the summer months from having neck surgery. Take care.
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