My shoulder has been painful since before my 1st cervical fusion in 2002. I've had 3 cervical fusions and each time the shoulder was very painful. After the 1st two my shoulder pain went away. But after the 3rd the shoulder pain stayed. Four months post op my surgeon poked my shoulder and said it was coming from the next disc up. I just knew there was no way I blew a disc while recovering. I had been so very careful! Turns out it was a shoulder issue. I've been told(and read)many different reasons why I have bone spurs tearing my rotator cuff. I was told it's normal aging(I'm 46), a weak joint, bad mechanics, related to my neck surgeries etc. I have arthritis in my toes, fingers, neck, and lumbar. Does the shoulder fall under the catagory of arthritis too? How can this be normal aging? It sure doesn't feel like a normal aging process to me. These's 2 things in this surgery I'm not familiar with. They will be putting in a pain pump that I remove with the bandage 3 days later. And they are giving me a nerve block to numb the whole arm. I am nervous about both procedures! If anyone has had this surgery and have any input concerning the pain pump or the nerve block, your response will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.