Hi - this is my first post on the spine-health forum. I had a C5-C6 and C6-C7 right side posterior cervical foraminotomy almost 3 months ago. My main complaint prior to the surgery was rhomboid muscle spasm, shoulder ache and weakness, and burning numbness in my upper arm. After seeing some initial improvement immediately following the surgery, my symptoms have returned, only worse. I'm also experiencing the same symptoms on my left side now.
A post-op MRI showed no nerve root impingement, but some fluid buildup. My spine surgeon thought that the nerve roots were simply inflamed following the surgery and PT, and sent me back to my physical medicine rehabilitation specialist for an epidural steroid injection.
When I received the steroid injection 5 days ago, the doctor said that the dye pattern he observed during the injection suggested that there was some scar tissue formation in the area that disturbed the flow of steroid, resulting in a different pattern of distribution than he had seen when giving me injections before the surgery.
So far I have not shown any improvement from the injection, which is not typical for me this many days after the procedure.
Does anyone have any advice or information they can share with me? Seems like 3 months after this type of surgery I should be almost completely recovered and better, not worse. After not seeing any benefit from the steroid injection either I'm not sure what to do next, but feel like I'm running out of options.