Wow, it's been a few years since I've been on these boards! I had three back surgeries in 2005-2006:
1. C6-7 fusion with plate and screws, 07/2005
2. C5-6 PCM disc, 07/2006
3. L5-S1 fusion with rods and screws for high-grade spondylolisthesis, 08/2006
My back's in pretty good shape these days, but I've had nagging shoulder pain for about a year and a half. MRI and MRI with contrast don't show anything wrong with the shoulder and x-rays and MRI of my neck don't show problems there. The best diagnosis I have gotten so far is instability of my shoulder--and surgery was recommended. I've done three rounds of PT and it hasn't helped.
I had an epidural at C6-7 a couple of weeks ago, because the doctors thought the shoulder pain might have been coming from my neck. Apparently, it really *is* the shoulder...'cause the epidural didn't do anything. (Hooray! Kind of...)
I do not want to sign up for shoulder surgery when I don't have a strong and clear diagnosis; and I'm thinking about trying prolotherapy.
Has anybody done it? I just heard about it and plan to bring it up with my doctor...do doctors recoil at this sort of thing?
Thanks so much!