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Neck pain vs shoulder pain

ellineellin Posts: 188
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I need to have a 3 level fusion for my cervical and my lower back but, I am just talking about my neck for now.

I have not been able to sleep on my arm for months. The pain is too much, my Dr. orderd an MRI of the shoulder because he told me the cervical fusion surgery will NOT be a sucess if I have a shoulder problem.

As some of you know I had a rhizotomy 3 levels both sides for my lower back and ended up having seizures in recovery due to wrong medicine given to me along with going into respitory distrss.

During my stay with having the seizures I woke up a day and half later and could not move my arm. They thought it was either from me thrasing from the seizures or from them moving me. I left came home and knew my Cervical surgon had orderd an MRI for MON so I went

I was told that I had severed the tendon in my shoulder my Dr's office even said this and I was so upset over this than I found out that it is a tear not severed and I have bone spurs and severe arthritis.

So, Now I am so worried that my pain even tho I have all them disc protrusions that the pain that I have is from my shoulder. I have not spoke to my cervical surgon yet regarding the outcome of the MRI that he had me go get, he did tho send me to the shoulder Dr. who could not tell me if this would be a problem with the neck surgery.

I dont know what is next for the pain, Can anyone give me some feedback pls.?


  • Sorry, I can give you any feedback or advice, but I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and really feel for all the problems that you are going through at the moment! :S
    As if you didn't have enough to worry about with your cervical and lumbar problems.

    I really hope that your surgeon will see what needs to be done to deal with your pain.

    Have they suggested any PT in the future to help strengthen your shoulder? You probably just need to rest it at the moment.
    I am hoping that my PT will be able to help me with my cervical and thoracic problems.

    We are here to support you through this Ellin. :-)

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,863
    Over the years, I have learned so much about just how much one part of our spine can impact another part of our spine/body.

    Our nerves/muscles/tendons are so inter-related that it is almost impossible to have a procedure done on one area that will not set up a potential problem in another area.

    When I had my recent complete shoulder replacement, my major concern was not on the shoulder but to the impact on the rest of me. It took about two months, but problems in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar area started to flare up.

    Many of the muscles/tendons that help support/manipulate the cervical area, shoulder area and upper back (thoracic) share so much in common.

    I would like to better understand why your doctor feels that the cervical fusion would not be a success if you have shoulder problems? There are so many different type of shoulder problems. Some are just muscular, some tendons, some bone and some everything.

    It will be curious to see the results of the shoulder MRI. From what I have been told and what I recently experienced from several doctors, if the shoulder problem is tendons or bone (arthritis) related, X-rays will give a better indication as to the degree of the problem.

    With my increasing arthritis in both shoulders, the doctors want to take new X-Rays every 4 months to see how far it has progressed. Along with that only 1 MRI a year.

    There is also another factor that comes into play here. Most spinal surgeons are totally familiar with cervical, thoracic and lumbar conditions. Not all are that versed in shoulder problems. The same holds true in reverse.

    So many times for a complete diagnosis, you need to have multiple specialists look at your diagnostic test results and let them come up with a plan to help you.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    that they say the ACDF will not be succesful is that without a stable shoulder(s) they can not appropriately perform the ACDF.

    Part of the ACDF procedure involves a device that pulls down the shoulders to help open up the cervical disc spaces so they can do their surgical magic. Without having two stable shoulders - they can not use this traction type device to pull down the shoulders.

    Just a thought as to where the comment maybe comming from ... I maybe wrong - I maybe crazy.

    Hoping the best for you,


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