I had a C5/C6-C6/C7 with instrumentation 4 years ago with very good results. No pain at all. The last month I started having pain in my shoulder that gradually began progressing down my arm. So I went to see the doctor and they were concerned that it was related to my cervical spine. So had an exray and saw a spine specialist and yup, apparently am having problems with the C6 nerve root!!!!!
4 years ago I was told that this was impossible because the disc was removed. Well, apparently not. Since my surgery 4 years ago the exray shows I have developed some arthritis at the C4 level, but I don't know why I'm having nerve pain at the C6. So the doc has me taking methylprednisone (steroids)for a week and also doing some physical therapy. It's been almost a week since I started the steroids and physical therapy and it's not helping.
I am so bummed. The pain is constant again and I can't bear the thought of going through all of this again. It's not as bad as it was before I had the surgery but it makes me very nervous. The doc said that he's going to be very aggresive in treating this and I see him again in a couple weeks. So far I'm not encouraged.
Has this happened to anyone before?