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Neck-Shoulder Pain

M1ichele35MM1ichele35 Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
:S Ihave a question. I had my c5-6 fused. Since my operation. If I move a certain way. I get a extremely bad pain in my right shoulder. It is not the same movements everytime causing the pain. At first it was only happening every few days. Now it is happening several times a day. I am 3 weeks after the surgery. Is this normal? My insurance company has been calling once a week to check on me. The nurse type person who called thought it was not to be expected. That I should be calling my doctor. I just hate bugging my doctor. Plus it takes forever to get answers from his office.



  • I agree that you need to contact your doctor regarding this new symptom. After my ACDF I also had pain in my shoulder and the back of my neck. After talking to the doctor, he said it's normal to have these things after surgery for a while. But, with that said, you really need to get confirmation from your doctor - that's what they're there for.

    Take care and keep us posted.
  • My first fusion was the C5/6, and like you, had similar symptoms post op. You are still pretty fresh from surgery, and the fusion has changed your spine. The loading and dynamics are changed, so your muscles, ligaments, spine all have to adjust. Hopefully your doctor will tell you similar, and that hopefully you are experiencing spasms as you heal? Please don't feel bad calling. Surgeons want us to heal and go on with life, so if something is bothering you, they would rather clear it up vs. having a patient worry.

    Please let us know how it goes.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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