This is a fantastic board - glad I found it. After shoulder surgery last May (labrum cleanup and bicep moved) did not take care of being able to abduct my left arm, my shoulder surgeon said I needed gain strength so I needed to 'hit the gym real hard.....if the pain gets worse, you will be back.' He refused any further treatment. I tried to get a second opinion with another orthopedist at a different practice, and was denied after he reviewed my records. DENIED!! He didn't even grant me an office visit. Probably thought I was shopping for drugs, lol.
After 2 months I called the first practice begging to see another orthopedist for a second opinion (a very tearful plea), someone in the office obtained an OK from the original Ortho for me to see a colleague. That second orthopedist talked with me for 5 minutes and did a quick exam. He sent me straight away to have a cervical X-ray right then, and within 15 minutes he told me it was my neck causing my pain....that it was most likely deltoid paralysis from c5 nerve root compression. Had an MRI to confirm as such, and so much more. DDD all the way down, 2 herniations compressing the spinal cord, and large bone spurs. I'm nervous about surgery, but excited to finally doing something that will at least halt further damage, and hopeful of relieving at least some of the pain.
If only the first orthopedist had done an X-ray from the onset. No use in wasting time on that thought, as it does not take away any pain. I'm looking ahead now.
ACDF C5/6 & C67 scheduled for 02/24/2015