In October 2013 i had left shoulder decompression and cup tear fixed. Other than the pain from that i have never had any shoulder, upper spine or neck pain. One month after the shoulder surgery i started experiencing bi lateral shoulder pain. The crowns of the shoulders felt like they were burning. This Continued even after i healed from the surgery. ThIs pain continued to progress in intensity to the point of having to take morphine twice a day. The pain was manageable with meds. My orthopedic doctor referred me to a low back and neck doctor. It was determined that RF would help the shoulder pain. This was after months of physical therapy, epidurals and head shrinking at a pain management clinic. The RF helped the bi lateral shoulder pain. I had 3 very long painful months of recovery. Unfortunately before i had finished recovering from that i developed severe pain in my upper neck that is exasperated by ANY physical activity at all. My doctor and i decided that more RF of the new pain area was the best alternative. Its been almost 2 months now and the pain is worse. Im currently taking morphine twice daily, Norco 3 a day and lyrica twice a day. The pain is horrendous even with meds.
My question is Why and how is this happening. I cant find anyone that can explain this to me... how does a simple shoulder surgery end up with me in constant pain. Every time they fix one thing it leads to something else more painful than the last. i have gone from a very active person to unable to do anything.
Any suggestions or thoughts as to what's going on?********************************************************************************************************* Welcome to Spine-Health
It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
The cervical area and thoracic area do have direct relationships with shoulders.
--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 04/21/15 10:48 est