I'm going in for a cervical MRI soon for a sudden onset of severe shoulder pain. In the past my old MRI showed severe desiccation on C5-6 and disc bulge at the same level, along with other disc bulges and mild kyphosis in C3-C7. I had a cervical epidural 2 years ago for severe shoulder pain and radiating nerve pain down my arm and hand. I also get numbness and aching between my shoulder blades, as well as occasional headaches. My shoulder this time hurt so bad I thought I had a ligament injury or something. X-rays were negative for that and labs were normal. My doctor feels it's a cervical issue. The weird thing is that I had mild swelling in my shoulder that is better now which made me think it was not cervical problems. I read online that it could happen sometimes-how I don't know. Maybe 2 separate issues happening coincidentally at once? I also wondered if small cervical disc herniations don't feel as painful as lumbar because they are not weight-bearing? If anyone has any idea or has experienced this please share your story. Much appreciated
Ol' Spiney...Microdiscectomy L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central disc herniation L4-S1, sciatic nerve damage, retrolisthesis, epidural fibrosis, facet arthropathy, severe DDD & OA.FBSS- Medtronic SynchroMed II pump.