At my most recent Dcotor appointment to see an Ortho Surgeon for a sceond opinion (I do Have a neuo but my switch to the Ortho for any more surgery)The Ortho asked when my last EMG was and I said it was a few months after my car accident in Oct of last year. I have since had a Posterior Cervical foraminotomy. He asked if anyone ever took an MRI of my shoulder to look and make sure some of the pain is not being generated from the rotator cuff.
There was no question about what needs to be done to my cervical spine. Two level ACDF at C 4-5 and C 5-6.
I tried many times right after the accident to get my primary and PM, and then the Neruo to look at the T-spine and shoulder on an MRI. My PM sent me for an MRI on the T-spine but not the shoulder. So the ortho has sent me to have the MRI on the shoulder.
Has anyone had a neck injury at the same time as having a rotator cuff tear or some sort of shoulder injury. I did take a really hard hit to my arms and upper body during the accident as I saw it coming and I slammed the brakes just befroe impact and my whole upper bady with arms extendid out to the steering wheel to a good slam along with the neck.
I have terribl buring in my neck down to the scapular area. My left arm is very weak and the Ortho was way more concerned about it then the Neuro ever seemed to be. I also have numbness and tingling in the entire left arm but it is not constant like the burning is. It takes me a long time to get rollef over or scoot myself to the edge of the bed because the pain is so bad.
I don't know much about a torn rotator cuff or how both a neck and shoulder inrjuy that over-lap eachother might feel.
Any thoughts or experiences would be greatly appreciated.
I am in pain and now concerned I have been living with a shoulder issue for over a year on top of the neck issues!!!