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Shoulder and shoulder blade pain

I had my acdf c-5 through c-7 surgery on October 26 2017. As of today I am in severe pain in both shoulders and shoulder blades. I cant get any sleep. If I lay on one side my opposite arm hurts so bad and it goes numb.  I take oxycodone 7.5 3 x a day and baclofen 3 x a day. I get no relief. Xrays show that it is fusion together and I have arthritis in the shoulders. I cant help but wonder if so.ething has went wrong.  My pcp has requested cortisone shots. Does anyone have any suggestions that may help me? My doctor says it is probably nerves waking up.



  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510


    I went through the same thing.  Muscle relaxers are what finally gave me some relief from the shoulder pain.  Talk to your PCP about the possibility of muscle relaxers, and if one doesn't help then talk about trying a different prescription.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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