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ACDF c4-C5 and Torn Rotator Cuffs

I am a 52 year old male who suffered from increasing upper back pain. After several years, it was determined by MRI that I had a p. Acnes infection in the disc of c-4-c5. At the surgery, I was warned, by several people, including by the anesthesiologist, that I would likely have pain in my shoulders after the surgery due to the way that they "pull your shoulders down" to position you. Ok fine, but shoulder pain was intense. Fusion stopped the upper back pain, but I have had pain in my shoulders muscles(tops of my shoulders up to neck) ever since the surgery. Finally in august, one year later, the pain got so bad that I returned to a shoulder doctor. Diagnosis was two full thickness tears in my left shoulder which would require surgery (which I had friday), and a partial thickness tear in my right. Mind you, I have been recuperating from ACDF surgery...doing nothing physical but PT. Crazy. Is this a common side effect of this surgery? Because this is ridiculous. Anyone else? Honestly, I'm mad.



  • Rapidcycler, I almost had to laugh at myself when I read your post! When I first started having “ issues” it was all in my left shoulder, deltoids, and biceps. The surgeon told me NO, it was my neck. I argued to the point where he sent me to the shoulder MD across the hall who told me he could do a MRI and he would definitely find something on a 55 year old man! Lol So He sent me back across the hall to the spinal surgeon. Fast forward to now after a unsuccessful C-5 through C-7 , Constant neck and both shoulders hurt 24/7 every day! I get to look forward now to a C-4 through C-7 revision after the hardware starts failing. As the saying goes “ getting old isn’t for sissies” lol Hang in there my friend!.......David


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