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I'm 4+ years out of an L4/L5 micro-D and L5/S1 fusion. Happy to report the back is doing pretty well all things considered.
BUT now my right shoulder and neck have been giving me pain. I've heard horror stories of people getting shoulder surgeries when in reality it was a cervical spine issue. I've gone through the medical hoops of x-ray (no issues), physical therapy for about 3 months (not helping), cortisone injection (helped for 1 week before the pain returned) and finally, I got an MRI. There is a significant tear in my labrum and shoulder impingement. I can't do much with my right arm beside basic living/getting dressed. I have little range of motion and lots of pain if I go outside my limited range. I'm getting a second opinion this week for peace of mind.
Has anyone had a similar issue/prognosis/ or even the operation on their shoulder? I'd love to hear your perspective. After the nightmare of 2 lumbar back surgeries, I have lost most of my faith in the success rate of surgery.
I know the only real way to know would be to get a cervical MRI. But I imagine that this would require starting the process over and jumping through all the same hoops again for several months before they approve another MRI.
Thanks! Looking forward to any feedback.