I had ACDF at c5-c6 in Jan 05 and then shoulder rotator cuff surgery in June 06. Since then I've had several bouts of neck pain, probably one or two per year, that required various NSAIDs and Oxycotin and several weeks of rest to get under control.
However, in July 2010 I awoke to severe neck pain, shoulder pain and could barely swallow, talk and loud noises hurt. Now i'm taking relafin, scalaxin and oxycotin to combat throbbing pain in my shoulder and tingling and some times hot or cold sensations in my hand. This feels very close to the way my neck and shoulder felt before the first surgery.
My question is this - I thought this was over since the ACDF in 2005 removed the disk that caused the initial nerve compression. I find it hard to believe that I injured my shoulder again, but the pain is convincing me otherwise.
I'm now scheduled to go to a NS and will probably start the whole MRI/testing diagnosis routine again. I feel like I'm stuck in a bad dream.
Can anyone shed some light on what to expect a second time around?
sKC in Maryland