I had C4/5 and 5/6 fused in April 2009. The arm pain was supposed to go away, however, as it turns out I actually had several problems with my shoulder that didn't show up in the shoulder MRI prior to my neck surgery. All the pain was supposedly coming from my neck. Anyway, I had labral tear repair and subaccromial decompression surgery done on December 1st and now more than 2 and a half months later, my shoulder and arm and still in horrible pain. I even developed a frozen shoulder after the surgery which apparently is more common in people with neck problems. My physical therapist thinks I'm taking a lot longer to rehab b/c of my neck issues.
Anyone else experienced this? It's so frustrating too especially b/c all the spine surgeons and shoulder specialists I went to before deciding on neck surgery all said the problem was coming from my arthritic neck. The neck surgery did nothing for either the neck or shoulder pain! I'm hoping eventually, the shoulder surgery will have done some good.