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Hello from Chicago

Hi all. I'm here at my wits end hoping to get some help. I was injured at work over a year ago, had shoulder surgery, but have been suffering from chronic head, neck, and back pain. Doctors don't have any answers for me. Looking forward to getting some input and opinions.
Thanks for listening


  • I guess I should give you some more info. After the injury at work I went to PT where they treated me for my shoulder, pain underneath my shoulderblade and neck pain for approx. 8 weeks. I had surgery in October to repair a SLAP tear, and started PT again. Come January, the PT was aggravating the pain underneath my shoulderblade, the neck pain, and causing headaches as well as pain in my lower jaw. The pain radiates down my arm into my forarm and there is some loss of dexterity in some of my fingers. The ortho doc ordered an mri of the cervical spine which showed some bulging discs and I believe arthritis. The report states issues with most of the cervical spine. I began neck therapy which aggravated the situation even more. Saw a pain management doc who gave me an epidural which made the pain worse for about a week. He also did a couple occipital nerve blocks for diagnostic purposes. Results were favorable from one of the blocks but not the other. I have no reflexes in my triceps. I had an emg done which also came back normal. He referred me to a neurosurgeon who said I don't need neck surgery and ordered an mri for the brachial plexus. I followed up with him today and he hadn't received the radiology report but he looked at the mri and said it looks normal and has prescribed more PT. Workmans comp has denied the neck head and shoulderblade pain as part of the accident. Anyway I am still not back at work, and I lost my comp benefits back in June. I need to find an answer to whats going on so I can get it fixed and back to work.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 09/05/2013 - 3:35 PM
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