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Cervical/Pseudo Angina from neck injury (existing fusion)

bkj1977bbkj1977 Posts: 1
edited 11/16/2015 - 3:03 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i had a two level fusion at c4-5 and c5-6 10 years ago. 4 years ago, i fell off a stair landing 10' to concrete, striking my neck, shoulder and lower back. since that time, i have had extreme pain in both shoulders, down both arms, spasm and tingling/numbness in my hands. all of those are similar to the pain i was having prior to the original fusion 10 years ago. however, this time i am experience a new pain. i have pain/pressure across my chest, shortness of breath upon exertion or using my arms, pain down left arm and between shoulder blades. i have had more than 3 complete cardio workups and all of them are the same-no heart related issues. my heart doctor now believes i am experience cervical or pseudo angina. it is a crushing pain and truly makes me feel like i am having a heart attack. my question is two fold: has any one ever had this cervical or pseudo angina that is related to a cervical neck injury and if so, how was it finally diagnosed and treated and 2- is it possible to "injure" a prior fusion and have pain and symptoms similar to the original pain you had prior to the fusion? i am at wits end and the pain is now getting to the unbearable stage. i have to know if someone has had this before. i can't find a doctor that knows how to figure out what to do for me if indeed it is something due to my cervical spine.

thanks in advance for any insight.


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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 11/16/15 09:03 est



  • Kirstij79KKirstij79 UKPosts: 160
    edited 11/21/2015 - 10:18 AM
    The fall sounds awful..did you to to A&E? Were you X-rayed?
    Maybe you need an MRI to check for damage to your neck? Please keep us posted:)
    Kirsti x
  • Hi,Brian, noticed your post from 2015.Had whiplash years ago, had issues about 12 yrs, ago, I have some dull neck and shoilder pain ,now, when i walk fast ,severe angina starts, been to ER , NO, cardio problems, they did every test , ct scans , x-rays, blood work EKG, almost positive ,mine is from cervical , SO, anyways been 3 years for you,, what were the results, and how are you doing now? thanks ,Andy, my symptoms, started 10-2018, the dull neck pain was 1 st, then a few  days later ,I had the angina , when mowing the lawn, angina only comes with walking or some types of exertion.

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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