A spine surgeon recently recommended a 2 level acdf at c5-6 and c6-f with cages, plate and my bone for graft. I've had increasing pain in my back between my spine and shoulders and across the top of my back to the point I can't be on my feet for long. This surgeon says the pain comes from my neck injury but I'm having a hard time finding any connection between cervical herniations and back pain. Most sources on the internet, including this site, seem to suggest cervical neck pain would manifest in shoulders and down arms and hands.
has anyone had similar pains and diagnosis? Is it possible for neck pain to manifest in upper back?
ive been through the ringer with tests, scans and other medical opinions. One surgeon claims acdf surgery is a terrible idea because I don't show the classic symptoms aside from 2 years of neck pain and even accused the other surgeon of beng quick to cut (I am getting a third opinion). Although about a year ago I did have a epidural that seemed to cure a pins and needles feeling in my right shoulder and hand.
thanks in advance for any advice