Hi all, my first post here, I hope to get some information from you. Last year I had severe pain in my left shoulder(blade) neckmuscles and later my fingers and hand started to hurt too, at first my doctor thought it was rotator-cuff tendons or strained muscles. So he had me take xrays for my shoulder, but aside some wear there was not much to show. When I told him later about my pins and needles in my vingers I got a xray for my neck, the xrays showed spondylosis an wear of c5 and c6, no action was taken (beside painkillers) and about 5 month later I was almost pain free.
Now this year it starts al over again, a stabbing pain in my shoulder, so the doctor referred me to a orthopedic surgeon, he also thought it was rotator cuff impingement or bursitis, so he gave me a cortisone injection but instead of getting better it got worse, also the pain in my fingers and hand came back. (thumb, index, middle vinger)
I didnt tell the orthopedic doc about my pins and needles (stupid I know) because it didnt really hurt then and all I wanted was to get rid off my shoulder pain. since it got worse I called my ortho.doc and asked him if my neck could be the source of my shoulder pain, so we made an appointment for next week.
My questions to you are: is the orthopedic surgeon the right doc for neck problems? can a pinced nerve in the neck give so much pain in the shoulder ? can shoulder problems be the reason for pain in my fingers? what would be the best next step to rule things out or get the right diagnose.