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severe pain in shoulder after having neck fusion from c2-c7

knappenbergerkknappenberger Posts: 2
edited 09/13/2015 - 9:18 PM in Recovering from Surgery
i had surgery on the 18 th of this month and i feel no different. i had a neck fusion from c2-c7 and i feel worse then i did before the surgery. i have severe pain in the left shoulder that is worse now then when i went in for sugery is this normal or could it be something else going on with my shoulder? i am to start therapy for my neck this week but that is not my issues its my shoulder.

cervical spine surgery


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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 603
    I was injured at work over 2 years ago. I complained about neck & left shoulder pain. I had mri's of both & doctors told me that my shoulder was fine. They just gave me injections in my shoulder & sent me to spine doctor for c4/5 herniation.
    After 2 neck surgeries, I was still complaining of shoulder pain. It was preventing me from sleeping & I couldn't use my left arm.
    I finally found a new orthopedic doctor & sent him all my records. He showed me on the mri report that it said "suspicious of a tear". He sent me for an Arthrogram & it confirmed that I had a full rotator cuff tear.
    I'm not saying that's what is going on with you. But, I would talk to your doctor about this.
    When you go for therapy on your neck, your shoulders will be getting a workout too.
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  • Can I ask, please - did you have an anterior or posterior approach to your surgery?
    How are your shoulders today?
    Kirsti x
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