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C5-C6 issue affecting my shoulder?

Spine Health | Last Active: Feb 29, 2020 | Replies (42)

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It was suggested I share my story.
Over a decade ago I had pain in my neck that radiated into my shoulder.
I went to a pain doc and got injections.
The injection lasted YEARS!!!!!
In addition, I had horrible pain in my left shoulder.
Turns out I tore cartilage.
I had surgery to repair it then PT.
I lifted weights and believe it was that which caused the tear.
My PT said no weights.
My surgeon said weights were fine.
I listened to my surgeon and retore the cartilage.
After the second surgery, I waited to lift until PT said it was fine.
No problems.
About 1-1/2 years ago, I started getting horrible headaches that woke me up each morning.
After being up about 15 min the pain would go away.
However, when sitting, if my head was not resting agaist the back, I'd get terrible neck and shoulder pain.
My pain doc was not able to hit the right spot to give me relief.
It was at that point and because my lumbar spine was also giving me issues, that I decided it was time to see a neurosurgeon.
Both my cervical and lumbar spines are pretty messed up.
He decided to do the cervical furst.
Now I know why, it's less painful and easier to recover.
Symptoms worsened while I waited fir surgery.
Head and all the way to the finger tips with pain and tingling.
I had C5/6 replaced with artificial discs.
Within days, all the symptoms were gone, including the surgical pain
I was told before surgery that the % of failed replacements is very low and he only had to remove the artificial discs once.
Well, it's now been a bit over a year and I am starting to get symptoms again.
They aren't as bad as before, but I didn't want to wait.
I saw my surgeon and had some tests.
I feel several months ago and probably nudged the discs.
There is also something else he saw.
Bottom line, I am having a shot for dx purposes and another surgery is likely.
He will probably remove the artificial discs and do a fusion.
There is another area in trouble, too.
While he is in there, he'll most likely do that, too.
I honestly hoped to stay away from fusions.
The weight of the fusion often impacts the discs above and below, which likrely will result in a fusion there, too.
This failure had NOTHING to do with the quality of surgery.
It is probably because of the fall AND/OR my body rejecting the discs.
I have found that if you continue to baby yourself like you do right after surgery, the surgery will not fail.
Sadly, many people feel so good, they go right back to their life like before surgery, that caused the issues in the first place.
Hope this helps...
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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Goodness @grandmar that is a lot. I have had varying opinions on the weight lifting as well. The PT place the neuroscience center likes to use did just that. Years ago I went to one therapist for my cervical spine and lower lumbar. He said no squats, no deadlifts, etc. Fast forward to this year I went back there as a self referral just to get an eval. The other therapist (they only have two) told me I NEEDED to keep lifting and not to stop those things. These guys work in the same place. My current therapist for my torn shoulder has also been trying to help my other issues. He didn't want me to stop lifting. I had to keep explaining that when you have neck issues and your hand is tingly it's hard to get motivated to go lift (I haven't lifted in two months). I reached out to my long time favorite therapist and she was happy I had stopped lifting due to all I am dealing with. So yeah, what's a person supposed to do?!?!? I have heard with disc issues that often times after one area is fused a person will need to have the levels above and below done as well, as they become weaker. But, I know sometimes surgery is necessary and it's a risk to take. I am not there yet.