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    my name is MAYRA 7 months ago I had c5-c6 fusion. Now I have constant spasms, can turn my head to the right, stiffness, and a shooting pain from my neck to my shoulder. I had an MRI, and said that it looks normal. My Question is and concern is now that am still in alot of discomfort. Am now working only 12 hours per week. And am having a very difficult time. Is this normal?

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You had a C5-6 fusion and are now 7 months post-op with continued pain. The questions that have to be answered are whether you have a solid fusion, if you have another level involved causing pain and/or a separate shoulder problem. I will assume that the MRI did not demonstrate any other levels involved but you should read the report yourself or cut and paste it here.You should had had flexion-extention X-rays which would be helpful to determine if you have a solid fusion but the gold standard is a CT scan. A good physical examination can rule out the shoulder.

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    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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    Thank you for responding to me I greatly appreciated. I know my doctor told me that c4 showed slight narrowing but he said he didn’t feel it necessary to touch c4 because he said I wasn’t showing any sign that I was having problem with it. This is prior to having c5-c6 surgery, c4 showed slight narrowing but not that significant. so now am exhibiting that c4 is giving a problem according to my doctor. cause now the pain is radiating from the neck to arm. he thinks now c4 is the problem or my shoulder itself. I just don’t know what to do, am in constant spasms, pain, and having problems sleeping now. I don’t want anymore surgeries. but thank you so much for all your expertise.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You need to have knowledge that the C5-6 level is solidly fused by at least a flexion/extension X-ray if not a CT scan. If it is solid, you then need to have a selective nerve root block of the C4-5 level on the side of the shoulder pain. You also need a good shoulder examination to determine if the shoulder causes pain or if this is referral pain from the neck.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    AvatarMuttley823
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    Thank you so much for the all the information you have shared with me. I will definitely will be speaking with my surgeon in my next follow-up appointment. which will be in January 2, 2020. Will keep you informed of the outcome. thanks again

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