Donald Corenman, MD, DC
Moderator
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Your symptoms and intensity of pain are concerning. A number of potential diagnoses are possible. See the section on the website regarding failed neck surgery syndrome.

There may be a pseudoarthrosis (lack of fusion) of one of the two levels. A CT scan can reveal this.

There may be a herniation at a level above or below and an MRI would reveal this possibility.

There may be a separate shoulder problem (less likely but possible) and a well done physical examination would sort this out.

You may have a problem with a rib head where it inserts into the spine. Chiropractic treatment can be effective if this is the case.

You may even have a thoracic disc herniation (rare but possible). A thoracic MRI would reveal this disorder.

Dr. Corenman