Has anyone had simultaneous C-Spine & Rotator Cuff pain & other symptoms??
Briefly, I had an ACDF C4-C6 in June 2011 after over one (1) year of severe neck pain, occipital neuralgia, radiating pain, tingling/numbness, surgery was delayed as I wanted to try conservative treatment and my health insurance pretty much pushed conservative treatment down my throat before it would approve surgery. In August 2012, I had #1 Right Rotator Cuff surgery with good results; my damage was not extreme.
After the 2011 & 2012 surgeries, I remained relatively asymptomatic except for occasional neck & shoulder aches & pains but I did not require treatment. In early December 2015, my Right shoulder pain resumed with a vengeance. Immediately, I knew it was my rotator cuff again. Conservative treatment was tried & failed. After my Right shoulder pain began in December 2015, I also developed Right trapezius, Right side neck pain & "normal" headaches.
In June 2016, I had extensive, "salvage" surgery # 2 on my Right shoulder arm with multiple (at least 8) parts of my Right shoulder/arm needing repair, removal of bone spurs, tears to my Infraspinatus, Supraspinatus & Massive Tear to Subscapularis (which required part of my pectoral muscle to be transferred there), SLAP tear, bicep rupture, etc...It was the worst surgery & recovery I've ever experienced. I never got better; in fact, my pain & function was much worse. The June 2016 surgery "failed."
In early April 2017, I required my #3 Right shoulder/arm surgery to attempt to correct the failures (and likely mistakes) from my June 2016 surgery. My 3rd Ortho couldn't make any promises because my R shoulder was a complete mess & my R rotator cuff had literally stopped working. The results of #3 surgery were better than #2 but my arm will never be the same according to the multiple Orthos that I've consulted.
When I tried to return to work in July 2017, my recovery regressed, pain & function took a nose dive and my severe Right trapezius, neck pain and now "head" pain began. My trapezius is always tight & painful even though I take muscle relaxers, Butrans patch, Physical Therapy including neck stretches. The crepitus in my neck is outrageous. My neck pain is much worse and now begins at the back of my neck/base of skull going up & over my scalp, my scalp will sometimes be very tender to touch. No longer do I have mere headaches, I have what I call head pain aka occipital neuralgia. Also, I've got severe radiating pain down my Right arm, tingling especially in my Right Ring & Pinky fingers, dizziness at times, numbness, etc... My Ortho has referred me to a neuro for consult on Monday September 18.
Based on my past experiences, I HATE to admit it but I do think what I'm experiencing now is related to my C-Spine. There's been no accident, no fall, nothing. I'm so down, depressed & exhausted physically & emotionally from all these medical nightmares.
Has anyone had both C-Spine & rotator cuff problems simultaneously? What happened in your situation(s)? I feel as if my world is imploding!!!