I was in a car accident 4 years ago. 1 year later i had a discectomy on my 3rd disc and a fusion on my 2nd and 3rd vertebrae. This stopped the pain between my shoulder blades however, it feels like my shoulder never healed. I have an aching pain constantly in my left shoulder and upper arm (from pain level 1 to 10, this is a constant 5). The skin is extremely tender on all of the left arm and my palm and little finger are numb and tingly. Although I do not have any restrictive movement in the arm and shoulder, it hurts all of the time.
I told my ortho surgeon but he said he does not know the cause (no interest really), I got a second opinion from another ortho surgeon but he did not know either. 2 MRIs and 10 xrays do not show anything. I had gone for treatment to a chiropractor prior to the surgery and he said it may be a stress fracture or dislocation. If so, they should have healed by now. Might it be nerve damage or could this be connected to any of the damage to the cervical area of my spine? (3 discs were affected but only 2 required surgery). The surgeon also removed a bone spur if that is important. Please help I am going crazy!
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replied September 25th, 2008
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It seems like you are describing a possible nerve injury. I'd suggest that you seek help from a neurologist to exhaust all of your options.
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replied September 25th, 2008
thank you
thank you supporter!
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replied September 25th, 2008
so many people
it seems so many people have the same problem and are unable to get any help or advise from their physicians. i wonder why this is. I did have a nerve conduction test which did show a "small" problem with the nerves in that arm. Still the dr did not talk about it with me. I will see a neurologist about this and post his response.
thank you again for your response.
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replied September 25th, 2008
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You're very welcome. I suggest thinking about doctors as people who provide services for you...if you're not happy with the mannerisms of one, seek another! THere are kind and helpful specialists out there who can take the time to be with you...and who aren't focused on the bottom line. Please update when you can.
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