Hello everybody. I have a long messy story so please bear with me.
Over a year ago: I had chronic shoulder pain over a year ago and found out I had impingement of my rotator cuff muscle. After months of Physical Therapy and rest the pain remained.
My pain was only present in my shoulder at my rotator cuff and only present if I tried to exercise or use my shoulder.
8 months ago (Aug 10th): After a year of rest and some physical therapy, I finally had surgery in my shoulder. My ortho did a subacromial decompression and distal clavicle excision. A bony spur was removed. He said The tear in the supraspinatus was minor and didn't require surgical repair. He also mentioned very minor damage in my labrum that didn't require repair but just needed to be "cleaned up." He says everything went perfectly and the surgery was a success.
I went to physical therapy as indicated after surgery. But about a month after surgery, I started having a burning/inflamed feeling on the lateral side of my neck. This was soon accompanied by tingling pain in my arms (especially forearm and index finger)
I NEVER had these symptoms before my surgery. Nothing even remotely close to this
The RC area itself hurts occasionally, but I am moreso experiencing the tingling pain in my lower arm/forarm and really bad inflammation on my neck.
(all symptoms are worst the day after physical therapy)
I spoke with my ortho and he RIGHT AWAY said "This has nothing to do with your surgery....its incidental...You have cervical spinal issues. I had a cervical MRI done which stated a minor posterior bulge at c2/c3. My PT and primary care doctor think this is an incidental finding and a spine mri in anyone will find a minor buldge. But my ortho insists this is the problem and it incidentally started happening a month after the surgery he performed...
My ortho said to take the conservative route and have physical therapy/traction therapy done. Im worried and also confused as to why this is happening right after my subacromial decompression surgery.
I followed my ortho's advice and had cervical traction done and continued with physical therapy.
I also went to a neurologist who said my neurological findings are all normal...She gave me muscle relaxants and said I can get an EMG if I want, but she doesn't think its necessary
The most frustrating part for me is the fact that I can't diagnose my problem.
My Ortho thinks its something spine related
It has been 8 months since my surgery and Im still having these terrible symptoms all on my right side (same side as surgery):
-Pain in my shoulder/AC Joint
-Tingling pain in my elbow, forearm, and even fingers...especially worse the day after I use my shoulder
-Neck feels inflamed/painful on the right side
**All symptoms are worse the days after physical therapy**
Also my right shoulder clicks alot when doing PT exercises such as shrugs and front raises.
My AC joint clicks alot and sometimes I feel pain around my scapula
I have been to my ortho, received a cortisone injection, tried cervical traction, active release therapy, and been to 3 physical therapists. I ice my shoulder 3x a day and use heat at night. I have been using NSAIDs and fish oil daily for inflammation.
At this point I am extremely frustrated and depressed. I just want to know exactly what is wrong so I can pinpoint the problem and try to take care of it properly...
I posted my problem 2 months ago and since then I have been to the neurologist and continued PT.
Symptoms are still pretty much the same