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I am so happy to have found this thread! Early in September, I started having a pain in my neck, radiating into my shoulder and arm. I went to see an orthopedic specialist who gave me a steroid shot in the shoulder, although the x-ray of the shoulder showed nothing wrong. It seemed that the shot helped for a week or so and then the pain was back, and slowly kept getting worse until it became debilitating. I went back to the same doctor who sent me to have an MRI. The result? Only mild inflammation, which should not have caused that much pain.

I went back to that office and they did an x-ray of the neck because I kept complaining that my neck also hurts. A lot. Well, the x-ray showed NOTHING but since I kept calling the doctor and complaining, they sent me to have an MRI of the neck. Here's what it says:

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There is mild to moderate narrowing of the C5-C6 and C6-C7 disc spaces.

There is a combination of posterior disc bulge and posterior osteophyte formation at C4-C5, C5-C6, and C6-C7 levels. There is moderate narrowing of the C5-C6 neural foramina bilaterally, more pronounced on the right than the left, secondary to the disc/spur combination. There is no evidence of focal disc herniation.
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I have YET to hear back from the office on what to do next. I've called them 5 times over last week and no one has any answers. I'm really shocked that after treating my shoulder instead of my neck they just refuse to even answer questions about the test.

I would assume that the severe, absurd, constant pain I've been feeling for months now is caused by the neck problems and not the mild inflammation of the shoulder tendon.
But what do I know?
[QUOTE=Aleosha;5328623]I am so happy to have found this thread! Early in September, I started having a pain in my neck, radiating into my shoulder and arm. I went to see an orthopedic specialist who gave me a steroid shot in the shoulder, although the x-ray of the shoulder showed nothing wrong. It seemed that the shot helped for a week or so and then the pain was back, and slowly kept getting worse until it became debilitating. I went back to the same doctor who sent me to have an MRI. The result? Only mild inflammation, which should not have caused that much pain.

I went back to that office and they did an x-ray of the neck because I kept complaining that my neck also hurts. A lot. Well, the x-ray showed NOTHING but since I kept calling the doctor and complaining, they sent me to have an MRI of the neck. Here's what it says:

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There is mild to moderate narrowing of the C5-C6 and C6-C7 disc spaces.

There is a combination of posterior disc bulge and posterior osteophyte formation at C4-C5, C5-C6, and C6-C7 levels. There is moderate narrowing of the C5-C6 neural foramina bilaterally, more pronounced on the right than the left, secondary to the disc/spur combination. There is no evidence of focal disc herniation.
************************************************

I have YET to hear back from the office on what to do next. I've called them 5 times over last week and no one has any answers. I'm really shocked that after treating my shoulder instead of my neck they just refuse to even answer questions about the test.

I would assume that the severe, absurd, constant pain I've been feeling for months now is caused by the neck problems and not the mild inflammation of the shoulder tendon.
But what do I know?[/QUOTE]


You need to see a different orthopedic surgeon.





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