Re: c5, c6 problems and shoulder and bicep pain
Yes, many people think they have a shoulder problem, even some have surgery for shoulder pain, and later find it's actually caused by cervical disc problems. I am having a bit of this right now in my right shoulder due to C4 or C5.
I have heard that if you lift your arm up over your head and get relief it usually means it's more likely pain related to cervical problems. Whereas a true shoulder problem would not feel better in that position. When laying back watching TV I find myself, without thinking, rotating my arm back to have it lay behind my head - which gives some symptom relief.
Rt&Lt thumb arthroplasty 2012 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS 2011
Fusions: L5-S1 (87), L4-S1 (93), C5-C7 ('06), L3-S1 ('10)
C5-C7 foraminotomy 08