cervical disease and shoulder pain
Hello, comments please...
After a four year history of acute shoulder pain I had a repair of partially torn rotator cuff in 11/2010.
Pain persists so I was referred to a second shoulder surgeon who thought the problem was stemming from multilevel degenerative disc disease of c5-c6, c6-c7.
He has referred me to a spinal clinic with warnings of a potential cervical fusion in my future.
Do the MRI results warrant surgical intervention?
Can this be the cause of my daily shoulder pain? [scapula, trapezius, deltoid area, and of course the neck] There is muscle wasting of the whole shoulder, especially the scapula.
"At C5-C6 there is a mild posterior disc space narrowing with uncovertebral joint prominence particularly on the right. There appears to be at least a moderate degree of right neural foraminal narrowing due to uncovertebral joint spurring. No significant central or left neural foraminal narrowing.
C6-C7 demonstrates disc bulging posteriorly but most pronounced in the left posterior aspect. Although there is only minimal central canal narrowing as a result, the disc material does approach the ventral nerve root on the left. Mild degree of left neural foraminal narrowing is also suspected.
No further significant degeneration or abnormalities."
Has anyone had a similar experience, or perhaps can help interpret the MRI findings?
As I live in Canada I don't expect to get an appointment with the surgeon any time soon, probably another year. Any help with interm managment would also be helpful.