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Shoulder pain after disc replacement surgery

Started by greg0422 on 11/14/2018 4:17pm

About 6 weeks ago I experienced sudden weakness in my left arm. This happened after moving my neck and feeling something pop. Weakness was pronounced and localized to the left deltoid. Basically I could not raise my arm above shoulder level when pointing directly to my left. I was able to raise the arm when pointing forward.

The diagnosis after MRI was C4-5 and C5-6 disc degeneration and herniation impinging on the nerve to the left arm. I also have some bone spurs at C6 and C7 that are currently asymptomatic.

Last week I had disc replacement surgery with Mobi-C https://www.cervicaldisc.com/mobi-c) inserted at C4-5 and C5-6. This went well and the surgeon said that nerve conduction was actually seen to improve during the surgery (they monitored this). I was impressed by the surgeon and the hospital and believe they did a great job.

Prior to surgery I didn't actually have any pain - or at least not enough to mention, maybe 1 on a scale of 1-10 in the back of my neck.

Post-op I had a slight improvement in strength. Pain was about what I expected. This subsided for two days, then I woke up on the 3rd day with numbness in my left thumb and severe shoulder pain. The muscle that is (and was) weak was extremely uncomfortable. This pain has persisted now for 3 days and my shoulder has gotten even weaker than it was before surgery.

I've contacted the doctor's office to see if I can get a follow-up sooner than originally scheduled.

What I'm wondering is: is this type of sudden onset of increased pain expected? I thought perhaps it might have taken a couple days for inflammation to set in, or perhaps I was overdoing it the first day or two after surgery because I felt fine.

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Update: The PA called me back about my symptoms and is convinced it is due to inflammation at the nerve root. He has prescribed oral steroids which I'll take for about a week, ramping up then back down.

He said the thumb is C6 so that makes sense that I'd have numbness there.


Hi! Can you give us an update please? How are you now and have you regained your strength back? I am in the same situation as you and now it is time to decide about surgery.