In April 2004 I had a C5/C6 & C6/C7 fusion with corpectomy. I had significant weakness and tricep atrophy; the surgery was very successful and halted the progression of weakness. I returned to activity without difficulty. I lift weights frequently and would ocassionally have spasms in my right upper trapezius, upper pec, and right shoulder discomfort. The spasms would eventually subside with trigger point therapy, message, etc. I was told by my doctor that it was more related to shoulder problems than C spine. Currently, however, the spasms have returned, my AC joint is really painful, and feels somewhat weak---usually when the joint is inflammed.
I had a recent X-ray study which indicated increased anterior osteophytes (sp?) and posterior spurring at the C3-4 & C4-5 levels.
Do my symptoms sound like cervical difficulties at the C3-4 or C4-5 levels? What other treatments can I consider other than surgery if I continue to have weakness/pain in the shoulder? I really don't want to have another fusion and would like your suggestions.
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