Originally Posted by Dubious
Well, until you have a definative diagnosis....yes, it could be anything still! But for you to have symptoms into your forearm and hand as you previously mentioned and for it to come from your neck (pinched nerve), it would have to be a lower root problem; C6, C7, C8 which would involve a disc issue or some type of compressive radiculopathy (nerve root) problem anywhere from vertebral levels C5 thru C7, possibly T1. Really, when there are multiple areas involved like yours (not uncommon after shoulder arthroscopy, for example) then the brachial plexus becomes suspicious. Stretch injury or even direct surgical trauma are a consideration. And you mentioned burning pain or something to that effect, I really think you should ask the neurologist if complex regional pain syndrome could be a possibility. It can start after cervical spine surgery as well.
I've read about crps, I'm not sure i have any of the symptoms besides the burning pain, and most ppl I've talked to exp that after acdf. What other symptoms should i have if rsd/ crps is a possibility? I don't have swelling. My shoulder is a little red, face is flushed, but I think those are due to the cortisone shot. Im having a mri on my upper arm wednesday because he wants to look at the brachial plexus. im also scheduled to have more nerve test, but i dont think i can do that again. Your thoughts on this is appreciated.