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bad shoulder pain/inflammation for 2 years NO relief!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 13, 2007
  • 04:43 PM

Hello, I have been dealing with shoulder pain for 2 years now and i just cant take it anymore.

The pain is in the corner of my right shoulder blade, I feel burning all over my shoulder, and in my neck. my neck is tender. my right hand is weak. I often feel pain radiating down my arm, elbox and hand. i constantly have small muscle spasms on the right side of my shoulder/ blade.

i have been to an MD, an orthopedic surgeon, a massuse and a chiropractor. no one seems to be able to commit to what they think my condition is, and how i can relieve it. most of the time they dont give an answer.

i dont sleep well, it affects my moods and concentration. I dont want to go out and see my friends, i feel miserable and no one can seem to help. They think giving me a so called pain killer will help, it just masks the pain it doesnt get rid of it.

i constantly ice myself to try to find some kind of relief...a distraction really.

I have had MRI and X-Ray done, but they have found nothing. I have had cortisone injections 3 times, and no relief. i dont hae health insurance anymor, so i have been taking alieve and doans to help with the pain and inflammation, but it doesn't help much. my pain feels a 7-9 all the time.

Has anyone had anything similar? do you have any advice or ideas as what this is and how i may be able to get some relief?
Thankyou so much!

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  • i am in the same boat as you, pain pain pain and no relief and no answers or solutions to my pain. no one can give me any hope. my mri showed a lil bit of degeneration in my spine but they could not tell me for sure if that was causing my pain. i am hopeless after 2yrs
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2007
    • 06:16 AM
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  • Try a pain clinic. Get your test records sent there.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 21, 2007
    • 11:04 AM
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  • It sounds like this might be a entrapped nerve or something like this. If it were a trapped nerve, however, I think that chiropractory might have helped a bit. Have you engaged in physical therapy or anything like this? Are you an athlete, or an active individual? If an MRI found no obvious damage (like a rotator cuff tear, bursitis, etc.), then I think that you might attempt to engage the pain. Begin a full-body workout routine that includes cardio, stretching, and strength training. If you are new to this type of stuff, then start slowly, with walking as your primary exercise. Read books on strength training, stretching, and fitness. 2-3 times/week strength training, cardio for 30-40 minutes 4x/week, stretching for 30 minutes 5-6 times/week, with shoulder-specific strengthening exercises at the end of your strength training sessions. I would also recommend that you begin to engage in formal meditation practice, as this could strengthen your ability to focus and do the things in your life necessary for you to be happy. This pain sounds like it is a combination of mental and physical trauma, and I believe that the best approach is to thoughtfully and patiently engage the pain and attempt to understand it.I am sorry to hear that you are in such a continuous pain. I was too, with my shoulder, for about six months. But as I began to worry it less, and I was able to leave the really bad job situation that I was in, the shoulder pain began to relieve itself. I still need to ice my shoulder after workouts, and I can still feel that my inflammation response is hyper-sensitive. But take it slow, but be steady, and I would think that in three months you could experience significant reductions in pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 06:06 PM
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  • I know how you feel! I have been dealing with severe shoulder, arm and wrist pain now for 6 years with no relief in sight. My left hand is numb most of the time and continuously loses strenghth. Now the area between my neck and shoulder is numb as well. The pain has been off and on over the last 6 years but for the last 4 months been constant. I have had 4 EMG studies, 2 wrist MRIs, a brain, neck and shoulder MRI, x-rays, etc. and all have come back normal. I have seen a regular medical doctor, an upper extremity specialist, chiropractors and a neurosurgeon. None have been able to give me answers. I am to the point where I can't sleep through the night, i constantly take ibuprofin and I hurt all the time. Sometimes I feel like I'm crazy because it hurts so bad and no one can tell me what's wrong. I'm having trouble concentrating and I'm not getting headaches. I would love if someone could give me an answer as to what is wrong with me.I wish you the best of luck in trying to find out what is wrong!
    beth4154 1 Replies
    • December 8, 2007
    • 03:23 AM
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  • Can you tell me what bone it is? The upper arm, the collar bone or the scapula (the wings in back)...(the three parts of the shoulder). Has anyone ever done a nerve block? Go to a pain clinic, see if they have any plans for people with no insurance. Or bite the bullet and pay out-of-pocket. I assume you've had xrays? Whatever happens, keep up with mild exercise so you don't get frozen shoulder syndrome.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • December 13, 2007
    • 00:58 PM
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  • try a half dozen acupuncture treatments..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 13, 2007
    • 06:51 PM
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  • Acupuncture often helps where other modalities have failed. I agree - please try it. What do you do for work? Are you constantly using your shoulders or neck? Does your pain increase with exercise, or does stretching help or harm? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 13, 2007
    • 10:11 PM
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  • Are you male or female? I've got the same shoulder symptoms as that..right shoulder pain..radiates down my arm, to my hand.. I found this article on diaphragmatic endometriosis.. I guess it causes right shoulder pain. I think I might have that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2008
    • 00:01 AM
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  • Have you had nerve conduction tests done? Sounds like a nerve problem if your hand is going numb
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2009
    • 08:23 PM
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  • I have had pain in my upper back and for the past two months burning pain in my shoulders alternating from one to the next. The pain has been so bad that it has been dibilitating! I saw two doctors that both suggested it could be Polymialgia Rhumatica. They did a sed rate and it showed very minimal inflamation and put me on predisone. You should definately get your blood checked for that. GOOD LUCK!Hello, I have been dealing with shoulder pain for 2 years now and i just cant take it anymore.The pain is in the corner of my right shoulder blade, I feel burning all over my shoulder, and in my neck. my neck is tender. my right hand is weak. I often feel pain radiating down my arm, elbox and hand. i constantly have small muscle spasms on the right side of my shoulder/ blade.i have been to an MD, an orthopedic surgeon, a massuse and a chiropractor. no one seems to be able to commit to what they think my condition is, and how i can relieve it. most of the time they dont give an answer.i dont sleep well, it affects my moods and concentration. I dont want to go out and see my friends, i feel miserable and no one can seem to help. They think giving me a so called pain killer will help, it just masks the pain it doesnt get rid of it.i constantly ice myself to try to find some kind of relief...a distraction really. I have had MRI and X-Ray done, but they have found nothing. I have had cortisone injections 3 times, and no relief. i dont hae health insurance anymor, so i have been taking alieve and doans to help with the pain and inflammation, but it doesn't help much. my pain feels a 7-9 all the time.Has anyone had anything similar? do you have any advice or ideas as what this is and how i may be able to get some relief? Thankyou so much!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had pain in my upper back and for the past two months burning pain in my shoulders alternating from one to the next. The pain has been so bad that it has been dibilitating! I saw two doctors that both suggested it could be Polymialgia Rhumatica. They did a sed rate and it showed very minimal inflamation and put me on predisone. You should definately get your blood checked for that. GOOD LUCK!Hi Guys having shoulder pain but I have someone working with me now with manupulation of the nerves,muscles in the shoulder,back and neck.. if your shoulder is bothering you it doesent mean exactly that the problem is right there,it can be in your back or neck.. in like 2 procedures that i had i am beggining to feel some relief.. most of the doctors here in America wont try to Cure you,all youl be doing is going around from Doc to Doc and youll be lucky to get some hands on treatment. if You have any questions email me at mikhail_2005@hotmail.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2010
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  • I have had two surgeries this year on my shoulder i'm still having pain.I tried therapy it's not helping me either.i'm constanly taking pain pills to numb the pain,bit once it wear off the pain is still thereI don't know anymore what's going on with my shoulder.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2010
    • 06:18 AM
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  • hi guys, wow it sounds like alot of people have this problem. i have this problem with my both shoulders over 1 year now nothing and no doctors can help. i just hope one day we all get our answers to this big question.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have been in severe pain since 2 months after my son was born in Feb 2013. I have been to so many different doctors,had my heart,lungs,& blood checked,nothing except high levels of inflammation in my blood. So I finally went to an orthopedic dr in January this year 2014 and got an MRI of my spine & they say its a bulging disc...which I believed and felt relieved to know what it was. I tried physical therapy,pain pills,and got 4 steroid injections in my neck. I am in pain right now still!
    Anonymous 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • This might soind stupid but try drinking a lot of water. Dehydration can cause pinched nerves and pain all over your body. Try making a schedule for 2 weeks and see if that helps.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 14, 2014
    • 07:22 PM
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