I am totally frustrated. My right shoulder has been bothering me on and off for two years. I began working out and lifting weights at the beginning of the year and my shouder flared up again. Long story short, I have graduated to neck and back pain along with my shoulder pain. Orthopedic put me on PT regimen- have gone 31 times since September. 3 MRI's later and still no diagnosis. At first doc said impingement syndrome. PT helped a little, but I still go thru cycles of feeling better (and sleeping:) ) and then feeling really bad. It wakes me up at night. I also have a tingly feeling down to my elbow that feels like when your arm falls asleep. My pain is worse with inactivity- like when I am sitting or laying down. Doc mentioned Fibromyalgia, but I have NONE of the symptoms besides pain. I do have trigger points that feel like knots, but the PT worked those out. Doc said nothing more about impingement, but just that my range of motion was better and surgery was not an option. My pain seemed worse with ultrasound Tx, but better with e-stim. I have been on a constant dose of ibuprofen, skelaxin and now vicodin. I don't really get relief from any of them, but the muscle relaxant makes me sleepy enough to get about four hours and the vicodin makes me not care about the pain. Now I have developed severe wrist pain. It hurts to bend it in either direction. Actually, I can't bend it all the way like I can on my left wrist. Was at the doc today. Surprise surprise, the x-ray was clear but she did oder an MRI. (#5!!!) I have no idea if my wrist pain is related to my shoulder pain, but it is the same side. I am a teacher and it is killing me- even to sign my name to a hall pass. I have spent thousands of dollars in the past three months and still, no one can tell me what is wrong. Does anyone have any ideas or a similar story? I feel like no one believes me. I would like to try another pain killer to help me sleep b/c the vicodin gets me all hopped up and my mind racing, but I dont' want my docs to write me off like I am just trying to get pain meds. I really just want to know what is wrong.
Can anyone help?:confused:
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