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neck/shoulder pain

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  • Posted By: fullhouse451
  • August 5, 2011
  • 05:12 AM

I was on vacation and constantly slept on my shoulder or side on our hard mattress. One day I woke with extreme shoulder and neck pain. My thumb is numb and I have pain right on the ball of my shoulder, the back of my shoulder near my underarm, and the top of my shoulder and neck area. My arm is week, my bisep hurts and all my muscles in my shoulder are in spasms. Because of the numbing my doctor took xrays of my neck. He thought it may be a pinched nerve. the xrays show no problems in my neck. Could I have hurt my shoulder instead by this pushing? they keep looking at my neck and coming up empty (mostly because of the numbing thing). I cannot convince them to xray my shoulder at all. It hurts all day long, both places..the back of my neck and the ball of my shoulder. The pain increases tremendously at night when I try to lay down. No matter if I try to lay down on my back or on either side. Tons of shoulder pain then! None of the anti inflammatory meds or pain killers are helping at all and I am still in tremendous pain.

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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. Your symptoms are classic for the neck. The shoulder is only aggravated because of the nerves. X-rays only show bone and will not show where the nerve is being pinched, only an MRI will. An x-ray of the shoulder is not necessary. Even without the MRI if your nerve symptoms are radiating down to the thumb then your C6 nerve is involved and this can make your shoulder also hurt. Things you should try to do to help your pain include using ice (NO HEAT!!) on your neck (not your upper trap). Apply it for 10 minutes, a minimum of 3 times a day. Watch your posture as most often postures/positions will aggravate your symptoms (expecially at the computer). Talk to your doctor about getting on some stronger anti-inflammatory. There are many kinds but based on your pain you need something potent......a Medrol dosepak might be what you need. Get to an orthopedic doctor. This is not a difficult case and it sounds like you need to find someone who has more experience with this. Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATChttp://www.joint-pain-solutions.com
    JTrempe 101 Replies
    • August 15, 2011
    • 05:13 AM
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  • Thank you so much! I did end up doing an mri which wasn't able to pinpoint anything. I have recently met a kinetic (?) chiropractor who is telling me it is due to the inflamation in my shoulder. He stated my bisep tendon was out of its grove or place and popped that back in and he thinks my shoulder blade muscles have adheared to my shoulder blade bone from some unknown old injury. I have felt better as he has continued to work and adjust me. I have terrible pain in my upper arm and around my rotator cuff and the back of my shoulder. He has found tender spots I didn't know exist. My ortho says this is all hogwash and wants to do nerve conduction tests next. Hi, I am a physical therapist. Your symptoms are classic for the neck. The shoulder is only aggravated because of the nerves. X-rays only show bone and will not show where the nerve is being pinched, only an MRI will. An x-ray of the shoulder is not necessary. Even without the MRI if your nerve symptoms are radiating down to the thumb then your C6 nerve is involved and this can make your shoulder also hurt. Things you should try to do to help your pain include using ice (NO HEAT!!) on your neck (not your upper trap). Apply it for 10 minutes, a minimum of 3 times a day. Watch your posture as most often postures/positions will aggravate your symptoms (expecially at the computer). Talk to your doctor about getting on some stronger anti-inflammatory. There are many kinds but based on your pain you need something potent......a Medrol dosepak might be what you need. Get to an orthopedic doctor. This is not a difficult case and it sounds like you need to find someone who has more experience with this. Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATChttp://www.joint-pain-solutions.com
    fullhouse451 1 Replies
    • August 15, 2011
    • 07:28 PM
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