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Possible pinched nerve?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 27, 2007
  • 07:36 PM

I'm new to the forum and just wanted to seek some advice. I went to see my doc a little over a week ago (March 19). At the time of my visit I mentioned to him that I had a "knot" in my back inside my left shoulder blade. It seemed muscular to me. He pressed on it very hard several times and popped it under his thumb. It hurt at the time but didn't last so I didn't think much of it. That evening at the gym I was trying to do a military press using a cable machine, and I noticed the weight seemed much heavier on the left side. I thought something was wrong with the machine so I moved to another only to realize I was doing most of the lifting with my right arm. The next morning I had trouble doing a push up. I couldn't follow through with my left arm. Also had a twitching sensation along the inside of my tricep and along the deltoid on the left side.

I decided to wait a couple of days to see if it got any better, and it did not. I called him and saw him again on Friday. He told me that it was not anything he did, but he suspected a pinched nerve in my neck and prescribed a steroid (Prednisone) to relive inflamation. He said if that didn't work I would need to go for a MRI and possible steroid injections. It did not get any better and now I have an appointment for an MRI on Thursday.

My question is should I follow through with this MRI (very expensive)? Several people have told me it seems my doc is jumping the gun. Should I give it a little more time? I have not had any pain until this morning. I have a pain in my left arm from my shoulder down to my elbow along the tricep.

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  • Yes get the MRI. I have been thru the mill for the last year with shoulder pain. Mine turned out be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. My right arm has been numb for 1 year (to touch ) . Also deep pain in shoulder and arm, esp my pinky & ring fingers.
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  • The twitching sensation is called a fasciculation and it is a symptom of muscle weakness and/or of your general troubles. Shoulders are the most complex joint and set of muscles in the whole body. STOP any part of your workouts that use that arm and maybe even neck so you do not hurt yourself any further. I speak from 9 years of chronic shoulder pain. Get the MRI now. The only thing to wait on is an EMG -- 3 weeks from date of injury. I only wish they had listened enough to do an MRI on me when I first complained of shoulder pain, count yourself lucky enough to be getting good medical care and use it. The cost of an MRI is nothing compared to the cost of it affecting work.
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