I have had pain in my left shoulder for a little over a week now... on the top, back into the shoulder blade, sometimes down into my elbow, etc.
If hold my arms straight above my head the left arm/shoulder starts to feel pressure after a little while and I need to bring it down. If I sit on a chair and let my shoulders hang down completely it feels as if there is a small weight sitting on top of my left shoulder... thus I am constantly resting my left arm on the elbow of my chair/sofa.
I still have fairly good range of motion in my arm, but the pain is pretty constant throughout the day. It is somewhat relieved by Ibuprofen and various creams/etc., but never completely and not usually for very long.
Everything is pretty tender... if I push on the left shoulder blade area, for example, it is rather painful... yet it feels somewhat nice to do so.
I have never experienced a rotator cuff tear/injury, so I don't know if that's what this is.
If it is, what should I do to begin healing? Just limit its use as much as possible? Begin stretching?
I would go to the doctor, but I am stuck in Japan for a while longer and every time I have visited a doctor around here for other things they have been useless in diagnosing/helping my problems.
P.S. I am a 26-year-old guy, 5'11", 165.