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Cervical Radiculopathy appears to be getting worse

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  • Posted By: ChronicNate
  • June 6, 2009
  • 04:49 AM

Hello everyone, I'm new here as you can probably tell. I have a nice laundry list of medical issues, but I'll focus on the worst for now.

About 2 years ago I was leaning to reach for something on my left arm and heard a pop/snap from my left shoulder. After that the muscles in the shoulder got tighter and tighter over time. I worked out then, and when trying to do bench presses my shoulder actually gave out and I dropped the weight on myself.

I saw numerous doctors, some said "Subacromical Bursitis" to an issue with the Trap muscle. I saw a neurologist and after 2 MRI's spaced over a year it said that I had signs of Degenerative Disc disease, with a narrowing at C6-C7. My pain at this point was from my head, to my shoulder blade, down my arm at the forefinger/thumb. Numbness/tingling/burning/shooting pains were all part of it.

I eventually went into pain management for this and numerous other problems like my knees and was put on opiates so I could actually function. Recently my pain got worse and I noticed it more after a medication change, and now my right shoulder is getting tight just like my left began to hurt. I'm having another EMG done as a prerequisite to seeing a Neurosurgeon/new MRI, but I'm worried as the last one didn't indicate a problem.

My question is, when this started I began getting clicking/popping joints or muscles in my shoulder, elbow and hands. I also have this in my knees and ankles. I'm wondering if it's related or entirely seperate, but I have been checked for arthritis and they said I didn't have it. If my new EMG doesn't show a problem....I don't know what to do, as my pain has become even more unbearable than it ever was.

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