Neck and shoulder pain radiating down arm

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10 minutes later now, the muscle around my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> is on fire <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> is now <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> down my upper <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span>. I have an ice pack on my upper <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> and it is helping but I can barely type this right now as my arm hardly wants to move. my shoulder wont hold it. This is awful! It was not a traumatic injury, more of an awkward strain pull thing... what do I do?!
Several days ago I noticed aching in my neck while sitting at my desk at work and now 2 days later I'm having constant aching , burning , numbing, sensations on the left side of my neck, radiating down my shoulder, arm and hand > I'm afraid I may have developed another bad disc .(I've already had two cevical disc surgery's in 2004) and the symtoms seems to be the same .
Please define me what is this and which Dr should i preffer neuro or ortho first i had a stiffness in my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> then the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> to my right <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> now its almost 1 month now. severe neck and shoulder pain.When I am looking down my right arm nerves are like bubbling up i can feel outside also this. my shoulder is the most painful are its like cuttingdown. Can u tell me the reason for this and suggest a treatment for this.thanks.
My name is LISA and I am a 40-year-old woman with pain concentrated in my left shoulder <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> to my upper <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> armpit area. I also have numbness <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> tingling traveling down my left arm to my little finger. This pain and numbness intensifies on movement of the shoulder such as lifting my arm across my body, sitting, sleeping and moving It also is very uncomfortable to sleep at night. I can not lie on my left side as it causes increased pain and numbness to the arm.
to Haleys Mom, Probably precipitated by the above mentioned resultant atrophy, my shoulder area is extremely sensative to muscle imbalance/strain. I have suffered with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> blade/armpit <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> for about 10 years, off and on. Although I do have cervical disk fusion and other neck issues, I was told that what was causing my arm pain are trigger points in the shoulder blade area, particularly in that under the arm area of the shoulder blade.
Have you tried a Homeopathic Chiropractor? It would be worth a visit because it sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your neck. First thing my chiropractor tells me to do is put ice on it. Do it at least 2x a day to begin. Then I would also recommend a wintergreen type of deep lotion rub to help those muscles relax. I have one that is great but you will need to PM me for the info or contact me at my gmail. Good luck!
The worse these got (bigger and painful upon touch) the worse my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> - sometimes one <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> was visibly higher than the other and my shoulders rounded as they tried to self-manage the problem. pain from a trigger point is usually always referred to somewhere else in the body along nerve pathways, this is called referred pain. Most people think if they have a numb hand or shoulder the problem is in the hand or shoulder, this is rarely the case.
I've been having alot of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span>, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>. My doctor ordered an MRI <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> the report showed bulging annulus c6-c7 but no focal disc protrusions, mild posterior lateral spurring on the right at c5-c6 with a slight thecal sac encroachment. What does this mean? Will this get better on it's own? I have severe pain that travels down my left arm so bad I can't even use my arm. It's worse when I first get out of bed in the mornings. Is this going to require surgery?
Over the next couple of months things have got really bad, with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> down left <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span>, feeling rock hard as if muscles in spasm. Its got to the point where I have limited movement, I can't fasten my bra strap, I can't raise my arm too high up. I took myself to an osteopath who manipulated me and did a little massage but after 6 sessions at £35 I didn't really notice a difference so popped to gp who referred me for a scan.
I sometimes experience <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> to my left breast <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> tingling <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in my thumb. I don't know if taking vitamin B12 and using ice and cold patches will be good for you but they certainly help me. Maybe you can ask your doctor before trying. I hope and pray for your fast recovery.
I have dizziness, lightheadedness, headaches front and back - they get bad, clear watery running from my nose at itmes when I bend over or lean over that is not snot, severe neck pain, upper back pain runs into my arm, lower back pain and leg pain, chronic sinus problems, back of my head is so sore underneath - inside - and on top - the outside - to the touch, nausea only with the headaches <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> severe <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>, I get <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in my faice <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> right eyeball, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> have been getting numbness <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> tingling i
I never had any <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>, it was all in my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span>. After having a MRI of my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> my neuroligist told me I had herniated disks at C5-C7. I had a cervical fusion in Nov 2006, which was a big mistake. I am in more pain now than I was before I had surgery six months ago. Be sure to get a second and even a third opinion before you let them do any surgery. Good luck.
I have had constant <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in my left <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> down <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> into my thumb <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> next two fingers. This feeling is like a throbbing sensation, really deep dull pain then into pins and needle in the fingers. I am taking Mobic in the morning and Codalgin every 4 hrs to relieve the pain. It is significantly worse at night while I am try to sleep. I have had it for 2 months. Chiropractic treatment worked for a while (entrapped nerves in the scalene muscle).
Around 6 months ago I began experiencing migrating burning, aching, and shooting down the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> now I can't lift my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> above my head or put behind back. Also experience neck pain and under the arm pain. I've experienced chronic upper back pain for 12 years but this arm pain and the returning neck pain that I had gotten rid of years of ago after fusion has reared its ugly head. I had an emg which turned out normal.
The "sternocleidomastoid muscles" are most likely those which are giving you radiating pain from ear down to neck/shoulder/arm(Google for picture of this muscle if unfamiliar with its location). There are two of these muscles in the superficial layers of the anterior (front) portion of the neck that make the shape of a “V”, and they are primarily helpful in rotation, flexing and extension of the head.
I did notice that before it started I was having a stiff <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span>. It hurt my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> to lie down or for that matter even to breath. Good luck . I alos used a heating pad which seemed to help a little. I noticed though the last few weeks I have been having alot of muscle spasms in my neck again and I feel like my shoulder is starting to do the same thing again but only this time on my right.
for the last several months i have been having severe pain in my shoulder, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> down my arms <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> to my hands. there is numbness, weakness <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> loss of <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>arm</span> movement as well . last week i discovered two tumors on the back of my neck and another tumor on my arm between the elbow and houlder closer to the shoulder. are these tumors causing the pain or could it be something else. yesterday i bought a product called 'stop the pain' and it seems to help quite a bit.
An xray of your shoulder is useless unless you fractured or broke it. I say it is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>radiating</span> from your <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> that is aggravating your <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>shoulder</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'><span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span></span> I ain't no doctor. LOL Gettting a bath by your daughter and husband must have made you feel like an old lady! But I understand. My son has had to hold me up while walking to the bathroom numerous times. My doctor told me Friday that he cannot guarantee I will be back in school in August.