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Pain worsening

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Chronic Pain
I've always had left side pain, from my head to my arm...but now I'm worried. The right side of my body is usually pain free, but now my right shoulder is hurting and that's exactly how my left side started.

My job doesn't help, working at a desk but I don't have much of a choice.


  • you dont give me much to work with my friend !
    if you could give me you past medical history and the test and drugs and probable cause of your problem maybe myself and others could offer some advice good luck
  • What type of pain are you having in your right shoulder? Is it nerve pain, and is it radiating from your neck?
  • Desk jobs, especially with computer use, are a well known cause of intense muscular pain.
    The mouse is the worst, as you tend to grip it all of the time, so the arm muscles are always tensed.
    Then the shoulders and neck get sore, then the headaches start.
    Posture is also a factor as you sit hunched over the desk or screen.
    You need to do 2 things if it is this:
    Remedial massage initially,to ease the tight and sore muscles. Muscle relaxants may help, taken at night.
    Then a lifelong program of light stretches and exercises most days for about 30 minutes. You have to look after your muscles as they are under a lot of strain from your work.
    Stand up every 20 minutes at work and loosen up the shoulders, walk a bit. This will give the muscles a bit of a break.
    The long term result, if you don't take preventive action, will be an inability to work at a desk or computer.
    That is what happened to me. I worked through the pain for too many years, now I'm a mess from it.

  • Sorry to hear that things are getting worse. Have you had your appointment with the specialist yet? Hope you find some relief...
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Sorry about the lack of information, unfortunately exact test results are with my doctor so I can't post them.

    This started over 2 years ago after my knees went (Chrondomalacia/Patella Femoral Syndrome) and began as a snap/pop sound in my left shoulder. After that the muscles in my shoulder got tighter and tighter and my shoulder began popping and grinding.

    1st Doctor said "Bursitis" gave me multiple steroid injections that did nothing. 2nd Doctor said it was something with the Trapeszius(sp) muscle, no fix recommended. Then it got worse, I got numbness/tingling down my back into my shoulder blade, up into my face and head and down my arm to the thumb/forefinger.

    I had 2 MRI's within a year of each other and the 2nd showed signs of Degenerative Disc Disease and a narrowing of C6-C7. The doctor said it wasn't bad enough for surgery and told me good luck. Another doctor seen for a second opinion said the same, basically "too bad". I had an EMG as well and was told it looked normal, and a Myleogram that supposedly looked okay as well. Not sure how, but that's what I was told.

    Now over the last year my pain has gotten worse in everything I described, including pain from my left hip to my buttocks to my big toe, very similar to my arm pain. Also, my right shoulder is getting tighter and the shoulder blade is becoming numb/tingly. It's progressing exactly as my left side did.

    So with all this, a Cervical problem seems likely. I'm having another EMG done but I'm afraid they'll tell me nothing is wrong again as I've been told before. I refuse to ever do another Myleogram as it was horrendously painful. I need an answer, and if I'm told nothing's wrong I might snap.

    I'm currently on 30mg MS-Contin 3xdaily, 5mg Oxycodone for BT pain, I take vitamins and Glucosamine Chondrotin and have tried Physical therapy a dozen times with no help.
  • I can feel your pain and frustration. If you have already had a CT myleogram done and EMG. I would do anotherr EMG with a DR that only does EMG's, huge chance the test was incorrect. I have results from 4 different Dr.s EMG and each is so different.

    If you do not want another myleogram done than see if a CT and MRI would work. I refused another one due to having chronic headaches for 6 months after one. I also would research on carpel tunnel and ulnar nerve.

    Have you done any tests for SI joint dysfunction if you have issues in your SI and they are inflamed it takes several months for that pain to go away.

    Your problem could be something like a vitamins D deficiency where you breaking down way way more tissue and cartilage then your body can reproduce. And hurting the nerves.

    Looking at your meds you might also consider using other meds like a antiflammitry (nsaids), and a nerve med like neurotin or lyrica, muscle relaxers like xanaflex that is designed for spinal cord patients. If you only take pain meds your just masking and producing more pain fibers and produce more pain.

    Good luck and i hope you find the answers that you are looking for.
  • My massage lady told me today that pain like yours, down the arm, can come from a nerve in the neck being nipped, or a tight tricep muscle.
  • This is a quote from a site called Safe Computing Tips:

    Computers are blessings for mankind for their effectiveness in making our life faster, simpler and smarter.

    But, they have been nuisances for those who have suffered severe problems due to regular use of computers specially their backs or spinal problems.

    Now the question is – does that mean we should avoid use of computers to save our spines?

    Absolutely not! It is not necessary to avoid them, only what is required is to use them in proper manner and follow some strict guidelines to keep the spinal problems caused by regular computer use at bay. Computers cause not only wrist injuries but spinal injuries too.

    Carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury etc are some of the common problems that are suffered by people, students and children who sits in front of computers and laptops for more than five-six hours a day. But these problems are not so lethal like the spinal problems that are caused by regular computer use.

    A recent study found that improper posture of sitting in front of computers may lead to spinal problems like spondylitis, herniated disc or disc rupture. These are very severe problems which worsen day by day and at some point they make you completely immovable.

    The neck and shoulder pain is a common spinal problem of computer users. This disorder is usually multidimensional, occupational, and personal too. Sedentary work at computers in improper posture of your body leads to spinal problems.

    The bending of your back at irregular positions for long hours tends to hurt your spine. The spine is a long vertebra that runs from the neck to the lumbar region of your back.

    Rigorous computer use without any sort of ergonomics and bending back mostly affect the middle and the upper spine. The following are few spinal problems caused by regular use of computers:

    Neck and Shoulder Pain: Early symptoms are problems in moving your neck normally towards left or right; raising your shoulder above a particular point and pain and numbness in these areas. The other symptoms are – shooting pain, tingling, swelling and muscle spasms.

    The onset of such symptoms may occur when feeling particularly pressured or stressed. Sometimes the pain also triggers head ache and there will be mid back pain.

    Herniated Disc: This is a very major spinal problem which may occur due to repetitive injury to the spinal cord. Sitting bent or in improper position for long hours everyday may slowly injure one or two discs of the spine.

    They eventually press each other which cause lot of pain on the back. The nerves that pass through the spinal cord are pressed that leads to unbearable pain and swelling.

    Thus you see how poor posture of sitting in front of computers, keyboard usage and working too long without breaks can cause severe spinal injuries.
  • i kinda of know how that feels as i have thoracic outlet syndrome {have you been checked for this} because some of the things that you have mentioned sound very similar and us men tend to get it more than women talk to you doctor about going up the pain ladder with your oxycontin ..you can go to 400mg with you doctors approval {higher with hospital supervision}.and you only take a smallish amount
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