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ljsunshine_elljsunshine_e Posts: 52
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Well I started working, I am now a Greeter at Walmart. It is the only job I can do that doesn't involve BTL. I missed 2 days a week ago. I had a really bad infection. Then I started having severe pain in my shoulder and neck that went down my arm. I was going to wait to see my pain management doctor but I could not. and its the weekend so my reg doctor was closed. Went to the emergency room. The doctor there told me I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder and I can not work for 2 day's now I might lose the only job I could find and the nerve blocker he prescribed makes me feel weird. I have no idea how he figured out pinched nerve (he is the doctor so I guess he knows what he is doing) He only looked at my arms checked me arm strength and all that good stuff. I still have no idea what might have caused it. I do not know why there is a pop and a grinding noise when I move my arm. He also told me to double up on my hydrocodone. I do not think my pain management doctor is going to like that. I am in so much pain and upset worried.
I was wondering if any one had any ideas what might have caused a pinched nerve in right shoulder?


  • Hi I'm a new member here and recently went through something similar I had nerve pain down my left arm all the way to a tingle in my figure tips from a pinched nerve in my neck they said it can happen so many ways everything from sleeping funny for a long time to sneezing hard or any old injury that has came back to haunt you you may have slipped a disc in your neck that is causing the pinched nerve I'm no doc but that is what happend to me best way to find out whats wrong is to get a good clear MRI and or xrays done and have a few diffrent spine specialists take a look it's your body you only have one the sooner you get on the problem the better the longer it goes without attention the more it can lead to problems and more severe pain I had several MRI and xrays and seen many specialists before we figured out what was wrong and it wasn't till I had surgery and had two disc replacments that we could see I also had an old fracture in my neck from a past bike crash I had got up and walked away from at the time I thought without a scratch so it could have been an injury that happened fast along time ago you mite not remember I would at least get a MRI done and get as many opinions as possible hope this helped a little
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878
    that your pain management doctor is not going to like the advice the ER doctor gave you to double up on your pain medications.

    Honestly, that sounded like a very very poor medical action. No matter what pain you are in, for a doctor to just tell you to double up on your medications is absurd.

    Diagnosing a pinched nerve can be done by skilled medical professionals. Clinical observations can indicate a pinched nerve. I've known and experience myself that with a pinched nerve, many doctors will let it sit for a while to see what happens. If there are no changes, than additional formal diagnostic tests can be done to isolate the pinched nerve. Sometime with rest a pinched nerve to calm down.

    How did you get it to start with? I think there are too many potential causes to even list here.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I have no idea what could have caused it. I have scoliosis and I thought that might have caused it. I see my Pain doctor in the morning so I will have more information then.
  • He thinks it does sound like a pinched nerve and that it might be due to the scoliosis. He agreed with me that I was not supposed to double up on my pain meds. He even went so far as to change the meds. NO more hydrocodone. He put me on oxycod/apap. I have to admit it works a little better. If the pain from my "pinched nerve" does not go away in two weeks we will try a epidural injection in my neck. After he gets a MRI of the area. I remembered what my neurosurgeon told me about narcotics he said that narcotics do not help very much with nerve pain. Feeling a little better in mind and body looking forward to going to work tomorrow.

    Thank You to both of you for all the input.
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