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Sore shoulder, numb arm, unbearable pain

OvergronOOvergron Posts: 1
edited 09/15/2013 - 6:43 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi... I was looking up information on what could be causing my horrible shoulder pain and found these forums so I hope you guys can help me figure this out :(

I've had this pain for about 2 weeks now. It started by mild pain in my right shoulder. I had an appointment with my acupuncturist and she worked on my shoulder by putting a few needles in there. I don't know if it has anything to do with it, but one needle really hurt and I was left with a blueish bruise near my arm pit where the needle was. The bruise went away after a few days. The pain has been worse since then.

Basically, my shoulder hurts a lot and earlier this week it had gone down to my upper arm and my forearm. My whole arm is numb, all the way to my fingertips.

I put ice a few times a day but it doesn't make it go away, it only numbs the pain for a bit. During the day, since I move, the pain isn't quite as bad as during the night. Since I'm mostly immobile, when I move, I literally want to cut my arm off, it is sooooo painful! The pain is unbearable in the morning when I get up but it gets better during the day.

I'm a head cashier at a grocery store and I work close to 40 hours a week. I don't stay at a register the whole time but I do work at the registers about 2-3 hours a day. I use my right arm a lot.

When I move my arm a certain way, my shoulder locks or something and if I move it a bit more I can hear and feel this 'POP' in my shoulder :/ My left shoulder is perfectly fine and doesn't hurt or pop like that.

I haven't been to the doctor's because I live somewhere where we have free healthcare and going to the clinic means waiting minimum 2-3 hours before getting to talk to a doctor. I would like to avoid that. Also because I don't just want to waste 2-3 hours of my day just to be told "put ice on it and take pain killers, it'll go away"...

Do you guys have any advice or ideas about what this could be? :(


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 09/15/2013 - 7:12 AM
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  • It is possible that you have an impingement in either your shoulder or your neck. The only way to find that out is for you to see a doctor and let them examine you. Unfortunately we aren't doctors and can't offer a diagnosis over the internet....
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