Ill cut right to the chase.
Ive been having left sided upper back/shoulder/neck and occasionally arm and hand pain for a year now. I have a known C6-7 herniation a few years ago, but most of my symptoms don't seem consistent with this herniation, and most of the medical people i have seen have said its probably Myofascial. The pain is neither consistent and tends to move around, but Im still a bit concerned that it may be somehow nerve related.
I generally have bad posture, especially at the computer, leaning forward onto my left arm a lot.
My GP prescribed Pregabalin, which i don't really like and take a tiny dose of 25 mg x 2 per day so Im not sure how effective it is. I recently started taking something called Loxoprofen (NSAID) prescribed to me in Thailand and it seems to stop the pain about 80%. Xanax also has a similar reduction on the pain.
The question is this: If it was nerve pain, why do the NSAIDs and benzos seem to be so effective. I was under the impression that NSAIDs arent generally seen as effective for nerve pain.
I also occasionally get a slight numbness and tingling in my fingers, but not constant( a day to a few days usually). My amateur conclusion is that the NSAID is reducing inflammation and stopping muscle(s) from pressing on a nerve somewhere. Getting an actual Professional diagnosis is nigh on impossible for some reason.
Anyone have any ideas on this? Any advice/insight is much appreciated.