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Pain from shoulder to shoulder

About a month ago, I woke up to my left arm being numb. Since then, I've had numbness in different parts of my body. Arms, legs, face. The numbness comes and goes and sometimes it feels like it is burning. My back also hurts between my two shoulder blades. I don't know if it's my spine or my muscles that hurt since it goes completely across the top of my back. Other symptoms I've had is dizziness and naseau. I'm being refered to a neurologist for an EMG, but I'm completely freaked out about this test. I think they should do an MRI before subjecting me to a EMG. None of the doctors seems to know what's going on but I need answers!!


  • It is a process to get a diagnosis, especially when you have a varying amount of synptoms. Work with your doctor and be as honest as you can. If this is some sort of spinal injury, your doc may order some images. Keep your mind open to the things he/she prescribes. Sometimes PT can be enough to set the balance right again and other times, something more drastic is needed. For some of us on here, a correct diagnosis has taken years. You are your own expert and best advocate. Seek second opinions, be informed, keep a pain journal etc. You will play a huge role in your journey.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • It really sounds like your Dr has sent you for the right test. I've had an EMG - it's not subjecting you - it doesn't hurt and he/she can rule out certain things before he/she can diagnose you. Look up EMG on Web.MD. It explains the test to you. It should be able to tell if your numbness is related to your nerves and if it is which of the nerves are involved.

    I have had a lot of MRI's and they didn't pick up the cause of my pain. The EMG did rule out some causes. It is a process and it really sounds like this person knows what he/she is doing looking at your symptoms - I'm not a Dr but have learnt a lot.
    Trust him and work with him/her.
  • I had to call my dr and ask them to refer me to a neurologist. I haven't had a chance to talk to them, only to be sent for this test. I've had an MRI of my brain and nothing showed there. After that, the dr didn't want to see me. I've been the one asking for more tests.
  • I was 8 years without correct diagnosis. I went to so many specialists eventually a sports physio worked out what had happened. Unfortunately I ended up doing so much research myself. If it is spine related have a look at the dematone chart on this site. It tells you which part of the spine radiates to which level so gives you an idea what might be wrong.

    I am just glad someone looked outside the box and was bright enough to work it out, which in hindsight makes common sense.
    I think I could have worked it out if I went from the start - realised I had taken all the pressure on my right so of course it was crushed to the right. Simple but no-one bothered to say anything or even tried to work it out.

    Maybe do a mindmap of when your numbness started, what parts of you body it has effected, if you did anything just before this happened, what makes it better, what makes it worse and any other relevant stuff and try and work out what it could be.

    No-one knows your body like you. Try a sports physio who feels your neck and spine and should be able to see whether it is mechanical problem. It could be restricted nerves. I know it's a pain but I honestly had to do my own research. If you are going numb there is something not right but it could be so many things.

    Seems like no-one can think outside the box. Dr's have so many patients. I'm lucky I had mine before and after my accident. But he said he could never have worked it out.
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