Hi! Im a healthy 27 year old female, and since October I have had terrible pain in my neck, shoulder on the right side. When this whole ordeal started I also had numbness in my last two digits in my right hand. From what I can remember this injury either happened after lifting a box while in the process of moving or during work (I am a labor and delivery nurse). I do recall having a sticking sensation in my shoulder the first few days after the initial onset of the pain.
At first the physician thought it was just a muscle strain and put me on muscle relaxants and told me to come back a week later. After the week went by and there was not change i went back to the doctor who now thought that I had a pinched nerve and sent me for an EMG as well as recommended that I start seeing a physiotherapist which I did. The EMG came back negative but the neurologist said he thought that there was a pinched nerve somewhere. the neurologist also switched me to Lyrica at that time which i have been taking since and I am now on 150mg twice daily.
I have been going to a physiotherapist twice a week since the end of October and still have terrible pain in my neck and shoulder. I have had a cervical MRI which came back negative as well as a shoulder x-ray which showed nothing. I am awaiting a shoulder MRI which I will have in Feb.
I saw an Orthopedic surgeon yesterday and he told me in his medical opinion that it is not a shoulder problem and that I should disregard anything that may show on the MRI. He also recommended I go to nuclear medicine to get a bone scan. He also said that I may never find the cause of my pain and that I should just learn to live with it.
Does anybody have any recommendations as to what it could be or what I could do as all the doctors I have seen don't seen to have any answers.