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pain in right scapula area when i drop shoulders

23 year old male

following symptoms have been going on for a two years:

when i turn my head to the left: no pain, good range of motion.

when i turn my head to the right: tightness in right side, and poor range of motion.

when i tilt my head to the left: stiffness on right side of neck and poor range of motion.

i have constant headaches that start at the base of my head and work their way up and around to my eyes.

sometimes my neck "catches" when i'm looking or turning my head a specific way (pain come from right side of neck)


following symptoms have been going on for a month:

when i drop my shoulders and relax, i'm getting pain in the right scapula area


i have been through many doctors and tests; two neurologists who have tried to give me xanax and push me out the door. i've had multiple MRI's of the brain as well as the cervical neck. MRI's show bulging disks, but "doctor's" say that they aren't bad enough to be causing what i am experiencing. i am not going to see a spine specialist on the 4th of this month. i am going to ask for an EMG, but other than that, i don't know what else i can do to try and get to the bottom of this.

does anyone have an idea of what may be causing this? does anyone have recommendations as to how i can lead my doctor's to finding the cause of this pain? how should i act as a patient (i'm not going to go in the office crawling even though sometimes i feel like it). i don't feel right whining to get extra attention or to play up my pain. i wish the doctors would just believe me when i say that i'm in extreme pain.


  • A mri is a great tool so is a emg. Has any doctor suggested therapy ?? At your age therapy could improve your symptoms a lot if the cause is your herniated disks. Did you have a injury that led up to your pain?? As a patient going in there and telling or asking or demanding anything isn't best. Your doctors have been trained to treat these conditions. Tell him your story and how this is effecting you on a daily basis. Explain your previous attempts to resolve your problems have failed and your hoping he can suggest a new plan of action because you really need relief . Have you ever had a mri's on your shoulder??

    To help you feel better in the mean time try heat. Get a good pillow, try massage therapy, soak in a hot tub or hot bath.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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