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Chronic Shoulder pain

Hi all!

I am a 28 year old male, active lifestyle somewhat overweight and an ex smoker (2yrs).

I have been an absolute mess for the last 6 months!

After one week of my appendix surgery I woke up from bed one night to an electric shock tingling feeling running down from my left shoulder to my left arm and immediately thought I was having a heart attack. I produced myself immediately to ER who did an ECG and some bloodwork and brushed me off saying it was normal and it could've been a panic attack. Two days prior to this my eyes were very dry, to date they are still dry.

I couldn't believe that this was a panic attack so I decided to investigate further, I asked to see a cardiologist and I saw one pretty quickly. As far the pains they seemed chronic all day everyday. Left shoulder, arm, forearm, fingers. Would alternate from pain to burning pain. The cardiologist did an ECG, stress test, Echo and holter monitor to which it all came back as normal.

The doctor then suggested a cervical MRI which concluded with c3/c4, c4,c5 mild endplate spurring. Otherwise normal.
I then saw a spine specialist who did some tests for Sjögren's syndrome which came back negative and suggested that I had a stiff thoracic spine.

I was then referred to a neurologist who did some tests by placing a tape around my finger then wrist and sending some shocks who also said it was normal. Then told me I was stressing and that I needed to go on antidepressants. Which I took up and to my relief the pain was still there. Which I quit because it was doing me no good.

I then saw a sports and exercise medicine physician who said I had postural syndrome.

I saw a PT who said I had T4 syndrome. By this point the pain is exactly the same now on the right side. However, it's very rare that they are both in pain at the same time.

I don't generally wake up with the pain. I have to admit that the pain starts after me sitting for prolonged periods or walking.
The pain doesn't subside when I ly down. Doesn't get worse by exerting myself.
I also noticed then when I put my head down I get sharp pains on my right chest.

I am sick and tired of looking up symptoms online for answers.

Can anyone relate?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,837
    edited 04/22/2015 - 3:25 AM
    but it seems like everyone you have been to, has not identified any real major problem. Based on the diagnostic tests that you have had and clinical examinations, I am not sure what any of those medical doctors can do for you.

    I dont think looking online is going to give you any more information.

    I would just go back to your starting point with the Primary Care Physician. They will know all the tests you have had and exams by other doctors. Ask them, what options are available to you right now...
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I can definitely relate!!
    I had this pain going from my shoulder down to my arm/elbow and then my fingers. Sometimes pain, sometimes tingling and sometimes numbness. It was driving me nuts! happened while I drive, sit, walk and even at night.
    I finally decided to go to my massage therapist who told me I'm super stressed and that it's effecting my muscles. My neck and shoulder muscles were apparently so tight, they caused a disturbance to my blood circulation and pressed on my nerves.
    Needless to say I'm not trying to reduce the stress in my life (and my approach to it). I also made changes to my desk like getting a hand support for my mouse and keyboard, got a new ergonomic chair to help with posture when I sit and finally after a few try-and-miss, got a good memory foam pillow that allows me to get neck and shoulder support at night (after all we do spend a major part of our day sleeping).
    I'm now better and can function normally. I just hope it doesn't come back...
    Maybe try to look into some of the things I mentioned?
    Good luck and feel better!
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