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bassclgirl92bbassclgirl92 Posts: 1
edited 04/30/2015 - 7:39 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone.

In July of last year, I was trying to put a shirt on, and I experienced a burst of absolutely excruciating pain. (I know--who hurts themselves putting on a shirt?!) It was searing and absolutely awful, and I found myself in tears immediately. I did not get it checked out (I assumed I stupidly pulled a muscle) and the pain passed in a couple days.

Less than a month ago, I woke up and the pain was back. It was crippling. It was in my neck and left shoulder, and it FELT muscular, but I would get shooting pain down my fingers and in the other shoulder (which has no muscle aches whatsoever). I had difficulty lifting my left arm and turning my head. I took Doan's and ibuprofen throughout the day, but they barely helped me. Again, the pain went away in a couple of days.

This morning, I woke up with it again! It was so bad I found myself dry heaving in the bathroom and dripping with sweat. There is pain deep in my chest as well and the occasional stab of pain in my otherwise pain-free right shoulder, but the pain seems isolated mostly to my left shoulder, collarbone, and neck. My mother finally agreed to make me an appointment (I am still on my parents' insurance) but she says she doesn't know what they'll be able to do for me. I am supposed to start working tomorrow at an amusement park (checking harnesses and pushing/starting cars) so I really don't want to deal with this.

Does anyone know how to confirm whether this is nerve damage, a muscle tear, a slipped disc? Thanks!

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  • I don't think your symptoms sound like a pulled muscle at all. I am no expert but I could suggest that you google "dermatomes" and see if your symptoms are specific to one or two. This is what I did early on when I began to have problems. I have neck issues so based on my understanding of the dermatome map I went to my family Dr and an MRI was done. From there a neurosurgeon was consulted and the rest is history. Maybe it is just a bad pulled muscle...hope so. Anyway this may steer you toward getting some answers. Hope it helps.

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