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Worsening Neck Pain

edited 07/14/2015 - 11:09 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I've been having pain on the left side of my neck for a little over a month now and it's getting progressively worse. At first it was only when I would turn my neck a certain way and I would get a sharp stabbing pain on the left side, but now it's it's going down into my left shoulder and shoulder blade. My left shoulder is very tight and using my left arm is difficult at times due to the tightness. If I'm lying down sometimes a wrong movement will cause terrible pain that will make moving near impossible. Looking online there seems to be a few different things that this could be. Any helpful advice would be much appreciated.

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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    Have you been seen by any doctors? Since you say that your symptoms have changed, I would get in touch with your doctor & let them know what all of your symptoms are.
    You will probably have to undergo some tests & procedures before they can give you a diagnosis.
    I hope you get some answers & relief soon.
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