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Help with wierd trapezius scapula pain

edited 07/15/2015 - 11:42 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hello i am new but i need help. I have been to so many doctors but they dont know what to do. Some say it is in your head etc.. So it started with neck pain and then scapula pain. I cant abduct my arm at all. I have taken normal x rays of the neck chest and scapula ofc it was all normal. But i know something is wrong and i can show you all of you tell me how to Upload photos. This problem has make my body tilt to the left despite i have a straight back. Spinal accesory nere damage seems to fit but i have no atrophy?
The x ray showed that o have a straight back. This all is so so wierd.
It started all when my neck cracked alot. I was depressed so my neck started hurring and cracking for some strange reason.

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