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Neck and shoulder pain for 14 months

mrpickettfencemmrpickettfence Posts: 1
edited 07/22/2015 - 5:07 PM in Chronic Pain
I'm a 26 year old male and I've had ongoing neck and shoulder pain for over a year now. It's constant from the moment I wake up until I fall asleep.

I've tried phsyio for 6 months, massage therapy for 6 months, chiropractor for 3 months, muscle relaxants, anti-inflamatories, ibuprofen cream, heat pads, ice packs, changing my sleeping habits: including sleeping position, pillows, mattress.

The pain is in a couple of places on my trap at middle TrP 5 and 7 as well as the very top of my right trap behind the ear. I have pain in my infraspinatus as well. I also get pain around my S/C joint and the base of my clavicular branch.

When I rotate my shoulder, my clavicle pops up a bit, which causes some pain. When I lower my shoulder (from a hand above head position) and my arm reaches the point when it is fully extended in front of me, it feels as though it slows down and is being sucked out of the socket.

I've had a shoulder x-ray and neck x-ray and both came back inconclusive. It will be 9-12 months until I can get an MRI, unless I pay for it myself. The doctor wants to do an MRI of the C-spine, and an ultrasound of my s/c joint and shoulder. I'm considering paying for the MRI to expedite the process, as I am in extreme discomfort every day, but i'm not sure that it is my C-spin and not another part of my shoulder.

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

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  • I went through years of trying to find my pain source in my neck and shoulders. It was horrible to keep going through it all with no answers. My docs barely cared and blew me off. It wasn't until last year when I was able to get help from a chiropractor. Not the way you think though. He did x-rays and saw that I had lost the curve in my neck. He started treatments of adjustments, massage therapy, exercises at home, posture pump etc. Nothing he did helped the pain and my PCP didn't do anything when I went to them. My Chiro ordered the MRI and had found that I had a herniated disc that was compressing on my spinal cord. I ended up having acdf a few weeks later. I know its hard to afford the MRI and all the other stuff but the possibility of having something wrong sucks too. Because I didn't get the help I needed earlier, I am looking at possible permanent nerve damage. Its not just in my neck and arms anymore. Its in my legs, my mid back, chronic severe headaches. Everyone is different so who knows what could be your problem but I kept saying "yup, I had that" to most of your symptoms. I hate to see anyone go through this if they don't have to.
    Tracie C
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