I have had a problem with my right shoulder/neck for about 5 years and it started when I was 21 years. Before this I was a regular gym goer, lifting weights, the lot. When it started it was in my right shoulder under the blade. I went to the doctors and they gave me pain killers and sent me for physio which made it worse. I also saw a shoulder specialist who sent me for an Mri on the shoulder joint (not spine) that showed nothing. I am a type 1 diabetic from the age of 14 so my doctor said it is neuropathy, however a few people have said neuropathy would not start in my shoulder and would be symmetrical in pattern. I also have had very good control the majority of the time. I don't want to write it off as just a diabetes problem when it doesn't feel that way. I have also paid for many treatments including acupuncture, private physio/deep massage, taping.
The pain is a burning and has since moved to my trapezius near my spine. This indicating nerve irritation so my doctor prescribed Me amitriptyline which did nothing. I was also given gabapentin which also does nothing. I don't see anyone else anymore and I'm just given pain relief. When I do any physical activity, if I'm stressed, or if im cold it's really bad to the point I can't do any movement. When the burning is in my trap, if I turn my head this sharp pain twinges in my neck and I feel sick. For a long time I thought it was just a part of me, my response to stress, but now as its getting worse I feel it may not be. Im worried because of the length of time I have had this. I occasionally get a numb hand and I sometimes wake with stabbing in my hands, this isn't a regular occurrence though. I worry what damage it is doing because now it's inbearable. I just can't take it anymore as I can't do any normal daily activities let alone exercise.
My dad, brother, uncle and granddad all on paternal side have neck and shoulder problems, but their symptoms are different to mine. Their pain is more achy than stabbing and burning, however, I'm qondering if there can be some genetic defect that is causing mine and their problems. None of them are diabetic.
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