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Neck / trap pain.

C1ov3CC1ov3 Posts: 1
edited 07/31/2015 - 6:55 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
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.
Does anyone know what this may be or has anyone had a similar experience?

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  • Your symptoms could be coming from your neck. I had a herniated disc at C 4/5 and had bad burning in my scapula and sharp pain in my neck. I would recommend seeing either an orthopedic doctor or a neurosurgeon and ask for an MRI of your neck. Especially if you have a family history of degenerative neck issues. If that turns out normal then you can consider it to be diabetic neuropathy. My mom is diabetic and she just started having diabetic neuropathy on the right side of her abdomen. So it is possible for it to not be symmetrical.
  • Sharp pain under the shoulder blade and in the triceps could very well be caused by a herniated cervical disc. I had severe/stabbing pain in the shoulder and tricep, and numbness and tingling in my fingers. After an MRI it was discovered I herniated C7-T1. I agree with BlessedMom. Go see an Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon. They'll order an MRI and should be able to better diagnose the problem.
  • For four months I went to PT for a reoccurring trap pain over 3 years - sharp stabbing, burning behind my shoulder blade. PT made things worse so I went back to Primary. He ordered MRI of shoulder and neck. MRI confirmed a C6-7 disc herniation. After ACDF, I was relieved of all of those symptoms and the surgeon commented that he could tell this happening for a long time. I would strongly agree with those above to get an MRI.
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