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Neck and upper shoulder pain, getting worse

NatethebigwimpNNatethebigwimp Posts: 1
edited 09/21/2015 - 8:58 PM in Chronic Pain
I was an athlete -- football, wrestling, jujitsu -- from age 7 till 22, keeping up with jujitsu till almost 30. Broken bones, torn ligaments and muscles, etc. were a pretty constant part of my young life. What doctors, trainers and physical therapist always called "normal" were what they called "pinched nerves" in the upper parts of both my shoulder blades, not far from my spine. Stretching never helped, VERY deep rubbing seemed to do a little, but basically I always just played through the pain. My college football coach, later a coach for the Dallas Cowboys, told me it was all in my head, a head he liked to see me deliver concussions to on opposing teams. Anyway, that sharp and tingling pinched nerve sensation has been with me off-and-on my entire (46 now). But recently I was throwing darts (yes, just regular little darts), and since then the pain has been severe on my right shoulder blade and even sometimes creeps into my arm, as well as the front of my shoulder. Over they years, I've tried to describe this chronic pain to dozens of medical practitioners and never got any advice that helps and/or pain killers I don't like to take. Any ideas from anyone? Haven't slept comfortably in 5 weeks. PS Mommas don't let your babies grow up to be football players. Those incredible nights as a fierce competitor as a young man can very well cost him thousands of night in pain till the day he dies.

hate being old


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  • Have you tried muscle ralaxants? It could be muscle spasms. Or if it's nerve-related, there are nerve pain medications, such as gabapentin that have helped a lot of peeps.
  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    edited 09/23/2015 - 5:51 PM
    My most recent return to pain started with what I thought was shoulder pain. While having a shoulder MRI I realized I could lessen the pain by moving my neck. After discussing this with a doctor they did a cervical MRI and found several herniated disks and stenosis affecting the nerves which control my arm and my fingers on my left hand.

    Thinking about football and delivering concussions, if you are running into guys leading with your helmet it stands to reason that your neck could be injured. The cervical spine isn't meant to be a shock absorber (Although I adore football!).


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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