Sorry for the long post, but opinions would be appreciated....
I made a post a couple of years ago about my problem; its an upper left shoulder/back problem,
Ive never had a clear diagnosis as such. I paid to see a neurosurgeon privately who did an MRI which showed a previously known c6-7 herniation. He said however my symptoms aren't consistent with a c6-7 herniation and I honestly feel like this is correct based on what i feel. My Doctor referred me to a pain specialist who did no checks and just told me it must be the herniation and put me on Lyrica, although I stopped as it didn't agree with me.
I understand it is easy to jump to a diagnosis of herniated disc on a superficial level, although looking at the quality, consistency and frequency of pain and symptoms it seems much less likely to be the c6-7.
For the last few years it has been on/off with some really good periods of no pain/symptoms at all. Just last week though, when walking home from work I noticed an initial sharpish pain near the superior angle of my scapula and approximately near the t1/t2area which went across the top of my shoulder. Alarmingly my pecs upper back and arm started to twitch/spasms a lot. The spasming isnt painful but rather very distracting and anxiety inducing. Again these symptoms only really present themselves when im walking or sitting with my arms out in front for a period, even then sometimes there is nothing. Prior to last Monday, this never happened and I haven't knowingly done anything to induce it apart from probably having bad posture when sitting at work.
I just saw my GP who has prescribed a strong course of naproxen for 2 weeks and then I have to go back and likely get a referral to a specialist. Ive seen Chiros, Osteopaths, Physical therapists amongst other professionals and they all seem stumped by it. I had considered Myofascial pain and trigger points which is often under diagnosed and mistaken for disc problems.
I am just so confused by the cause and subsequently what I need to be doing to improve this.
In general I dont have any numbness/weakness or tingling in my arms, only a diffuse achey feeling occasionally in the top of my shoulder and very occasional arm twitches which arent troublesome, but these new symptoms are making me scared and anxious to the point where I dont know what to do and I dont want to lose my job taking time off. Where I live (London) It seems difficult to get someone qualified to take an attentive look at the problem rather than try to get me out the door with medication as soon as possible.
any help, advice or opinions are greatly appreciated.
thanks for reading!