I have had a shooting pain underneath my left shoulder blade for two years. It literally feels like someone is stabbing a knife in my back. Other symptoms include arm numbness and weakness. I was "diagnosed" with thoracic outlet syndrome and have been seeking alternative treatments for a very long time now. I see a neurologist on a regular basis. They have conducted MRI and nerve conduction studies, tried Trigger Point Injections, one was ultrasound guided. All those did was make me feel like I have the flu and they didnt help with the pain at all. I see a chiropractor very regularly and have been in Physical Therapy for months. My symptoms are worse then they have ever been and my entire left arm will be completely numb with quite a bit of pain. MRI from two years ago shows nothing compressed in my C-Spine or Thoracic area. Nerve conduction study from about a year and a half ago was also "normal" but, I am obviously NOT NORMAL. Ive got another MRI scheduled for Monday morning, so I am waiting to see if anything has changed. The surgeon said I could have a slipped disc in my neck, but that he doesnt suspect that since my last MRI was so clean. So, he said that I more than likely have pinched nerves causing this numbness\pain. He stated that they would more than likely recommend injections in my neck to try to get rid of the numbness.
Has anyone ever had these injections and if so did they help?
Im getting to the point where I am so desperate to get some relief. One Dr put me on Gabapentin and it made me Psycho (capital P). I dont want to just MASK this pain anymore, I want to get to the bottom of it. I feel like Im just getting shooed from one dr to the other and it is so frustrating.
Does anyone out there have any other suggestions? I feel like I have tried every single alternative method and I still have no answers as to what is even causing this pain if my MRI is so "clean".