I'm in terrible, excruciating pain. Six days ago I had a knot in my back in the area of my right shoulder blade. I used a heating pad off and on. The next morning I woke up in excruciating pain. The back of my right arm felt like it was simply on fire. The pain was starting at what I thought was the knot in my back. It radiated down to my elbow and my forearm was aching. And my pinky felt numbish and tingly. I couldn't straighten my arm without the pain which was easily a 9 intensifying. I couldn't close my arm without the same pain.
As I went through the day I noticed the pain was coming down from my neck... out to what I thought was a knot in my shoulder, going to my shoulder itself.. down the back of my arm and forearm to my pinky.
I got in touch with a friend of mine who is a nurse. She said it sounded like a pinched nerve. Problem is I just moved and I don't yet have a doctor and am just setting up some kind of insurance.
For five days I've been in bed with debilitating pain. Using a heating pad and alternating to an ice pack and taking ibuprofen. I can't sleep for much more than 4-5 hours at night. The pain wakes me up in the middle of the night. The pain wakes me up early early in the morning.
I talked to a doctor's office and the earliest possible appointments aren't until the end of October or the beginning of November. I can't wait that long.
I'm having muscle weakness in my right arm, tingling now on my forearm as well and muscle spasms. I also, experience a tightening feeling in my arm. And when it spasms sometimes the pain becomes unbearable. Even though it's excruciating as it is.
I'm not able to use my right hand. Not for any kind of lifting, pushing, or pulling. I can hardly put pressure any where on my right shoulder, elbow, arm or hand. I struggle dressing myself and eating. It also, seems to get worse when I'm upright. Even typing this out is causing pain. I'm also, having a lot of pain turning my head.. especially, to the right. I'm not sure if one of the already injured discs in my neck is finally pressing on a nerve or if this is something completely different.
I've read that pinched nerves can't begin to heal until the pressure is removed. This makes sense to me but, I still have the question how long does something like this last IF it can heal itself?
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