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Shoulder and neck pain

So recently about 4 months ago I started feeling a pain under my right collarbone. It was hard to lift my arm up over my head. Now that pain has spread down to the top of my shoulder. Right under the middle of my collarbone is a hard peice of muscle I think. Its as hard as a bone and doesnt move, its about two fingers above my collarbone. So if I sneeze or try and sit up from laying down it will hit my collarbone and hurt a lot! There's another muscle along the top of my shoulder thats hard too and seems like its piercing something in my neck if I lift myself up with my arm or flex it. Right now my neck is so tight on the right side. I tried getting a massage a month or so ago to see if it was a knot problem but all my masseuse said was I just had a lot of them and couldn't get them out. So that didn't work. I went to the ER for two things, one, for my stomach which hurt at the time and my neck. But all they focused on was my stomach and didn't care one bit about my neck even though I kept telling them that I had the pain for months and it was just getting worse. They just prescribed me a muscle relaxer that worked for a bit but didn't solve anything. Now I'm having trouble doing anything strenuous with my right arm, sleeping sucks because I either wake up on my right side which hurts or my back with which hurts too when I turn off it. Has anyone had this problem before? Ive looked around for answers or something similar but no luck.

I have no insurance so going back to the ER and reciving another giant bill I can't pay is gunna kill me. Lol. Help me please!

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  • Hi Teila

    Welcome to Spine-health

    If you are unable to resolve this with therapy, I would advise seeing your family doctor and getting diagnostic imaging or a referral to a spine specialist to find out what is going on inside.

    There are no medical professional on this site, so nobody can advise you, but they will share their own experiences with you and this information should be received in this way.

    Maybe your doctor can advise on medical help without insurance if you cannot afford it.

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  • Hi Teila. Sorry to hear you're in such pain. Shoulder/neck pain is miserable and sometimes seems closely related. (or in my own limited experience at least) As AjGormit said, none of us are in the medical profession,  I'm definitely NOT. I will say though I'm suffering from frozen shoulder in my left shoulder. I finally got diagnosed a few months ago after my movement and ROM got more & more limited as time went on. I'm having surgery on it Friday, though most people with frozen shoulder don't need surgery. Not saying that's your issue, it really could be a LOT of things, there are several shoulder problems that share similar pain patterns. It might be a starting point. And there are a few other things like impingement that are similar to frozen shoulder as well. Could you look into maybe self-pay for Physical Therapy? That can be helpful for many shoulder problems. Plus, I liked AjGormit's idea of seeing your primary doctor too for a good path to go down. I'm sorry you're dealing with this. Shoulder pain is really life-disrupting. 

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  • Hi Teila. Sorry to hear you're in such pain. Shoulder/neck pain is miserable and sometimes seems closely related. (or in my own limited experience at least) As AjGormit said, none of us are in the medical profession,  I'm definitely NOT. I will say though I'm suffering from frozen shoulder in my left shoulder. I finally got diagnosed a few months ago after my movement and ROM got more & more limited as time went on. Sleeping is very hard these days. Ack!  I'm having surgery on it Friday, though most people with frozen shoulder don't need surgery. Not saying that's your issue, it really could be a LOT of things, there are several shoulder problems that share similar pain patterns. It might be a starting point. And there are a few other things like impingement that are similar to frozen shoulder as well. Could you look into maybe self-pay for Physical Therapy? That can be helpful for many shoulder problems. Plus, I liked AjGormit's idea of seeing your primary doctor too for a good path to go down. I'm sorry you're dealing with this. Shoulder pain is really life-disrupting. 

  • My horrible Shoulder Pain was ruptured discs in my neck, surgery didn’t resolve pain for me. It does for some. 

  • My horrible Shoulder Pain was ruptured discs in my neck, surgery didn’t resolve pain for me. It does for some. 

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