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Pain in left side of my neck, head, shoulder, arm, ribs and eye

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
A couple of days ago I got a headache and in a matter of hours the pain traveled into my shoulder arm and now into my ribs on my left side. By bedtime I could hardly take a full breath. The next day I woke up and it just felt a little like I had worked out too much I but still couldn’t breath well, within a few hours I got the same headache and the pain returned but got so severe I couldn’t lift my arm or close my hand no position relieved it and even smiling or opening my mouth caused pain in my ribs (it was very odd) The only thing that seems to help at all is lots and lots of ibprophen (about 1600 mg), but if there is any lapse in the dosage more than 3 hours or so the pain comes back with a vengeance.

Yesterday I thought it was beginning to go away I reduced the ibprophen and was actually able to drive and use my arm. Today the headache has returned the pain is more centeralized, instead of everything just aching it hurts most to bend or use my middle finger turn my head to the left and when I breathe it hurts in my shoulder above the breast but it feels very deep and the headache is centralized on the left side behind my ear and my left eye is sore. Is this typical of a pinched nerve? I thought that was what it was at first until my eye started to bother me and I realized that days before that I started having pain in my left eye and blurred vision it never occured to me it may have been the cause or was related until now. Any advice or knowledge would be helpful.


  • Sounds like it could be serious, and I would get it checked out immediately. There are a number of things it could be, and only a medical professional can properly diagnose the problem.
  • I totally agree.
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  • did you ever find out what it was. your symptoms sound exactly like what I am experiencing. starting in the left eye (pain and blurry vision), down face(cheek and feel it in my upper teeth) down the neck, left ribcage/arm down to hip and now, recently even left leg(slightly above and behind knee).very tight on trapezes and temporary relieved by massage, but always comes back.

    wondering if you found the answer to your pain
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