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shoulder/arm pain and numbness

I am a 47 year old female who recently began working as an RN. About 4 weeks ago I woke up feeling like I had pulled my left arm out of socket. I sleep with my arms above my head and felt like I had injured it somehow. Well the pain has not gone away. It gets worse when I I sit for more than 30 minutes, sleep on my left side, or raise my arm. About five years ago I had similar pain and was told I have bulging discs at C5, C6, and C7. At that time I had a transforaminal root block and was doing fine for a few days then woke up and couldn't move my left arm. I went to another neuro who said the previous may have hit another nerve during the block. Then decided I had thoracic outlet syndrome. PT seemed to help some but not enough. I eventually fot better until 4 weeks ago. I am considering chiropratic care. Anyone with any answers or advice would be appreciated. The pain also radiated down my left leg and into the foot. Also I have altered sensation in my left hand that occured five years ago and has never completely healed.


  • hello, buffy79070!

    when is the last time you had any imaging done? if it has been a while, perhaps it may be a good idea to discuss getting some updated scans with your doctor. my mother was a nurse (retired), and i understand how physically demanding that job can be!!

    chiropractors definitely have their place in terms of treating spinal conditions. if, however, you've not had any mris/ct scans since you were told about the bulging discs, you might want to start with diagnostic imaging first. i wouldn't want to hear that your attempts to relieve your pain created more problems than they solved!

    i'd like to welcome you to spine-health! please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started!

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    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • I agree with Kimmy, it is always best to get up to date imaging. You do not want to try something to relieve your pain only to end up causing further damage. 

    With a job that thst is so physically demanding, it is best to get checked out ASAP, nurses have to do all sorts of lifting and twistingvwhich could injure you further. I hope you find answers soon and get much needed relief. Please never take chances when risking further injury could be as stake. My advice is to see your PCP and ask yo be sent for some imaging as soon as possible. 
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