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Question about cause of neck and shoulder pain

Hi.  I've been experiencing pain for a while.  It started with a back spasm that was a knot in my mid back about a month ago, then moved to my lower back for a week or so.  Now, I've had pain in my upper back and neck for about a month.  The symptoms are very stiff neck if I sit in a chair for more then 30 minutes, shooting pain the goes from my upper back to my left shoulder if I turn my head to the left.  I have dull pain in the area when not moving.  If I raise my left arm over my head and move around, I hear clicking in my shoulder and in my upper mid back.  The stiffness in next doesn't occur unless I'm sitting.  It doesn't feel worse after I sleep.  The pain is pretty constant throughout the day.  I never had this type of pain before.  Doesn't feel like it's getting better but also not getting worse.  I used to lift weights quite a bit, a little over weight now and probably have had posture and sit a lot for my job.  Looking to see if any doctors can give me an idea of what's going on or someone that may have had similar experience.  Cold packs don't seem to do anything, stretches haven't been working and massages didn't do much.  Any thoughts?


  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,265
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  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 879
    joshsoldit - Have you seen a doctor about you neck issue(s)?  I'd highly recommend getting some imaging of your neck, even simple x-rays.  Given my own history of neck issues, for you symptoms to "hang on this long", I think you deserve it to yourself to get at least some simple diagnostics.  With today's digital x-rays, it's amazing what they can find.

    Do your due diligence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be surprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.

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