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A 25-year-old female asked:

Pain in right arm, from shoulder to fingers. for a month now. np gave chlorzoxazone 500 mg. it was better bt aftr i stopped taking med, started paining again, a little numb too. history of chronic neck and shoulder pain. cant go to doc now. (covid)?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Radiculopathy: Your symptoms are characteristic of impingement of a nerve root by a bulging disc or a spur at an intervertebral space in the neck. An MRI would be most helpful for diagnosis. I recommend consulting a neurologist or neurosurgeon for evaluation and advice about treatment options. I wouldn't expect any help from your muscle relaxant. In the meantime physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications
Dr. Kyle Stier
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Likely nerve pain: this diagnosis would require a visit and imaging but the most likely cause is either pressure on a nerve in your neck or referred pain from the neck and shoulder with symptoms felt at the shoulder/shoulder blade. Try to use the chlorzoxazone or an NSAID (ibuprofen or naproxen) or a combo of both and also try ice for pain, heat for stiffness or spasms. It doesn't sound at all like COVID-19.

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