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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain. You don't describe radicular symptoms that would suggest a neurologic etiology. Initial treatment after an H&P and imaging usually starts with NSAIDs and maybe a muscle relaxer and also some therapy exercises to see if your symptoms will get better ...Read more

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I've been having this pain in the back of my head closer to my neck, it causes a headache, some dizziness and today it made my left arm/shoulder pain?

Could be a: Simple trapezius muscle spasm from over stretching or a problem with the disks or joints in the neck. You're 28, the trapezius spasm/strain is more likely. Try cold packs to sore areas and after looking at an image of it online look for ways to avoid chronic strain during hunching while sitting near computer/reading/sleeping. If the pain doesn't go away in a few days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Discuss with MD: You have a lot going on for your age, please discuss this with your doctor, you may warrant some further testing. This is not a good forum for this question as we can not diagnose "pinched nerve" without examination and testing. Your doctor may order a nerve conduction test coupled with an emg, or an MRI if they have not done so already. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What must id do with terrible shoulder pain? I cant lift my arm above my head

What must id do with terrible shoulder pain? I cant lift my arm above my head

Need evaluation.: Not only would we need more information about what’s going on with your shoulder, but I think it would be wise if you got a formal physical examination locally with an orthopedist. Is this new, or has it been this way for a while? Was there any trauma involved? Depending on answers to these questions, you might at least need an x-ray if not an MRI. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my shoulder pain goes away when raising arm above head?

Ss muscle tendonitis: The Supraspinatus, Ss, muscle of the superior shoulder region functions to lift the shoulder overhead. An injured Ss muscle has relaxation & relief of pain in arm abduction & pain arousal in adduction, as the arm weighs about 20#, & exquisite pain at the sudden drop of a "dead arm"; impinging a previously traumatized Supraspinatus tendon, which inserts on the rotator cuff. ...Read more

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I have slight shoulder pain when raising my arm above my head and doing pressing movements. What is this?

I have slight shoulder pain when raising my arm above my head and doing pressing movements. What is this?

Muscle/tendon injury: Without a history of a specific injury, your pain could be coming from the fact that you strained the muscles (deltoid or rotator cuff) around the shoulder or sprained the ligaments and joint that join the end of your collar bone (clavicle) to the shoulder blade (acromion portion of the scapula). You should seek a thorough orthopaedic surgeon evaluation if the pain persists past a week. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain x4h, dropped ~1 inch lower than than other side, mobility/function limited, mild scapular pain. Cannot lift arm over head. Thoughts?

Shoulder pain x4h, dropped ~1 inch lower than than other side, mobility/function limited, mild scapular pain. Cannot lift arm over head. Thoughts?

Shoulderpain: Tough to say without examining you. Your symptoms sound as if you at least strained one of your ligaments in your shoulder, with a possible co-existing Muscle strain of your scapula. See your doctor for an evaluation and proper diagnosis to assure you get the best advice and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have severe neck and shoulder pain with inability to lift left arm above head. Any ideas out there?

I have severe neck and shoulder pain with inability to lift left arm above head. Any ideas out there?

R/O ARTHRITIS/HNP: R/O OSTEOARTHRITIS OF NECK/HNP. You need a full exam AND FOCUSED NEURO EXAM and lab workup including TFTS /vitD/ Lyme titers /MRI to be through. Also GF diet wholeApproach. Com. And start vitamin supplements. Glucosamine/krill oil/ubiquinol/resveretrol rejuvenation-science. Com. &eval for PT and strengthening. PMR EVAL FOR PRP/PROLTHERAPY/STEROID EPIDURAL INJECTION. Then reevaluate. ...Read more

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~2 wks mild pain in R shoulder. Pain got much worse when arms above head pulling shirt off, now sharp pain in shoulder lift arm some ways. Ideas?

~2 wks mild pain in R shoulder. Pain got much worse when arms above head pulling shirt off, now sharp pain in shoulder lift arm some ways. Ideas?

Rc tendinitis or...: Bursitis. You most likely flared up your rotator cuff. As a result overhead activity hurts because your rotator cuff bangs against your shoulder blade (acrimonious) and causes impingement. Limit your overhead activity, get on some nsaids for a few days and Ice. If. It better you might need some guided PT or a cortisone injection. ...Read more

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I have right arm pain and shoulder pain and feeling dizzy or light headed?

I have right arm pain and shoulder pain and feeling dizzy or light headed?

911: I'm very concerned these symptoms may not be simply musculoskeletal in origin. I strongly recommend you get evaluated right away, and yes that means the ER. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Neck & shoulder pain going down arm when arm is above head/ straight. How do I know what type of doc to see, PT or chiropractor or totally different?

Neck & shoulder pain going down arm when arm is above head/ straight. How do I know what type of doc to see, PT or chiropractor or totally different?

Neck & shoulder pain: Please start by finding out the cause of your pain. For that you need to see your primary care doctor. He/she may then refer you for PT. Ask your doc about seeing a chiropractor because PT and chiro are different. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Right shoulder pain into neck can't lift arm over my head and some numbness and no grip in my hands can't lay on it severe pain constantly?

Right shoulder pain into neck can't lift arm over my head and some numbness and no grip in my hands can't lay on it severe pain constantly?

See a neurologist: You must see a neurologist. You have definite signs of either diseased or pinched nerves in neck or brachial plexus on right side. ...Read more

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My mother has been having neck &right arm/shoulder pain for a week. Today was intense pain on right arm and r side of head w/numbness. What could it be?

My mother has been having neck &right arm/shoulder pain for a week. Today was intense pain on right arm and r side of head w/numbness. What could it be?

Cervical radiculopat: Sound like your mother has cervical radiculopathy (pinch nerve in the cervical spine). Usually caused by damage to the intervertebral disc and spurs (osteophytes). She should go and seek medical care. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm 32 years old female I've been having chest and shoulder pain on my left side of my chest that travels to my left arm and to my face. What is?

Hello, I'm 32 years old female I've been having chest and shoulder pain on my left side of my chest that travels to my left arm and to my face. What is?

Please go to ER: Chest pain can be due to multiple reasons, but the most concerning is from a heart problem. Even though you are young, it is best to get checked out by a physician right away in the emergency room. ...Read more