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Doctor insights on: Can Constantly Carrying My Tool Bag Over My Shoulder Cause Long Term Damage

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My shoulder hurts when I press a point on it. It started since I started carrying my school bag and it's not going away. Is there something wrong?

My shoulder hurts when I press a point on it. It started since I started carrying my school bag and it's not going away. Is there something wrong?

Yes: It is most likely a minor nerve irritation due to the pressure from the bag. Try carrying it in a different location. Apply ice to the area. You could try Tylenol (acetaminophen) as well. ...Read more

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Can carrying a toddler too much on one side cause shoulder/arm pain/tingling + breathing issues from poor posture?

Can carrying a toddler too much on one side cause shoulder/arm pain/tingling + breathing issues from poor posture?

Yes/No: While excessive strain on one side by lifting and/or carrying heavy weight improperly can cause pain in shoulder and arm, and even possibly put some strain on nerves causing the tingling, it should not cause breathing issues. Might be worthwhile to have doc refer you for a couple of physical therapy sessions to learn some at home back exercises and proper carrying of heavy objects before permanent ...Read more

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Left Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain/discomfort after carrying heavy bags or walking dog ? Hurts starting in shoulder blade. Uncomfortable.

Left Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain/discomfort after carrying heavy bags or walking dog ?
Hurts starting in shoulder blade. Uncomfortable.

Myofascial : This sounds like you may be experiencing a myofascial trigger point; this irritation of muscle groups can even mimic nerve root type pain. The shoulder girdle area is a common site for these types of regional muscle fiber strains. If your dog takes you for the walk (with lots of tugging) then a few trips to dog training school may help to change unruly tugging. A lighter, fashionista bag ? ...Read more

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Shoulder acting frozen but had to carry heavy bag on vacation. Just locked it and picked up and lugged. Any risk?

Shoulder acting frozen but had to carry heavy bag on vacation. Just locked it and picked up and lugged. Any risk?

Rotator cuff tendons: You probably have tendonits of the rotator cuff. Conservative treatment is best tried after an examination of the area. Until then ice and Ibuprofen woudl be helpful if not contraindicated for you. ...Read more

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Not really pain,right side in my head feels like being squeeze/tight/tired since tues night.right neck/shouder feels tired at times.carrying heavy bag

Not really pain,right side in my head feels like being squeeze/tight/tired since tues night.right neck/shouder feels tired at times.carrying heavy bag

See headache doctor: Your description is consistent with a tension type headache. If you'd be interested in a private consultation for work up of the problem using a special logging tool that can help suggest the best type of intervention then, please go to www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi and use Key Code: PDXFNR in order to make a Virtual Appointment. Be Well- Be Strong- Be Happy ...Read more

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How can I alleviate terrible shoulder pain from carrying a backpack?

How can I alleviate terrible shoulder pain from carrying a backpack?

Be checked: It is a limitless unusual you would have terrible shoulder pain from carrying a back pack, so I would probably be seen just to make sure it is not something more serious such as a cardiac event. That being said, rest, ice, NSAIDs are typically first line treatment for orthopedic problems and if it does not respond consider being seen also. ...Read more

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I get huge back and shoulder pain every time I wear or carry non heavy items, even wearing a necklace and carrying a purse gives me pain.

I get huge back and shoulder pain every time I wear or carry non heavy items, even wearing a necklace and carrying a purse gives me pain.

Back/ shoulder pain: Does it hurt when you just move hour shoulder? raise your arms? move your neck? Would follow up with doctor urgent care make sure you are not developing arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus or fibromyalgia. need sed rate CRP, exam for trigger points, range or motion, parathesias. Coudl alos be from gallbladder pain or rarely could be MS, F/U with doc . ...Read more

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I have had pain in my left shoulder blade for several weeks - worse when I am carrying something? Also some back pain on left side.

I have had pain in my left shoulder blade  for several weeks - worse when I am carrying something? Also some back pain on left side.

Multiple causes: Upper back & left sided chest may be the result of a thoracic disc herniation, thoracic facet syndrome, T4 syndrome, costoveterbral syndrome, muscle strain, ect. It may also represent referred pain from internal organs such as the heart & lungs, which are more serious. With your breathing difficulties you should contact your pcp for an immediate evaluation. If not available go to nearest er! ...Read more

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I have pain in my left shoulder and my nick.The pain extends to my lower back on the same side.Recently am having difficulty carrying on the left arm?

See a doctor: You may have a neck muscle strain or possibly a herniated disk in yoyr cervical spine pressing on a nerve root. If the pain is not relieved by over the counter meds then see a doctor and get an examination. ...Read more

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My right shoulder is continually in a lot of pain. Probably as a result of carrying around a back pack in high school and college. What do I do?

My right shoulder is continually in a lot of pain. Probably as a result of carrying around a back pack in high school and college. What do I do?

First diagnose: Chronic unilateral shoulder pain in twenties male likely soft tissue (tendon, ligament, or nerve) injury. Hands-on functional evaluation by an osteopath advised. Imo massage and physical therapy should be undertaken after diagnosis entertained, and pursued exhaustively before any surgery is considered. Absent a mechanical injury, imaging studies are marginally useful. ...Read more