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Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Persistent Pain (Definition)

Persistent pain is pain that occurs most of the day, on most days. Pain that last for more than 4-6 months is called chronic pain. Persistent pain doesn't go away in an expected time frame for the injury. for example, your doctor says it'll be fine in a couple of weeks; if the pain is still present, more days than not, at 3-4 weeks out, its persistent. And, it should be ...Read more


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3 yrs of many docs,PT,tests,imaging,studies,still have bilateral winged scapulas and chronic muscle pain in neck+shoulders. What to do? tests=normal

3 yrs of many docs,PT,tests,imaging,studies,still have bilateral winged scapulas and chronic muscle pain in neck+shoulders. What to do? tests=normal

Syrinx @ your age: It can be caused by several things such as muscular dystrophy (typically children), injury to the long thoracic nerve (would have to involve both sides so unlikely though this rarely seen with weight training), and damage to the upper spinal cord, which should be apparent on MRI of the cervical spine. Syrinx is one such cord injury that may develop over time in someone your age. ...Read more

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Chronic neck pain radiating into shoulders arms and down spine, unable to raise arms above head and weakness down arms n tingling in fingers. ?

Chronic neck pain radiating into shoulders arms and down spine, unable to raise arms above head and weakness down arms n tingling in fingers. ?

Nerve pressure: You may have a disc problem or degenerative changes in the cervical (neck) spine with pressure on the nerves. In a few people, these symptoms go along with pressure at the top of the spine such as the chiari malformation. If your symptoms do not settle down, you should see your doctor. Other causes are possible. A lot will depend on your neurological examination. Diagnostic studies may be needed. ...Read more

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What r some ways to treat chronic pain myself? I have migraines, neck pain, and over all soreness daily. Avoiding rebound only using meds everyother d

What r some ways to treat chronic pain myself? I have migraines, neck pain, and over all soreness daily. Avoiding rebound only using meds everyother d

DIY pain relief: Some tips: Sleep hygiene = 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Smoking cessation. Adequate hydration, at least 64 ounces of water each day. Moderation of caffeine intake, less than 5 cups coffee per day. Stress reduction. Riboflavin 400 mg/day, and/or magnesium oxide 400-800 mg/day. Yoga, gentle stretching, massage, meditation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have several gastrointestinal conditions as well as chronic pain and tingling in my extremities and muscular back/neck pain. Could there be one condition causing it?

I have several gastrointestinal conditions as well as chronic pain and tingling in my extremities and muscular back/neck pain. Could there be one condition causing it?

Potentially: Without further history or physical examination, it is speculation, but certainly it is possible all of these symptoms could localize to small fibers in the nervous system. However, this would need to be confirmed; you should see your health care provider for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Chronic pain for the last year in my shoulder down down to my hand and my thumb locks up also pain is in neck and back I'm miserable?

Chronic pain for the last year in my shoulder down down to my hand and my thumb locks up also pain is in neck and back I'm miserable?

Chronic pain: Naturally please be followed by your doctor. Beyond that, consider looking up the work of John Sarno, MD, who works w/chronic pain from a mind-body point of view. One of his best books is "The Divide Mind." Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Whom should I see if I have chronic pain in shoulders&neck with hot sensation in back in head&shoulder.I want to know if it's fibromyalgia or cervical?

Whom should I see if I have chronic pain in shoulders&neck with hot sensation in back in head&shoulder.I want to know if it's fibromyalgia or cervical?

Could be both: A good number of patients who are diagnosed with fm have had a trauma to their cervical spine (eg, seemingly minor whiplash, etc) in the months before the pain started. If that is true for you, please find someone who uses a therapy called frequency specific microcurrent (find online). Also a good hands-on osteopathic physician (do who does omt (osteopathic manipulative therapy) can help. ...Read more

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What can I do for chronic shoulder/neck pain? I don't have health insurance and it's been hurting for weeks.

Neck ; shoulder pain: You really have to see a doctor to find out the cause of shoulder and neck pain. You can go to open door type clinic. You need MRI of neck and shoulder. In the mean while you can use Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) plus bengay skin patch daily in between neck and shoulder. Thanks. ...Read more

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What can I do for shoulder and neck pain?

What can I do for shoulder and neck pain?

Depends on the cause: It depends on why you have this pain. If its from excercise, you may need a good stretching routine. If its from hunching over a desk all day, it could be a question of improving your posture. For acute pain however, I have found heating pads with or without ibuprofen/motrin/aleve to be helpful. Acupuncture & chiropractic are also helpful.For chronic pain, physical therapy may be very beneficial. ...Read more

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Cause of pain in neck shoulder and across chest?

Cause of pain in neck shoulder and across chest?

Heart?: At your age, the thing I would worry about the most is angina or heart attack. See MD or ER NOW. ...Read more

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I have constant shoulder and neck pain for years?

I have constant shoulder and neck pain for years?

Joint arthritis: Most often, chronic neck pain comes from chronic inflammation and arthritic changes in the facet joints of the vertebrae of the neck. The pain frequently refers to the shoulder and even down the arm. Anti-inflammatory medications, and when needed, injections of the painful joints of the neck can help quite a bit. Ask your doctor about these options. ...Read more

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I do data entry and have shoulder neck pain what can I do?

I do data entry and have shoulder neck pain what can I do?

Ergonomics: Evaluate your posture and mechanics while you are at work. You may need different chair, props, elbow, wrist, etc. Positioning devices, or a new posture, or a new job if you can't find comfortable positioning. ...Read more

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What could cause neck pain that is radiating into shoulder?

Several things: Muscle spasm is the first thing that comes to my mind. It could be a disc herniation in the cervical spine. See your pcp as a starting point. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more