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Does a cervical herniated disk cause horrible shoulder pain?

Does a cervical herniated disk cause horrible shoulder pain?

It can: Severe shoulder pain is a common symptom seen in cervical disc herniations. There can be further radiation of pain down the arm as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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When i drive a lot i get shoulder pain moving in towards my chest what could cause this mostly left arm I do have herniated. Disc in neck?

When i drive a lot i get shoulder pain moving in towards my chest what could cause this mostly left arm I do have herniated. Disc in neck?

Neck or shoulder: You can get similar symptoms from an impingement on either your neck or shoulder itself. Best thing to do is see a physiatrist and get examined as there are special tests that can be done to determine which it is. If the exam doesn't lead to answers and MRI would be the next step. Heart problems can be referred to the left arm (angina) so if you have risk factors for heart disease see an md. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in neck by shoulder. 2nd time in 2yrs. Excruciating pain when I turn my neck. Pain went away after 2 days. Herniated disk maybe? Need MRI?

Unlikely HD: pain relieve in two days mostly cause by muscular spasm rather than HD , massage ,heat , muscle relaxants , over the counter anti inflammatory , ...Read more

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Can a buldging disk on lower spine cause severe shoulder pain on both sides?

Yes, see osteopath: It's very possible that it could be from your low back bulging discs, if it's restraining motion up to your shoulders. However, you need to have this further evaluated by an osteopathic physician, who can review your films, your complete medical, trauma, social history to see how much your bulging discs are affecting this. Often times, this can easily be treated with osteopathic manipulation. ...Read more

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I have suffered from a shoulder pain.A doctor told me I have a disk problem of my neck at the juncture between a neck and backbone. What should I do?

I have suffered from a shoulder pain.A doctor told me I have a disk problem of my neck at the juncture between a neck and backbone. What should I do?

See an orthopedic md: The orthopedic surgeon can order tests such as xrays, MRI to determine diagnosis and management which may be physiotherapy, steroid shots, and /orsurgery. ...Read more

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6 months n 20 sessions of pt. Still neck n shoulder pain.How effective is steroid jab for herniated cervical discs n spondylosis? Risks?Other options?

6 months n 20 sessions of pt. Still neck n shoulder pain.How effective is steroid jab for herniated cervical discs n spondylosis? Risks?Other options?

See below: You mention two very different diagnosis (and injections). Cervical epidurals (for disc herniated discs) and cervical facet blocks (for spondylosis) are both very effective. If you have failed pt other than traction I am not sure what other conservative treatments there are. ...Read more

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Constant r arm/shoulder pain, tingliing, hand swells & turns cold × 5yrs. Mri: c5-c6 & c6-c7 disk ostephyte complex, disk protrusion with annular tear, central canal stenosis. Could this be the cause?

Constant r arm/shoulder pain, tingliing, hand swells & turns cold × 5yrs. Mri: c5-c6 & c6-c7 disk ostephyte complex, disk protrusion with annular tear, central canal stenosis. Could this be the cause?

Yes: Your symptoms may represent what we call radiculopathy. This occurs as a result of your nerves being pinched as they exit the spine by your protruding disc and osteophytes. You may benefit from an injection of steroid into the area of pressure of the nerve which may help your symptoms. Consult a physiatrist or spine specialist. ...Read more

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What can cause severe shoulder pain?

Many causes possible: Ultimately a formal history and exam by an orthopedic surgeon is probably the best option for correct diagnosis. Many things can cause severe shoulder pain such as rotator cuff tears, bursitis/tendinitis, labral tears, shoulder instability, frozen shoulder, fractures, arthritis, contusions/direct trauma, cervical spine and nerve impingement in the shoulder as well. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

Herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. Because nerves run in the spine right next to the disk, a herniated disk can compress a nerve and cause symptoms such as low back pain, numbness and tingling. ...Read more