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Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Could be: Pain at night, with overhead activities, pain with reaching out and behind back, weakness are all signs of rotator cuff problems. An MRI will help secure the diagnosis. Treatment depends on severity of symptoms and extent of rotator cuff damage. ...Read more

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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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Shoulder pain on top of shoulder. Hurts most when arm extend behind back or sudden twisting motion. Full range of motion otherwise with little to no discomfort. Able to lift weights with minimal discomfort but very sore afterwards?

Shoulder pain on top of shoulder. Hurts most when arm extend behind back or sudden twisting motion. Full range of motion otherwise with little to no discomfort. Able to lift weights with minimal discomfort but very sore afterwards?

Need more info: I would need more info to give you specific diagnostic opinions. The most common causes of shoulder pain in the absence of trauma include rotator cuff and biceps tendonitis and labral tears, especially in young to middle-age individuals. In weight-lifters, the
A-C joint can become inflamed as well. If you need additional help, then I can provide an inbox consult. Www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...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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I have left shoulder pain goes from the top to the elbow hard to teach out and reach behind my back can't fasten my bra iy hurts so bad sleeping nigh?

I have left shoulder pain goes from the top to the elbow hard to teach out and reach behind my back can't fasten my bra iy hurts so bad sleeping nigh?

Rotator cuff: Your symptoms of pain @ night and pain w/ movements away from body suggest your rotator cuff is involved. Pain can be from the rot cuff getting 'pinched' underneath the point of the shoulder (impingement syndrome).Try taking a NSAID for a few days. If your pain continues see a board certified ors for examination/ x-rays. Best of luck.! ...Read more

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What does it mean when shoulder pain worsens when pulling the arm back from an outstretched position?

What does it mean when shoulder pain worsens when pulling the arm back from an outstretched position?

Varies: There are a number of potential causes. If it is around your shoulder blade, then it usually means it is coming from the retractors of your shoulder blade, such as the rhomboids. If it is the shoulder, a babel, biceps, or rotator cuff tear are possible. Don't hesitate to be seen for a more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi, I have shoulder pain when I turn my arm external rotation whilst is raised. Started after doing weighed dips. No pain while doing back exercises.

Hi, I have shoulder pain when I turn my arm external rotation whilst is raised. Started after doing weighed dips. No pain while doing back exercises.

Ac impingement: Sounds like you may have some impingement of the AC joint on your rotator cuff. I'd avoid overhead activities and see your ortho if it doesn't start to improve soon. ...Read more

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I've had left shoulder pain for about 6 weeks. No injury. I cannot raise my arm straight up in the air and I cannot extend it back to undo my bra.?

I've had left shoulder pain for about 6 weeks. No injury. I cannot raise my arm straight up in the air and I cannot extend it back to undo my bra.?

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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Please tell me, could a C5 impingement cause shoulder pain and pain in back of upper arm?

Please tell me, could a C5 impingement cause shoulder pain and pain in back of upper arm?

Yes: A 5th cervical nerve root "pinching" from a disc herniation (for example) can radiate pain to the deltoid (shoulder) and into the back of the upper arm. See your md for evaluation and definitive diagnosis. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

Pinched nerve?: There are many things that can present this way. Part of the differential is a cervical radiculopathy or radiculitis (this is when nerves in your neck become pinched or irritated). If your symptoms persist or worsen (such as weakness), seek medical attention. Commonly (if this is what you do have.), a trial of physical therapy is very successful, but occasionally, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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What would cause back and shoulder pain while eating, not after eating. Have had shoulder, arm and back pain for a week. Told it is cerv radiculopathy?

Unusual: Cervical radiculopathy typically is not related to eating. Consider gastrointestinal conditions that may be causing these symptoms. Gallbladder problems, for example, can produce not only abdominal pain but pain that moves to your back or right shoulder blade. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Baseball injury. Dove back into bag headfirst. Shoulder pain. Trainer pulled down on arm and clicking noise occurs. Any idea if this may be severe?

Baseball injury. Dove back into bag headfirst. Shoulder pain. Trainer pulled down on arm and clicking noise occurs. Any idea if this may be severe?

Shoulder pain: After sports injury. The only way to know what is happening is to see your doc. If treatment is needed getting it early will prevent more damage. These things can catch up w/you later. Be safe. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Miserable arm and shoulder pain, what is this? Caucasian female age 49 thanksgiving morning I woke up with a pain in my upper left back. Since then intermittent - daily - pain on that side ranging from shoulder to elbow, left arm has intense tingling an

Miserable arm and shoulder pain, what is this? Caucasian female age 49 thanksgiving morning I woke up with a pain in my upper left back. Since then intermittent - daily - pain on that side ranging from shoulder to elbow, left arm has intense tingling an

See orthopod: Could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. A herniated disk in the neck could be causing your symptoms. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Woke up with a terrible headache, got back to sleep. Woke up again with severe right arm/shoulder pain with no ease?

See below: Do you have any neck pain? Acute neck pain can cause headaches and may suggest that a disc in your neck is irritated which can also compress one of the nerves causing the arm pain you mentioned. If you notice any changes in your vision, speech, or if you have any significant weakness see your physician as soon as possible ...Read more

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Having shoulder pain on rt side. Can't move arm certain ways or I get sharp severe pain also muscles in upper back hurt all the time. What is wrong?

Having shoulder pain on rt side. Can't move arm certain ways or I get sharp severe pain also muscles in upper back hurt all the time. What is wrong?

Neck or rotator cuff: Could be a nerve root injury, a rotator cuff strain or an injury to paraspinal muscles. Would recommend initial evaluation by a pcp and then possible referral to an orthopedic surgeon. ...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 have right shoulder pain that radiates in the back and down arms. What could it be? Would dehydration cause this?

Doubt dehydration: It should not cause right shoulder pain. However, other options include shoulder problem if moving the shoulder changes the pain. Otherwise, it could be related to lung problem, diaphragm, or upper abdominal problem that irritates the diaphragm and radiates pain. Need to see your doctor for x ray and physical exam. ...Read more

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I have three compression fractures in my back and now havin neck and shoulder pain running down my arm what causes this? None

I have three compression fractures in my back and now havin neck and shoulder pain running down my arm what causes this? None

If: If you have compression fractures, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease in your back, it's likely the same processes are occurring in your neck. When the nerve roots in your neck are pinched or irritated by bulging discs or osteophytes (bone spurs), you could have pain, numbness or other sensations in your arms and hands. (it's like having sciatica in your arms.) if left untreated, you could eventually develop weakness in your upper extremities.
See your doctor about these symptoms. He/she may want to arrange an MRI of your neck.
Good luck! ...Read more

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R shoulder pain, can't lift arm completly, upper spine really hurt=stabbing pain, sometimes, my arms gets numb. Cant stay in the same position. Help?

Neurologic source: You should see your physician. Several different conditions can present with these symptoms, from cardiac to orthopedic to neurologic. ...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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Left shoulder pain that radiates from upper back to arm, armpit and upper spinal cord with burning sensation?

Possible disc issue: Pain in this area can come from various places including the shoulder (rotator cuff), the neck (cervical disc herniation), and even heart or stomach problems. You should see a physicians for evaluation for these problems. ...Read more

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Severe right shoulder pain, hurts to breathe cough, laugh, do anything pretty much. My whole right shoulder blade area and makes my arm feel heavy?

Sounds muscular but: While this sounds muscular, the diffuculty breathing makes me worry about any possible lung involvement. You need to be evaluated by your primary care to rule out pulmonary disease then decide on proper evaluation of your pain. ...Read more