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Left shoulder pain when reach behind/across body, lay on left side/on back at night what could this be? It's been happening about a month after accident

Left shoulder pain when reach behind/across body, lay on left side/on back at night what could this be? It's been happening about a month after accident

Do Some Research: This sounds like a "classic" case of a rotator cuff problem. That is, the tendons that move and/or stabilize the shoulder. If you're careful, it can heal on its own, but if there's been no progress after 4-6 months, go see an orthopedic doctor. Before that, avoid straining above shoulder height. Look on the internet for stretching and mobilizing exercises, use Motrin and apply ice after activity.

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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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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.!

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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.

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A sharp pain from my ribs to spine and right behind my shoulder pain is 7/10 my mom says its my posture but I must disagree and my xray shows nothing?

A sharp pain from my ribs to spine and right behind my shoulder pain is 7/10 my mom says its my posture but I must disagree and my xray shows nothing?

May be msucular: Is it painful to touch? This could be muscular. Your physician should be able to clarify this for you.

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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

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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.

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I have back & shoulder pain, what would I have to do?

Antiinflammatory med: Depending on how long you have had back and sholder pain most of these back and shoulder pains can be caused by inflammation in muscles in that region and will get better with anti inlammatory pain meds and/or message etc. But if the pain persists than you need to consult your doctors as it may be bue to tendinitis, bursitis and/or disc problems in spine, .

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What kind of medication should I get for back and shoulder pain?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively.

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How could I cure my shoulder pain and what is wrong with my back?

How could I cure my shoulder pain and what is wrong with my back?

Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapular nerve, we also see many patients with occult shoulder pathology have referred pain to this area. Patients who are very flexible can also have occult shoulder instability refer pain to this area. Please consider seeing your doctor.

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Are back and shoulder pain always caused by the same thing or can they not be related?

Are back and shoulder pain always caused by the same thing or can they not be related?

May not be related: Shoulder and neck pain may or may not be related. If it is related it is probably because of a pinched nerve in the neck (we call that cervical radiculopathy) that is referring pain to the shoulder. However a person can definitely have two things separately going on but usually it does not start at the same time. Meaning one usually started before the other.

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Back and shoulder pain for a month! Please help, any tips or advice greatly appreciated?

Back and shoulder pain for a month! Please help, any tips or advice greatly appreciated?

Pain & shoulder pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. .. Shoulder pain can be caused by arthritis, ligament injury, tendon tears, muscle strain. .. If your pain persists, seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation.

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I have back and shoulder pain for a month! What can I do, any tips or advice greatly appreciated.?

I have back and shoulder pain for a month! What can I do, any tips or advice greatly appreciated.?

See a doctor: A prolotherapy doctor can sort out the source of the pain and resolve the problem. Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to find a doctor to best help you.

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I'm having back and shoulder pain on my right side. It's been there for a couple of weeks. It's more painful on some days.

Can't diagnose: This may be musculo skeletal in nature but there isn't a way to say with the available info.

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Can upper back/shoulder pain be relieved? If so, how?

Can upper back/shoulder pain be relieved? If so, how?

Pain Assessment.: Unfortunately, although this is a simple question the answer is not. The key to treatment is an appropriate evaluation, the making of a diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan for that diagnosis. Most pain is self limiting and resolves shortly. Persistent pain requires an evaluation by an appropriately trained provider.

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What could cause back of shoulder pain extending to neck?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.

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What is causing my horrible upper back and shoulder pain?

Variable: Would start with an internist to evaluate lungs and internal structures. If nothing there move to an orthopaedic dr. Can be a spine or a shoulder problem. May even be postural from the computer. Can be referred from cervical spine. Too many possibilities.

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I have back of shoulder pain extending to neck, what to do?

I have back of shoulder pain extending to neck, what to do?

Neck: Herniated cervical (neck) disc could irritate nerve to shoulder. If pain happens with shoulder movement then could be ligament issue.

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What's going on? Back left head and shoulder pain for a couple days now?

What's going on? Back left head and shoulder pain for a couple days now?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment.