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I have a painful gland in the back of my neck, stiffness when i turn my head and corresponding shoulder pain. Ideas?

I have a painful gland in the back of my neck, stiffness when i turn my head and corresponding shoulder pain. Ideas?

See below: Neck pain with stiffness usually comes from degenerative changes to the disc or joints. The pain can commonly refer to the head, shoulders, or even shoulder blade. If there is a "pinched nerve" in the neck this can also lead to shoulder blade pain. ...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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Painful period with back and shoulder pain and diarrhea?

Painful period with back and shoulder pain and diarrhea?

Cannot diagnose: The symptoms you have provided may or may not be in sync with one another, and in addition would have to see you face to face and examine you in order to assess this. See your family doctor, and in addition, answers on healthtap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Stretch your muscles
10 Min, Daily, forever
Breathe into the area of pain
Once
Visualize the area in spasm relaxing
Once
Take supplements that support your joints
Daily
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Having shoulder pain last severall wks...Radiates to elbow..Often painful to move &is affecting strength.Causes and sigg. Please?

Having shoulder pain last severall wks...Radiates to elbow..Often painful to move &is affecting strength.Causes and sigg. Please?

Be checked: There are many potential causes and you should consider being checked. Probably the two most common are a rotator cuff tear or a pinched nerve in the neck. If it hurts to raise you arm over your head, rotator is more likely. If it does not make it worse, or even helps to raise arm over head, pinched nerve is more likely. Again, consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have recrring shoulder pain. Exay shows calcium but ortho says no treatment. Vety painful at times.

I have recrring shoulder pain.  Exay shows calcium but ortho says no treatment.  Vety painful at times.

Calcium shoulder: Calcium deposit in shoulder is mostly benign and does not cause pain. When it causes pain, it means it is large, inflamed, pinching rotator cuff bursa or ruptured and leaking. Please apply cold compress, bengay patch, and take ibuprofen. If the pain is severe, get steroid injection. It is recurrent and can be taken out arthroscopically. Pls. Have second ortho opinion. Thanks. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Once
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
Daily
Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
Daily
Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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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?

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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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Get evaluated by a spine specialist
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Walk regularly
30 Min, 3x week, forever
Avoid smoking
Once
Perform gentle back exercises (examples at www.TheRehabZone.com)
20 Min, 3x week, forever
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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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