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Dr. Robert Sterling
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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

Dr. Robert Sterling
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
40 years in practice
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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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. David Trettin
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
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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?

Dr. David Trettin
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jack Choueka
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Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Dr. Jack Choueka
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How could i cure my shoulder pain and what is wrong with my back?

Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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I have back & shoulder pain , what would I have to do?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
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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, . ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Pain Management
22 years in practice
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What can I get for back and shoulder pain?

Dr. David J. Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Pain Management
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What can I get for back and shoulder pain?

See below: Start with heat, rest and otc nsaids. Your pcp can prescribe a muscle relaxer if needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Le
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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Back and shoulder pain for a month! please help, any tips or advice greatly appreciated?

Dr. Brian Le
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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What kind of medication should I get for back and shoulder pain?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
143M people helped
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. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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