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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. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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Head, neck and shoulder pain along with stiffiness. What do you suggest?

Head, neck and shoulder pain along with stiffiness. What do you suggest?

Orthopaedic Surg: I would find a good orthopaedic surgeon in your area and get evaluated. A variety of things could be causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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What must id do with terrible shoulder pain? i cant lift my arm above my head

What must id do with terrible shoulder pain? i cant lift my arm above my head

Need evaluation. : Not only would we need more information about what’s going on with your shoulder, but I think it would be wise if you got a formal physical examination locally with an orthopedist. Is this new, or has it been this way for a while? Was there any trauma involved? Depending on answers to these questions, you might at least need an x-ray if not an MRI. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my shoulder pain goes away when raising arm above head?

Ss muscle tendonitis: The Supraspinatus, Ss, muscle of the superior shoulder region functions to lift the shoulder overhead. An injured Ss muscle has relaxation & relief of pain in arm abduction & pain arousal in adduction, as the arm weighs about 20#, & exquisite pain at the sudden drop of a "dead arm"; impinging a previously traumatized Supraspinatus tendon, which inserts on the rotator cuff. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain at end of range of motion behind head. Have had for over a year, very slowly getting better. ?

Shoulder pain at end of range of motion behind head. Have had for over a year, very slowly getting better. ?

Suspect bursitis.: People can have a bursitis with pain at end of range of motion. Usually slowly will get better. If not seen a doctor , please go and see on . Need films and maybe injection or PT. ...Read more

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Left side of top of head pain iwent to dr.He give me ketonal?Why this pain help?I can sleep pain is not hard. Could be from shoulder pain.? Ihv prb bf

Left side of top of head pain iwent to dr.He give me ketonal?Why this pain help?I can sleep pain is not hard. Could be from shoulder pain.? Ihv prb bf

Ketoprofen: Ketsonal contains ketoprofen which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is used to treat pain and inflammation. The rest of your questions should be directed to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have slight shoulder pain when raising my arm above my head and doing pressing movements. What is this?

I have slight shoulder pain when raising my arm above my head and doing pressing movements.  What is this?

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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It pains only when i touch, near lateral head triceps brachii. Is it fibromyalgia? Can this be the cause for the referred shoulder pain?

It pains only when i touch, near lateral head triceps brachii. Is it fibromyalgia? Can this be the cause for the referred shoulder pain?

Local myalgia: Muscle co-contraction (i.e., muscle splinting) is a reflex protective response that is mediated through the cns. It results in muscle tightening (i.e., guarding) to protect the injured part. Usually there is no pain until the injured part is moved. To be included in the diagnosis of fm, the pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain x4h, dropped ~1 inch lower than than other side, mobility/function limited, mild scapular pain. Cannot lift arm over head. thoughts?

Shoulder pain x4h, dropped ~1 inch lower than than other side, mobility/function limited, mild scapular pain. Cannot lift arm over head. thoughts?

Shoulderpain: Tough to say without examining you. Your symptoms sound as if you at least strained one of your ligaments in your shoulder, with a possible co-existing Muscle strain of your scapula. See your doctor for an evaluation and proper diagnosis to assure you get the best advice and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop shoulder pain that i've had for 6 months but got worse 2 weeks ago (w/ headaches) when i fell on it/head while playing football?

Chronic pain: Hi Kylie, in order to help your shoulder to heal you should get a correct diagnosis. If your shoulder hurt after 6 months from the injury day that means you probably tore partially one of the ligaments or other anatomical structures and it can't heal on its own. I would recommend to see sports medicine doctor , get imaging and then treat it . And avoid activities that worsen your pain ...Read more

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I have severe neck and shoulder pain with inability to lift left arm above head. Any ideas out there?

I have severe neck and shoulder pain with inability to lift left arm above head. Any ideas out there?

R/O ARTHRITIS/HNP: R/O OSTEOARTHRITIS OF NECK/HNP. You need a full exam AND FOCUSED NEURO EXAM and lab workup including TFTS /vitD/ Lyme titers /MRI to be through. Also GF diet wholeApproach. Com. And start vitamin supplements. Glucosamine/krill oil/ubiquinol/resveretrol rejuvenation-science.com. &eval for PT and strengthening. PMR EVAL FOR PRP/PROLTHERAPY/STEROID EPIDURAL INJECTION. Then reevaluate. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain, feeling of numbness at the left part of head and neck, shoulder blade feeling of needle pins esp. When i worry so much?

Shoulder pain, feeling of numbness at the left part of head and neck, shoulder blade feeling of needle pins esp. When i worry so much?

See a doctor: The symptoms you describe might resolve spontaneously. However, you symptoms are consistent with cervical nerve root impingement. Therefore, it would be wise for you to see your doctor for an evaluation and possible referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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I've got really bad lower back pain n it go's down one side more then the other am all so very light head got top shoulder pain it hurts to move?

See your physician.: Low back pain is a common complaint. When associated with other symptoms, it may be a good idea to talk to your physician to see if an imaging study like an MRI would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Jumped wrong, sharp pain from neck into head. For a month, upper back, neck and shoulder pain. When back moved, sharp pain from sh/blade to chest. ?

Jumped wrong, sharp pain from neck into head. For a month, upper back, neck and shoulder pain. When back moved, sharp pain from sh/blade to chest. ?

Possibly from a: Pinched nerve from a slipped disc. Your dr may consider doing an xray and MRI of your cervical and thoracic spine to confirm this. God bless u! ...Read more

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Headache for 6 days. Pain in the back of my head on the right along w/ neck and shoulder pain. Also hurts at temples. Been stressed. What should I do?

Headache for 6 days. Pain in the back of my head on the right along w/ neck and shoulder pain. Also hurts at temples. Been stressed. What should I do?

Get going: Six days of a headache is too long. Unable to cope with stress can be unhealthy too. Add tylenol/acetaminophen to the ibuprofen, heat and stretch to your neck, and see your physician or a chiropractor soon. Don't forget about your dental health, as jaw clenching can contribute to headaches on one side. ...Read more

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I have a lot of neck/shoulder pain.Neck rotation reduced.Sometime feels like head 2 heavy 4 neck 2 support. Mri show bulging disc x 3. Can do anything?

NSAIDs can help: As well as epidural spine injections. Sometimes physical therapy helps as well. If you start to get neurological symptoms numbness tingling weakness i would consult with a spine md. ...Read more

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Neck pain, shoulder pain, and spine pain after hitting my head?

Neck pain, shoulder pain, and spine pain after hitting my head?

ER for CT/xrays: If you experienced unconsciousness even for a brief interval, it would be best to be seen by a physician right away. You may need a head CT to rule out trauma-related problems such as bleeding and swelling. At the ER, they can also prescribe pain medications as necessary. It must have been a significant blow to the head to cause neck, shoulder, and spine pain, too. ...Read more

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What causes short sharp pain in head? It is accompanied with shoulder pain and neck pain

What causes short sharp pain in head? It is accompanied with shoulder pain and neck pain

Pinched nerve?: Could be many things, but short bursts of radiating pain including the neck and arm (shoulder) can indicate a pinched nerve. If the problem persists for 2 weeks or more see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Turned my neck and felt a shock up left side of neck and head. Now I have a dull headache and shoulder pain that goes away with sleep or walking.

Turned my neck and felt a shock up left side of neck and head. Now I have a dull headache and shoulder pain that goes away with sleep or walking.

Could be muscle pull: Could be muscle pull. The other thing to consider is osme type of nerve injury.Since you just did it teh first move would be to try some ice for the 1st 24 -36 hours and if it is after that try heat ...Read more

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I am getting light headed a lot & have started to have constant head aches, & shoulder pain that radiates through my face and shoulder. Please help?

I am getting light headed a lot & have started to have  constant head aches, & shoulder pain that radiates through my face and shoulder. Please help?

Complex: You need to see a doctor to find out what is wrong. Could be caused by several different things, including migraines, cervical spine disease, or psychological problems with anxiety. ...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 intense neck and shoulder pain. Can't move my head, breathe, cough, or sneeze without severe pain?

I have intense neck and shoulder pain. Can't move my head, breathe, cough, or sneeze without severe pain?

Need to see you doc!: If your pain is this intense then go see a physician. Did your neck and shoulder pain start gradually, suddenly or was there a precipitating cause? There could be something going on your cervical spine. But it is still best to have your self evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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~2 wks mild pain in R shoulder. pain got much worse when arms above head pulling shirt off, now sharp pain in shoulder lift arm some ways. Ideas?

~2 wks mild pain in R shoulder.  pain got much worse when arms above head pulling shirt off, now sharp pain in shoulder lift arm some ways. Ideas?

Rc tendinitis or...: Bursitis. You most likely flared up your rotator cuff. As a result overhead activity hurts because your rotator cuff bangs against your shoulder blade (acrimonious) and causes impingement. Limit your overhead activity, get on some nsaids for a few days and Ice. If. It better you might need some guided PT or a cortisone injection. ...Read more