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Doctor insights on: Trapezius Muscle Pain Causes

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Shoulder pain. Chest CT clear. Can move shoulder fine. Dr says knots on my trapezius muscle are causing pain in shoulder, elbow, wrist. Knots do this?

Shoulder pain. Chest CT clear. Can move shoulder fine. Dr says knots on my trapezius muscle are causing pain in shoulder, elbow, wrist. Knots do this?

See physiatrist: Knots in the trapezius can cause those symptoms- as can other knots in the scapula thoracic region (in particular, infraspinatis, teres, levator scapula, and/or scalenes). See physiatrist to treat (and rule out a spinal cause). Treatment may include physical therapy to change movement patterns, topical muscle relaxants, massage, and/or trigger point injections/acupuncture. ...Read more

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6 mos. Ago I tore my left trapezius muscle. Pain still occurs in my back and arms. My left arm is numb. Is there something wrong other than the tear?

6 mos. Ago I tore my left trapezius muscle. Pain still occurs in my back and arms. My left arm is numb. Is there something wrong other than the tear?

Left arm numb: Yes. You must have suffered more than just a torn trapezius. Possibly injury to the brachial plexus. May benefit from an MRI. ...Read more

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What causes trapezius muscle spasms to keep coming back?

What causes trapezius muscle spasms to keep coming back?

Muscle weakness: I have found that a muscle strengthening and stretching program have worked tremendously in preventing the return of trapezius muscle pain. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a trapezius muscle sprain?

What is the recovery time for a trapezius muscle sprain?

Strain: If truly a strain, it depends upon severity: a few days up to a month. If pain not going away, check for disc or postural problems. ...Read more

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Area on trapezius muscle that shoots pain up neck and down arm when touched. Is this a muscular or nerve issue?

Area on trapezius muscle that shoots pain up neck and down arm when touched. Is this a muscular or nerve issue?

Muscle pain: Myofascial trigger points are areas of intense spasm that occur in muscles that are stressed and dysfunctional. They can refer pain to other areas and can be confused with "pinched nerves " ...Read more

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I get the worst trapezius muscle spasms and pain between my shoulder blades getting harder and harder to hold my head up. What could be causing it?

I get the worst trapezius muscle spasms and pain between my shoulder blades getting harder and harder to hold my head up. What could be causing it?

Need a vacation: Myofascial Pain Syndrome: get a massage. Consider a professional counselor to address those things in your life that you do have control over, and change what you can. Cheaper to go on that perfect vacation than counseling. To love other must first respect self and believe you are worthy of good for you. Then give from reserve.

https://www. Spine-health. Com/video/myofascial-pain-syndrome-video ...Read more

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Trapezius muscle spasams that fire off into my neck and head on the left side. I have had all type of injections and muscle relaxers prescribed n/work?

Trapezius muscle spasams that fire off into my neck and head on the left side. I have had all type of injections and muscle relaxers prescribed n/work?

Well!: If u have been well worked up these occipital ha can b treated with Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) (generic), & check with ur md & c what he thinks. It is a controlled substance so beware of abuse. ...Read more

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Trapezius muscle tightness. What should I do?

See your doctor: 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. ...Read more

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Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Depends: This totally depends on the cause of your neck pain. Strengthening the muscles supporting your neck can help the pain but strengthening some but not all of these muscles can make it worse. You need to work with a physician and/or physical therapist and craft a specific plan to treat the specific cause of your neck pain. ...Read more

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Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Can exercises to build up the trapezius muscle exacerbate neck pain?

Yes: If you have an underlying painful neck condition, i.E degenerative disc disease/pinched nerve/disc bulge; performing aggressive trapezius strengthening exercises can aggravate it. Try and do strengthening exercises with out weights. Consider working with a knowledgable physical therapist to make sure you are doing the appropriate exercises. Discuss with your md if pt is recommended. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can working out your chest help alleviate pain of a strained trapezius muscle?

Hello docs. I was wondering can working out your chest help alleviate pain of a strained trapezius muscle?

Yes. That is a fact: And doing stretching exercises with massage of the trapezius muscle would greatly help. Supervision of a therapist with us would also be helpful.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I recently had my trapezius muscle sewn back together after it separated from the cervical spine and now it feels like it happened again is it possibl?

I recently had my trapezius muscle sewn back together after it separated from the cervical spine and now it feels like it happened again is it possibl?

Depends on how long-: -ago it was done. If recent & the symptoms R the same it's very possible. Make a call 2 Ur surgeon & B checked out. ...Read more

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Will massaging the trapezius muscle reduce its size?

Will massaging the trapezius muscle reduce its size?

No: Massage may help alleviate muscle tension or trigger points, but overall it will not decrease a muscle's size. ...Read more

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What are some good isotonic exercises for the trapezius muscle?

Her my answer: I like to do dumbell shrugs, and upright rows to work my traps. ...Read more

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How can you relieve pain from a sprained trapezius muscle?

How can you relieve pain from a sprained trapezius muscle?

Acupuncture: Agree w dr. Joe. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation & pain and accelerate healing for a trap injury. ...Read more

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Where is the liver relative to the trapezius muscle?

Where is the liver relative to the trapezius muscle?

Anatomy: The liver is a very large organ located in the right upper quadrant of your abdomen (just under the right ribcage). The trapezius muscles are two large triangular muscles on each side of the back of your neck, extending to your shoulders and into your upper back. ...Read more

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Are there lymph nodes in shoulders? Trapezius muscle?

Muscle: Not in the trapezius muscle. Inferior to the scapula, yes. There are many other sites - arm, arm pit, legs, etc. Is this a self diagnosis? See your family doc for assistance. ...Read more

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After a open acj excision how long roughly will it take for the deltoid/trapezius muscle to heal?

AC excision: Tissue is made of collagen, which takes 6 weeks to heal. Muscle strengthening may take longer, depending upon your effort & motivation. ...Read more

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I pulled my trapezius muscle 5 months again. Still getting a lot of snapping from the tendons/ligaments. Is this normal and how long before that stops

Not normal: Any minor issues should be resolved long ago. With continued problems you should have the issue evaluated by an orthopedist. If there is no pain, then I would suggest ignoring the snapping. ...Read more

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I keep having a reoccurrence of trapezius muscle spasms where it's tight in my shoulder and neck, what could keep causing it?

Cervical spine issue: Muscle spasm is often a secondary response to another problem. It that area, cervical disc issues and/or facet joint problems could be causing the muscles to spasm. Alternatively, repetitive activity or poor posture could be placing excessive strain on these muscles, causing them to spasm. Ice/heat and NSAIDs can relieve symptoms, but working w/ a physician and/or PT can help discover the cause. ...Read more

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Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?

Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?

Neck Bump: Any "bump" present this long needs further evaluation. Most bumps due to infections of the upper respiratory tract resolve within a few weeks of the infection. A bump present longer than a couple of months needs urgent evaluation. Go see your doctor. You may need to see an ent. ...Read more

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Pea sized lump on trapezius muscle, on shoulder/upper back not neck, hard, immobile and painless, feels like it's attached to the muscle, what is it??

Pea sized lump on trapezius muscle, on shoulder/upper back not neck, hard, immobile and painless, feels like it's attached to the muscle, what is it??

Trigger point?: Could be a lymph node, an area of muscle fibers that contracted and formed a small mass (overuse or after trauma) and/or may represent a "knot" or trigger point that can respond to tissue massage. If not growing or and painless ok to observe;get it checked out if growing/painful or persists (to make sure it's not something serious like a malignant growth) ...Read more

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I have severe burning that comes and goes in my trapezius muscle area, solely on the left side. What can this be?

The Trapezius Trap: This is a very common site for muscle tension and pain from stress, exercise, poor posture or sitting too long at the computer (or TV, or at the microscope or as a dental hygienist, or staring for hours into a gopher hole...). Short of that, anything more serious would be way down the list, so see if you can massage-out the pain, apply heat, use Motrin and readjust your sitting &standing postures. ...Read more

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Is it common for right trapezius muscle to be bigger on right? I don't exercise. My upper back on right has been hurting for one year. Ct chest clear

Are you right handed: That may be the most simple answer. If you are right handed, you perform more movements, carry more things, and generally work out your right arm and shoulder more than your left, which could easily account for some muscle asymmetry, right side larger than left.

Ct of the chest probably included most of the trapezius muscles, and could be reviewed to look for any problems (unlikely). ...Read more

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I have severe trapezius muscle spasms...unbearable pain some days. Taking methocarbamol 500mg & Oxycodone 10mg. Not helping enough- any suggestions? I

Diagnosis: It really all comes down to the specific diagnosis. Long term narcotics would not be a good idea. Most common cause is an undeyinh structural problem in the spine such as a "pinched nerve" or a symptomatic facet joint. Other possibility us cervical dystonia. Either way, an accurate diagnosis and initiation of treatment specific to cause would be helpful. ...Read more

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My trapezius muscle hurts, how can I find some relief for them?

Trapezius pain: May be muscle spasm from carrying things on one side more than the other. Try alternating arms. Use moist heat to neck & shoulders. Have friend/partner/massage therapist massage neck & shoulders. Do range-of-motion stretching exercises for neck & shoulders. If no improvement, see doc. ...Read more

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Went to the docs as had bad back pain was diagnosed as having sprained my trapezius muscle. Had chest pain for 8 hours, feeling drowsy and light heade?

Went to the docs as had bad back pain was diagnosed as having sprained my trapezius muscle. Had chest pain for 8 hours, feeling drowsy and light heade?

Very consistent: If the doctor gave you a muscke relaxant and a pain pillyou would be drowsy. Also just the stress of straining that large muscle group would wipe you out. Just continue to do what the doctor said and you will slowly get better ...Read more

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What is done for a trapezius muscle that spasms constantly at the top of the shoulder/neck area? No muscle relaxer helps, tried Soma (carisoprodol) and flexaril

What is done for a trapezius muscle that spasms constantly at the top of the shoulder/neck area? No muscle relaxer helps, tried Soma (carisoprodol) and flexaril

Massage: Start with massage therapy. Ultrasound treatment, low dose Valium, acupuncture, and chiropractic are options. There are other meds and therapies. At some ponit you may need to see a specialist (neurologist, physical medicine and rehab doctor) The trapeizus is innervated by the upper cervical nerves and the spinal accessory nerve (`cranial nerve XI). There are many uncommon problems that can occur ...Read more

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Soreness in trapezius muscle with numbness & tingling in arm and hand. Is a massage good for this? What else?

Soreness in trapezius muscle with numbness & tingling in arm and hand. Is a massage good for this? What else?

Heat, nsaid: Try a moist warm/hot towel or heating pad, try Ibuprofen or other nsaid. Sometimes a gentle massage to the muscles can be helpful....if your symptoms persist see your physician for examination. Neck problems (disc) and peripheral nerve (carpal and cubital tunnel) entrapment are fairly common. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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I have a hard, movable lump on my trapezius muscle at the base of my neck. Doctor 1 said lipoma, 2 said lymph node, neither did more than feel it.

I have a hard, movable lump on my trapezius muscle at the base of my neck. Doctor 1 said lipoma, 2 said lymph node, neither did more than feel it.

Neck lump: A palpable mass under the skin or muscle of the neck or anywhere on the body could represent a myriad of possible lesions. Lipomas (benign fatty tumors) or lymph nodes represent two of these possibilities. Diagnosis with certainty can only be made with excisional biopsy (removing lump). See a general surgeon for an opinion and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my right shoulder blade (trapezius muscle I believe). Hurts most to move arm, and laugh/sigh deeply/etc, but also hurts without movement?

Have it checked out: It may be a good idea to go to an osteopathic physician, and have you checked out structurally and treated osteopathically. It would be good to see if it is of musculoskeletal cause or not, especially around the rotary cuff. S/he might need to do further imaging to see what is happening. ...Read more

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Can the trapezius muscle make you have chest pain, arm pain? My doctor and he said it's strained. I have flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) to help it? What else can I do.

Yes: It can. Flexeril is a muscle relaxant but not a good pain reliever. You should rest, apply heat, get a message, have physical therapy, consider Yoga, and OTC analgesics may be helpful. You list Advil (ibuprofen). If that doesn't help, try Naproxen 2 tabs twice day with food. (caution: can cause stomach upset). Time is your best ally. ...Read more

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What would cause a sudden muscle pain and tear type sound near the upper back, right under the shoulder blade. Would it be the rhomboid or trapezius?

Shoulder pain: 29 year old gentleman with sudden pain under the shoulder blade and audible tear. You need a full exam from an orthopaedic surgeon. If you mean the pain was underneath your scapula, the muscle underneath it is called the subscapularis. Tears involving this muscle or its tendon are detected using the lift off test. However, you need a full exam not clear on here. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have burning and pain in what I believe is my trapezius muscle. It feels like hot coals on my muscles. Also I have numbness in my shoulder blades.?

Signs of shingles.: These can be the heralding signs of shingles. The rash usually appears after three days of pain and numbness. If treated within 48 hours of onset of symptoms, the outcome is better. You need to contact your physician as soon as possible. If you cannot contact your physician, the emergency department will always see such cases. You will need to go there. ...Read more

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Are <1cm soft lymph nodes in front of trapezius muscle (where neck meets shoulder) considered dangerous in children? History of allergy and >4uri/year

Are <1cm soft lymph nodes in front of trapezius muscle (where neck meets shoulder) considered dangerous in children? History of allergy and >4uri/year

See below: Children often have what we call shotty lymph nodes. They are normally small, mobile, and non tender. There is no concern with theses nodes.. ...Read more

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Swollen trapezius muscle, tightness in the side of my neck with tingling all the way up to my head and face. Shoulder pain and chest pain under the c?

Swollen trapezius muscle, tightness in the side of my neck with tingling all the way up to my head and face. Shoulder pain and chest pain under the c?

Neck &shoulder pain: Your age?
Any exercise related? Or any strenuous activity to trigger this episode?!
Sometimes arrival of shingles
try local moist heat to affected area
I f no relief, see your physician. ...Read more

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I am 7 weeks pregnant and having real bad pain in trapezius muscle. Can't sleep at all real bad burning pain tingling all the way down my arm.

Needs Evaluation: Although these kind of symptoms generally are musculoskeletal in origin and self-limited, in your situation I would seek medical evaluation. AVOID NSAID-type medicine like Ibuprofen, Aleve, (naproxen) or Aspirin and see your doctor. ...Read more

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