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Uneven Shoulders Neck Pain
Depends on the cause: It depends on why you have this pain. If its from excercise, you may need a good stretching routine. If its from hunching over a desk all day, it could be a question of improving your posture. For acute pain however, I have found heating pads with or without ibuprofen/motrin/aleve to be helpful. Acupuncture & chiropractic are also helpful. For chronic pain, physical therapy may be very beneficial. ...Read more
Joint arthritis: Most often, chronic neck pain comes from chronic inflammation and arthritic changes in the facet joints of the vertebrae of the neck. The pain frequently refers to the shoulder and even down the arm. Anti-inflammatory medications, and when needed, injections of the painful joints of the neck can help quite a bit. Ask your doctor about these options. ...Read more
Ergonomics: Evaluate your posture and mechanics while you are at work. You may need different chair, props, elbow, wrist, etc. Positioning devices, or a new posture, or a new job if you can't find comfortable positioning. ...Read more
Pillow: Lots of people have poor sleeping conditions. A tall pillow is often responsible for a lot of these problems. Try a lower pillow, and perhaps a firmer mattress. Also, take some anti-inflammatories before going to bed, if your stomach can tolerate it. Good luck, hope it helps! ...Read more
See your doctor: Get evaluated by your doctor. Treatment depends on the specific cause of your symptom. There are various things that could cause those symptoms. Some may be coming from your cervical spine, others from your shoulder, and others have muscular origins, etc. ...Read more
Aquatic exercise: Swim, water aerobics or walking in chest deep water. We are about 80% lighter standing in chest deep water due to buoyancy. This will make exercising easier. Start with an amount that is relatively easy and comfortable, then repeat 4 or more days per week and add a few minutes to the program once a week, initially only add 2-3 mins per week, so you don't over do it. Don't give up and keep moving. ...Read more
Evaluation: Go to your physician for evaluation. After 2 months, if it hasn't gone away, something else needs to be done. ...Read more
What can neck pain be a symptom of? I have had neck pain radiating to my shoulder for nearly a week.
What can I do for chronic shoulder/neck pain? I don't have health insurance and it's been hurting for weeks.
Neck ; shoulder pain: You really have to see a doctor to find out the cause of shoulder and neck pain. You can go to open door type clinic. You need MRI of neck and shoulder. In the mean while you can use Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) plus bengay skin patch daily in between neck and shoulder. Thanks. ...Read more
Recurring neck pain on the right side where back shoulder and neck join. Occurs irregularly. Any particulsr suspect?
Several things: 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
I have a constant neck pain (it goes from my shoulder up to the right side of my neck). If feels good when messaged. What can I do to ease it?
Sounds muscular pain:
And using a Heat pack 2-3 times for 20-30 minutes can certainly help; with gentle, of gradually increasing durations, exercises would help.
Seeing an orthopod would confirm there is no other cause for your symptoms. Taking some Aleve (naproxen) or Advil would be helpful as well. ...Read more
Therapy/medication: Initially a short course of anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and massage can help. Physical therapy can be prescribed to work on posture, gentle exercise, traction and modalities such as heat and ultrasound. Sometimes injections can be used to help decrease the pain and facilitate therapy. See your physician if your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more
Pain: Generalized muscle pain in shoulder & neck region could be from muscle strain due to poor posture, injury or even stress etc. Pins & needles sensation is worrisome for pinched nerve (possible disk herniation or ruptured disk) or peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes or vitamin deficiency among other causes. That's why it's so important to go see your family doctor for thorough evaluation. ...Read more
See Doctor: First try nsaids like ibuprofen, aleve and you can even add some tylenol (acetaminophen) to help with pain. Ice the area for 20 min at a time and see if these help reduce the pain. If this persists longer than a few days, consider seeing your doctor for stronger medications to help. Typically most people get better within a few weeks of an injury. If not better consider further imaging studies to evaluate. ...Read more
See below: Without a history of trauma, neck and shoulder pain can be caused by poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, or an irritated nerve in the neck. Try placing a lumbar support behind your lower back when sitting to help straighten your shoulders. Sit closer to the table and avoid 'hunching' over the plate. If your pain doesn't improve in 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more
Posture: Without a history of trauma, neck and shoulder pain can be caused by poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, or an irritated nerve in the neck. Try placing a lumbar support behind your lower back when sitting to help straighten your shoulders. Sit closer to the table and avoid 'hunching' over the plate. If your pain doesn't improve in 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more
Impossible: Concern for techniques to decrease injuries of certain body parts during rugby is an oxymoron. Physical mayhem absent protective and shielding appliances, as in football for example, begets biomechanical injuries not able to be predicted nor prevented. On the other hand, if the gravitational field could be reduced or eliminated, then the physical dangers of rugby might be markedly reduced. ...Read more
Consult your doctor: Specific treatment will depend on the exact cause of your symptoms. It could be for example a muscular issue versus a spinal issue. Either way, conservative management like anti-inflammatory medication (if okay with your primary care physician), physical therapy can be very helpful in addressing some of these symptoms. Your doctor will guide you through appropriate treatment (s). ...Read more
I'm having neck pain since yesterday on the lower left side of my neck near shoulder. Only 19 yo male?
Acute Neck Pain: Recent onset of pain in the absence of major injury is typically muscular and benign. Trial of rest, ice, nsaid's should help. If not improving then pt including mckenzie exercises could be recommended buy you'll need a doctor's prescription. Usually, symptoms that resolve relatively quickly after onset indicate a benign problem. Give it a couple weeks, and if no better (or if worse) get help. ...Read more
Subsequent to my night's sleep, I suffer from shoulder and neck pain. Should I get a new mattress, what to do?
Possibly: You can try that. Get a firm mattress with a pillow top but make sure your neck is in the neutral position while sleeping. If a side sleeper, make sure your head stays neutral and the pillow isn't too soft or doesn't elevate your head. Either way the mattress should not take the place of you getting evaluated. Go see your doctor. ...Read more
Have slight numbness on my right side shoulder end and also I have neck pain from long time do I have Nervs prob?
Pinched nerve: Neck pain that runs down the arm with or without numbness and tingling sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. This is usually caused by a protruding disc or bone spur touching one of your spinal nerves as it leaves your neck. This can often improve on it's own with rest and anti-inflammatories, but if your pain lasts greater than one week or gets worse see your physician. ...Read more
A few possibilities: Could be strained muscle or injury, nerve inj., infection, spasm, or vertebral or rib dysfunction. Neck muscles attach to ribs, too, so if a rib is out of whack or refuses to move, the muscle gets tight and painful. A good history & physical exam including an osteopathic hands-on exam might find the cause. Manipulation may help. Other treatments may be necessary-but first you need a proper diagnosis. ...Read more
Had neck fusion in 2009. I now have numbness in shoulder and neck pain. Can't lift my head in bed either. What's wrong?
I have been experiencing right lower neck pain that radiates to my right shoulder blade. It feels like my shoulder is constantly pulling?
Neck & shoulder pain: You need a diagnostic work up to know what is happening. Please start by seeing your family doctor. He/she may refer you to a specialist if needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have been experiencing right lower neck pain that radiates to my right shoulder blade. It feels like my shouldst is constantly pulling?
Neck, shoulder pain: May be cervical disc disease/ muscle strain, . Cervical spine MRI can determine the pathology. Steroids short term, motrin like products (if not allergic), muscle relaxants like Flexeril, and nerve meds like gabapentin as well as kinesiotape, and PT (once you know pathology) may help resolve he pain. Vit D l, tumeric (1/2 teaspoon/ day), fish oil 2000 mg /d help as well. F/u/ w/ ortho ...Read more
I have shoulder and neck pain, it is at the base of my head and goes along my neck down along my shoulder and shoulder blade. Like being pushed down?
Muscle spasm.: Absent injury, of which you made no mention, is probably muscle spasm from awkward neck posture while sleeping. Is common in people in thirties and in springtime for some reason. Some think is from cold air coursing over neck while sleeping. Use heating pad while awake to relax neck muscles. Wear a turtleneck to bed. If continues see an osteopath. ...Read more
Relieving shoulder and neck pain possibly due to improper lifting? I lift a lot a work, and now feel a sharp pain between my left shoulder and neck.
Relief: Most likely you gave a shoulder impingement syndrome common in weight lifters including myself. Nsaids ice heat. Less like possibilities include pulled trap muscle or high cervical disc herniation. Physical therapy guided by therapist with stretch bands helpful to counteract. Try to not go as deep with bench or military p. If no better see doc. ...Read more
What are the causes of upper neck pain, shoulder blades, and side of both breasts. 8 months constant. No injury. Only relief I get is when laying down?
See a doctor: Possibly an orthopedic spine surgeon. This may be something in your cervical spine and should be checked out. Should take care of this as soon as feasible. ...Read more
Pinched Nerve: While there are many causes of arm pain and numbness one of the most common causes is cervical radiculopathy. This occurs when one of the nerves leaving the neck gets compressed as it leaves the spine and travels down the arm. Compression may occur due to degenerative/bulging discs or arthritic bone spurs contacting the nerve. See your physician if these symptoms last longer than 2 weeks. ...Read more