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I have unexplained shoulder, arm, and neck pain. Done 4 mri's, emg, and x-rays; all neg for causes. Done pt, cortisone/cervical epidural. Help?

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Agree with Rheum App

Could be a pain syndrome like fibromyalgia or a complex regional pain syndrome.
A good rheumatologic exam is important. Certain medications that are directed to this type of pain may be the solution for you as long as there are no other mechanical reasons for pain, like arthritis.

In brief: Agree with Rheum App

Could be a pain syndrome like fibromyalgia or a complex regional pain syndrome.
A good rheumatologic exam is important. Certain medications that are directed to this type of pain may be the solution for you as long as there are no other mechanical reasons for pain, like arthritis.
Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Seek pain physician

So far the cause of your symptoms has not been diagnosed (or you would be better).
To discover the cause, find a physician who can correctly perform diagnostic spinal injections. He/she will listen to the history of your problem and come up with a possible diagnosis. Then a specific structure within the spine can be anesthetized (numbed). If this relieves the pain, you have the answer.

In brief: Seek pain physician

So far the cause of your symptoms has not been diagnosed (or you would be better).
To discover the cause, find a physician who can correctly perform diagnostic spinal injections. He/she will listen to the history of your problem and come up with a possible diagnosis. Then a specific structure within the spine can be anesthetized (numbed). If this relieves the pain, you have the answer.
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unexplained pain

I would suggest a battery of blood tests to rule out a rheumatology problem. This can be done by your primary care doctor. Also, a review medications you may be taking.
Some of the cholesterol lowering drugs have musculoskeletal side effects.

In brief: Unexplained pain

I would suggest a battery of blood tests to rule out a rheumatology problem. This can be done by your primary care doctor. Also, a review medications you may be taking.
Some of the cholesterol lowering drugs have musculoskeletal side effects.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Myofascial pain?

You might have myofascial pain, which is muscle-based pain that can radiate into a limb.
Symptoms include aching, burning and stiffness in the neck and shoulder girdle (around the shoulder blade) which can radiate into the arm/hand. It can be caused by whiplash and other injuries. It can be very difficult to treat once it has been present for a long time. A physiatrist can make the diagnosis.

In brief: Myofascial pain?

You might have myofascial pain, which is muscle-based pain that can radiate into a limb.
Symptoms include aching, burning and stiffness in the neck and shoulder girdle (around the shoulder blade) which can radiate into the arm/hand. It can be caused by whiplash and other injuries. It can be very difficult to treat once it has been present for a long time. A physiatrist can make the diagnosis.
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: See a rheumatologist

Sounds like the diagnosis is the problem. You need to see a rheumatologist.

In brief: See a rheumatologist

Sounds like the diagnosis is the problem. You need to see a rheumatologist.
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