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Knotted left upper back;pain shoots around left ribs as well as left shoulder, upper arm down into elbow, sometimes neck, nothing swollen, is this nerve?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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In brief: Nerves "shoot"

The pattern described is commonly seen with irritation of cervical nerve root impingement, possibly c4 and c5 in this case.
Brachial plexopathy can cause a similar pattern, but usually see numbness, weakness, tingling, or burning with this, often times the symptoms reported improve after the muscle spasm is treated. If not, see your doctor for an evaluation.

In brief: Nerves "shoot"

The pattern described is commonly seen with irritation of cervical nerve root impingement, possibly c4 and c5 in this case.
Brachial plexopathy can cause a similar pattern, but usually see numbness, weakness, tingling, or burning with this, often times the symptoms reported improve after the muscle spasm is treated. If not, see your doctor for an evaluation.
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