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nerve pain in should blade, down right arm, lose of strength
46backpain posted:
46 year old male, 5'9", 220 lb, athletic. I was doing behind the neck military press and felt sharp pain in shoulder blade and down my right arm. it was so intense i couldnt breathe. figured i blew another disc, so i called my surgeon the next day and rushed and got a mri. dr. checked the film and found no spinal problems or herniated discs. he said I probably strained a nerve, gave me a steriod pack and told me to get on with my life. (my job is very physical and my doctor knows this. have had fusion in upper neck and repaired lower disc.). Well, it doesnt seem to be getting any better. my job is 24/7 and dont have the luxury of laying around. the pain starts about half way between my spine and my arm pit in the shoulder area. it runs down my arm in the tricep area, and is very painful at the elbow and between the elbow and wrist. my pinky finger and ring finger are very weak and grip is about 50 percent. Have lost thumb to pinky finger motion and have lost strength in my right arm over all. this morning I couldnt even turn the ignition switch to start my truck. At times there is no pain but still lose of strength. went to my chiroprators house and he said it was a pinched nerve, and basically just take it easy and take some anti inflamation meds.
what i want to know is: where is this nerved pinched at? will my strength come back? will my grip come back? when can i start working out again? Is there any exercises I can do to relieve the pain or unpinch the nerve?
my doctors are great, but are 2 hrs away, and I cant get away from work right know. any answers would be much appriciated.
bj1208 responded:
hi and welcome to the support group -

it's hard to say where the pinched nerve is, strength coming back, working out, exercises, etc., without a proper examination and diagnoses these questions will remain open.

what I would suggest is that you go back to your surgeon (assuming surgeon is a spine specialist) and discuss other tests that can be done (X-ray, CT Scan, EMG Nerve Conduction) to see if anything shows up - especially the EMG Nerve Conduction Test as this will let the doc know if there is any nerve damage and possibly which disc is causing the problems.

if your job requires a lot of physical details then this is only going to aggravate the areas so the sooner you can get in to be examined the sooner you can get an accurate diagnoses.

please keep us posted - take care - Joy
syraphina responded:
finding out where the nerve impingement is exactly is important, to know where the focus needs to be. This usually requires an MRI. the 3 most common ways to fix or relieve the problem are physical therapy, steroid injections or surgery. so a doctor's visit is pretty much required. on the plus side, once the pressure on the nerve is relieved, you will get your muscle stregnth back, and grip. (in my case, the muscle weakness was gone within 48 hours). wish you luck! totally understand hating to make such a long drive to see the doc, but it is worth it as well as necessary.

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