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Pinched/Trapped nerve in neck for past 3 years.
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Mfirth3 posted:
Hi my Name is Matt,I am 19 years old and have experienced a dull ache in my right arm, between my shoulder and elbow for the past 3 years.

It has caused me to loose almost any strength endurance in my right arm. Simple tasks like carrying shopping ,lifting items into cupboards have become very painful and can only be sustained for short periods of time.
After using my right arm ,hours after the muscles in my right pectorals and right biceps will tighten up and need stretching out.

I have tried to get medical help over the past 3 years , but until October 2012 where I saw an Osteopath was it brought to my attention that it could be a trapped nerve. Until then I have had diagnosis from Doctors and other Osteopaths that it could be a simple muscle tear in my Bicep ,Tricep or Deltoid ,however after months of resting, ice-ing and compression I had no signs of improvement.

I had asked on numerous occasions for an MRI scan, however, told everytime I have too good movement in my arm and shoulder joints.

Since visiting the osteopath I have had serval deep tissue massages and adjustments made in my back and neck, but after several sessions I have seen no improvement.

After being told it may be a trapped nerve in my neck I have noticed that the right side of my neck is very tight when tilting head towards my left shoulder.
I have also starting stretching my neck daily , Starting sleeping with only 1 pillow at night , Taking magnesium supplements, done exercises to strengthen my back muscles to pull my shoulders back and improve posture but also seen no improvements.

I have subsequently this year had an X-ray on my neck ,but it showed no abnormalities and as a last resort have had around 6-9 sessions with both Normal and Mctinomey Chiropractors to try and solve the problem.

Unfortunately none of this appears to be hitting the route of the problem and recently I have even started to feel a similar sensation in my right leg, which I think may be due to my back compensating for my weak arm which is pulling muscles out of place and causing my hips to rotate.

So my whole right side is now almost redundant.

I was previously a keen sports person competing at both swimming and football(soccer) but both have had to stop completely now due to the pain or lack of endurance in my muscles.

Any help or tips would be gratefully received as this has now become a very depressing problem which is stopping me living my life normally.
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bj1208 responded:
Hi Matt and welcome to the support group -

you are seeing the wrong kind of doctor - you should be seeing either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. They will examine you and possibly order an MRI and/or CT Scan to be done. Once they can review the results they will let you know what the diagnosis is and what treatment
options are available - surgery will always be the last resort unless in emergency circumstances (this doesn't appear to be emergency).

If you have a primary care physician he/she can refer you to a spine specialist (be sure spine specialist) and you can even ask your primary and see if they will order MRI of your entire back (C-Spine T-Spine and L-Spine) as this way they will have a broad view of your spine to see if there is an underlying cause for the pinched nerve - whereas it could be a bulging disc pressing on a nerve root.

when sleeping at nite try using extra pillows - between your knees when sleeping on your sides and under your knees when sleeping on your back. this will help keep the spine more straight and should help with some pains.NEVER sleep on your stomach as this puts more pressure on the back and could cause more damage if discs are bulging.

until you can get into see the spine specialist please stop all therapies. if therapy is needed the spine specialist will write the proper script for it so they will know exactly what exercises to do and show you how to properly do them. taking ibuprofen will help with any inflammation and pains.

please keep us posted what you find out.
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Debsbears responded:
Hi Matt I agree with Joy you need to be seeing a Neurosurgeon.

I had almost the same problems you are having except I also was passing out any time I moved my neck, right arm was numb and painful for months, couldn't move it 4 inches.

I went to one Dr. he refused to do any more tests, he actually told me to go home and live with the pain, there was nothing more they could do for me. So I found neurosurgeon who is rated the best in my state - he took one look at my old MRI from a year earlier and said I needed a new one.

I went and had a new MRI done and sure enough I was not only pinching a nerve in my neck but also crushing my spinal cord in 4 places.

I wore a hard neck brace for 2 months to see if taking pressure off the spinal cord helped, it did I was 90% better - that was a good sign - it mean I was a good candidate for a neck fusion.

So please go get a Neurosurgeon so you can have the proper tests done to see what is really going on. Deb.


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