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Neck , Right shoulder and arm pain
fidogenial posted:

I am 28 year male. I developed neck, shoulder and arm pain about 5 months ago (last week of Jan 2011). I lifted a 80 lb weight in gym I think that's was the cause. In Jan, i had lot of pain (9/10 on scale) while standing and setting in the chair (for 2 weeks) my doctor looking at my MRI scan which showed little bit of bulge in disc in between C5 & C6 - referred me to physiotherapist eventually the pain reduced but didn't become zero... whenever i do any activity using my right arm the pain reoccurs.. Today again after 5 months i went to gym started doing some free weight exercise within 3 hours the pain has become intense it's painful to turn my head to the right or stretch my neck from side to side. the pain is traveling from neck to shoulder and move down the arm.

In between i went chiropractor for 2nd opinion while going to physiotherapist and nothing worked out.

I am wondering it would be problem with the nerve that goes from neck or cervical to arm which has got affected.. I am confused whether should i consult a chiropractor or neurologist for this problem.

Any suggestions would be helpful.

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_swank_ responded:
Absolutely see the neurologist and stay far away from the chiropractor. They are not medical doctors and they should not go anywhere near your neck. Especially without a firm diagnosis.
Kelly_30 replied to _swank_'s response:
Hi fido,

Ditto on what swank said. Stay away from the chiropractors. Get a firm diagnosis from a neurologist and ask the doctor if chiropractic is okay to do. Some injuries the chiropractor can make worse. Don't let them fool you with their cheapo-x-ray-o-matic machines they have. They aren't doctors. Go see a doctor first. Get referrals if necessary from your PCP. A referral to physical therapy may help too as they have traction and spinal decompression techniques that could help the disc slide back into place.

And, I wouldn't lift any more weights until a doctor says it is okay and won't cause further injury.

I don't know if you are a experienced weight lifter or not. If not, after the doctor clears you to lift weights again, consult with a personal trainer on site to show you the proper way to lift weights to prevent future injury. For me, I was doing a lot of the lifting the wrong way, which can lead to back pain.

Take it easy and keep us posted.

Living one day at a time.
annette030 responded:
I would see a neurologist rather than a chiropractor. You may need to rest that arm longer.

Take care, Annette
fidogenial replied to annette030's response:
Now i am thinking of going to Orthopedic surgeon ... one finally question neurologist or Orthopedic surgeon ?

_swank_ replied to fidogenial's response:
It depends on whether the pain is originating in your neck or shoulder. It's really up to you. There is no right answer until you get a diagnosis.
billyf27 responded:
It could be Thoracic Output Syndrome. Check out this messege board.
keeperofthegate replied to billyf27's response:
There is also an issue called cervical facet syndrome. Shows up after a neck injury. Mine was whiplash was 27 yrs ago and left untreated, my parents had no insurance. I suffer severe pain 24/7. Increased by certain exercises or looking to the injured side (while say talking with a friend). Some days I'm frozen and need help lifting my head. Stop working out and don't opt for surgery without many different Drs checking you out. MRI or Ct's should be done. Zip on a chiro but people stop putting them all in a group and saying there whackos. Check out how many years they went to medical school, you'll be shocked. They do have a place in treatment for some people. Good luck
May the Zen Brothers guide your journey though daily meditation.
annette030 replied to fidogenial's response:
I don't think it really matters who you see first, as long as you don't have surgery without seeing the neurologist and getting a notion of all your options before you decide what to do.

Orthopedic surgeons are surgeons, and surgeons tend to think that surgery IS the only option. Just get all your options first, then think about it and decide what to do next.

Take care, Annette
annette030 replied to keeperofthegate's response:
Remember that chiropractors go to chiropractic school,not medical school. Medical school is training for medical doctors.

Although a few may have gone to both chiropractic and medical school, that is not the norm.

I have been to both, but would only go to a chiropractor after being thoroughly diagnosed by an MD, and only for a small group of things.

Take care, Annette
_swank_ replied to keeperofthegate's response:
Chiropractors go to medical school for as many years as someone who has a doctorate in mathematics. That is zero years. They are not medical doctors but Doctors of Chiropractic.Big difference.
Donnaf50 replied to fidogenial's response:
FYI, I don't know how or when I hurt myself other and wear and tear on the body as we get older. I am a nurse and lost use of my left arm in 2008. I was going to a pain clinic at the time trying to find pain relief and when I kept getting worse they finally told me it was time to go to a neurologist. I walked in and the first thing he asked me was how long had it been since I had atrophy (shrinking of the muscle mass in my arms)? It had been a while. Long story short, operated fusing my C4-5 and then I had home physical therapy, couldn't drive for 5 weeks, developed a blood clot at 2 weeks after surgery so they had to open me up again, was off work for 5 months and had extensive physical therapy. Still have occasional pain.

This past Fall developed numbness and tingling in my Right arm bad enough that it woke me up....I found out about the Laser Spinal Institute and went for my free consultation. I had laser surgery on 1/31/11, was back to work in a week and only wore my neck collar for two weeks! That is the way to go if you can afford it. They are located in Scottsdale, AZ, Tampa, FL, and not sure of the other location. I recommend seeing them - if they can help you they will, if not, they will tell you they can't!

Good luck,
Dell42 responded:
have is simulare problem...i was lifting weight (shoulder presses) and slowly... pain started showing up in my left side of neck into my shoulder blade with some numb/pins and needs down my arms....MRI showed buldging disc c6/c7 area...have you been to orthoprdics, neurologist, pain managenment? for me it went away but when i started excercisingagaqin, it returned with a vengance, and has not gone away. my pain is 7/8 on a regulare day. still seeing doctors, physical therapy, and went to chyropractor but left feeling worse...anyway sorry about the sob some stretching the P/T person showed you and dont give up unfortunatley you have to keep going back to the doctors especially if your pain is 9/10...request another MRI and be persistant...if had 4 sesions of steriod injections,3 Physical therapy sesions and im still in pain and i keep going back till someone figurs it out..instead of "you will have to live with your pain" NOT and acceptable answer..let them know...good luck and hit me back if you find some releif or a grammar sucks!

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