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Left shoulder pain with history of asthma - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi,i was sleeping, i think i made a wrong move and then i felt this extreme pain in my left shoulder like an electric shock that lasted for 5-7 sec. should i go to the emeregncy, i took a parcetamol pill and had my asthma inhaler.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr... here
User :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   May i know your age please?
User :   25
Doctor :   Since when are you having asthma problem?
User :   since i was a kid
Doctor :   Is there family history of asthma?
User :   but my concern is not the asthma as much as my hand
User :   grandpa had asthma
Doctor :   Is the hand still paining or no pain at all?
User :   yup there is pain in the upper left shoulder
User :   esp if i move it backwards
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is this the first time you had this pain?
User :   yup
Doctor :   The pain seems to be related to some abnormal posture.
Doctor :   Did you have any injury or trauma in the past?
User :   in that area
User :   nop
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i had my appendix removed in last december
Doctor :   You can so hot fomentation 3 to 4 times in a day
User :   what is hot fomentation
Doctor :   Also apply some topical ointment like Icy hot
User :   so my pain is related to nerves/muscles
User :   nothing more serious
Doctor :   You can use hot bags filled with war water
Doctor :   *warm water
Doctor :   Yes it seems so
Doctor :   Is the pain radiating to some other area?
User :   nop
Doctor :   It will be relieved in 3 to 5 days but if it persists for long then you need to get it examined.
User :   could it be an insect bite ? like a spider or a bee
Doctor :   Is there any swelling in that area?
Doctor :   Or redness?
User :   let me check
Doctor :   ok
User :   not that much
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Is any amount of swelling present?
User :   cant see swelling
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Then try these measures for relief.
User :   u see once i move my hand to my shoulder level horizontal to ground it hurts in the shoulder
Doctor :   It may be that some muscle pull is there which will be relaxed by hot water fomentation so do that. Also keep stretching your arms and hand
User :   another question please, am i okay to sleep now cuz i havent slept the whole night and when i went to sleep this thing happened
Doctor :   Yes you can but avoid sleeping in positions where your arm is stuck beneath and below the head area
Doctor :   It may aggravate the pain
User :   ok what should i do if i feel that same nasty pain again should i go to the hospital
Doctor :   You can take some analgesics, but if pain persists after a week also then you need to get it examined.
User :   ook thnx alot i can now sleep
Doctor :   Yes sleep well.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me, bye for now.
User :   bye
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