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Having soreness-numbness on neck, shoulder, no chest pain. Cause and cure?

Hello, I’ve been having a soreness-numbness feeling between the top left of my neck, running through my left shoulder down to the back of my triceps with slight numbness when I sit in certain positions on my left side. I don’t have any chest pains, or any issues breathing. Heat seems to help when I put a pad on it, but once I’m done applying heat the same feeling returns. Certain arm positions feel as if I have something pressing to make my arm feel a slight numbness.
Asked On : Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, Your given history suggests that you are having 'cervico brachial neuralgia', the possible reason for this could be a herniated cervical disc protrusion. The initial management will be only with analgesic antiinflmmatory drugs, ocassional muscle relaxants along with intermittant hot fomentation and physiotherapy to strengthen your neck muscles. If it still hurts, you need to have MRI scan of your cervical spine. Hope this helps you
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The description is very suggestive of nerve root irritation.
You need an MRI of cervical spine for further assessment.
See a Neurologist

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist Baljeet Kaur's  Response
thanks for writing to HCM,
your symptoms can be due to few factors - severe trapezius spasm with trigger points, cervical disc related problem, postural pain leading to stiffness of neck and upper back. you need to undergo a detailed physical examination to find out the cause, & if required some lab investigations also like MRI cervical spine.

treatment -
I would suggest you to see a physiotherapist because in all the above mentioned cases he/she can help you. since heat helps you definitely shows there is muscle spasm so a therapist can give you some heat therapy, intermittent cervical traction and neural mobilization of left shoulder and arm. and gradually some stretching and strengthening exercises and postural correction advice.

some do's and dont's for you
do not use pillow while sleeping, do use a towel wrap (very thin) under your head while sleeping.
do not lift any heavy weight.
continue hot fomentation
do not work on computers continuously for long hours, take break of 2 mins every half an hour.

i hope this helps
wish you good health
Answered: Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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