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Pain in mid back and left arm, shoulder ache, difficulty in lifting, soreness in back

hi there I was in a car accident 3 years ago I got t- bone my left side shoulder and back in the t-7 andt-8 was injured got x-ray and mri done it showed nothing I am seeing the doctor but he says there is nothing I can do I pain in my mid back all the time my left side arm is week no strength pins and needles cold hand and ache shoulder I can not lift any thing without being in pain bending up and down my back is very sore my problem is that I am in a law suit and I own my catering company so I am not doing my job anymore because of the pain and paying other people to do the job the doctor wrote a letter to insurance saying I will never be able to go back to do this job but they dont understand the pain I am in and dont have anything wrong so should be able to work what can I do for this pain to go away and be able to get back to working and doing what I was doing before the accident it the future I am worried about I am 47 years will I be in this pain forever
Asked On : Thu, 3 May 2012
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From your description you seem to be suffering from a condition called causalgia. You need to undergo a fresh MRI to look for compression.If that is normal then get a CT angio done to look for vascular compromise. If that is also normal then evaluation of the sympathetic outflow has to be done. If there is problem in that then you are candidate for cervical sympathectomy.
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