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Pain in the spine and shoulders, stiff neck. Had an accident in the past. Advice?

I have been experiencing a lot of pain under right shoulder blade, tender to touch, the pain extends to my right elbow. Also been having a lot of neck stiffness. What can this be caused from and what can I do to alleviate the pain, it wakes me up at night. Started just being at night and right when I wake up but has been getting worse and constant throughout the day. I injured that area back in 09 in car accident, nothing too serious, I believe just a really bad sprain/strain and whiplash. Fell and hurt that same area this past January, my arm was jerked really hard, noticed that sharp pain in shoulder and elbow right away but figured it was sore from the fall but this past month, the pain has returned ten-fold. Seems to get worse when resting, also forgot to mention mid-spine is very sensitive just a light touch to the area makes me yell in pain and almost brings me to tears. It feels very numb and tingly in that area. The pain is constant, all day and is worse when inactive. I woke up twice in horrible spasms last night. Took 10 mg s of flexeril right before bed with 20 mins of heating pad.I m 29 y.o no MRI or Xray, Dr. Wanted me to try P.T for a few weeks to see if I improve, going on 2nd week, no changes, may be worse actually. RX d muscle relaxers and on steady dose of anti-inflammatory, no redness, shoulder feels swollen from tight muscles.
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist 's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

It is highly suggestive of nerve root irritation.
You need an MRI of the spine for definitive diagnosis
You have not stated your personal habits, family history or co-morbidities, even age, gender...they could have an influence on the diagnosis and outcome...
Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs like ibuprofen reduce pain & inflammation
Warm compress - help
Physiotherapy helps
Gabapentin and/or antidepressants - they raise the pain threshold...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Tue, 7 May 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi's  Response
have you done MRI OF you spine ?

did you injured ?
what is you age?

pain is there for whole time or only on movement or exertion
any redness, swelling in painful area
you need neurotropics like pregabalin with methylcobalamine
you should change ur posture while sleeping, keep arm straight with out presssure on it

do daily neck and elbow exersizes start some shulder shrugging exercise ,
you may need MRI cervical spine
for further treatment you can contact on my profile
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain's  Response
Hi and thanks for query,
Its very important to get an appropriate diagnosis for this shall actually determine further management. An appropriate clinical examination is mandatory. Depending on the mode of onset of the pain, intensity, duration, aggravating and relieving factors with the accompanying signs and symptoms, and how it respons to specific drugs are key aspects in the diagnostic and management process. Any notion of trauma is worth signaling. An X ray, blood tests to loook for markers of inflammation (CrP, ESR) and appropriate tests for common autoimmune and inflammatory disorders should be appropraite in making a diagnosis and drawing up a convenient and adapated management plan.
I suggest you visit your primary care physician for better care. Thanks and hope this helps,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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