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Pain and numbness in the back of the shoulder and neck - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   The past two weeks I am having this bad pain and numbness in the back of my shoulder blade area to my lower middle neck. It gets numb and very painful. If I place my chin down to my chest I can actually feel the stiffness in the middle lower neck area. I work out a lot and I beleive I may have done this at the gym I am guessing. I don't think it is anything heart related but any idea what I can do?
It sometimes flares up when I am standing against something with my back against the wall etc. but very painful and scary.
Doctor :   Hello.
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
Doctor :   Do you have any associated symptoms like nausea, vomiting, blurring of vision, headache, etc?
User :   no none of those
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   How did the pain start?
User :   just an onsetting pain that progressively hurts worse and worse then I stretch my neck etc. and it goes away eventually
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i do feel it coming on though and it progressively gets more painful and numb then subsides
Doctor :   how long does the pain stays?
Doctor :   Once it starts?
User :   the first time I felt it I was on a ferry boat with my back against a bar sort of leaning back, that is where I first felt it come on really bad I got nervous but my neck felt stiff then I just stretched and it got better
User :   stays about 30-60 seconds I would say
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Can you rate the pain from 1 to 10,
Doctor :   10 being maximum pain.
User :   like my shoulders are sore from the gym and my lower back is stiff so I stretch and feel the same area but not the numbness etc but can feel where it may be coming from
User :   I would say its about a 7-8 when it gets at its worse then it subsides
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   it is gradual though I feel it starting and it gets more numb and painful
Doctor :   Does the pain increase any time?
User :   what do mean by any time?
Doctor :   Like during morning or night time it is more?
User :   no its totally random
User :   during the yda it happens mostly
Doctor :   Or doing any work?
User :   when walking or standing
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   or just leaning against something
Doctor :   Have you taken any medication for it?
User :   no not yet. I can almost pinpoint and massage the area behind my lower neck where it may be coming from but the numbness and gradual onset scares me
User :   could it be a pinched nerve that is what I think it is
Doctor :   It is also a possibility.
Doctor :   Does the pain radiate to lower back?
User :   no
User :   all upper
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   mid neck to shoulders
User :   and it goes away doesnt stay
Doctor :   Give me your age, and weight?
User :   38 140 lbs
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   they did an ekg recently and that was fine
User :   blood work was fine recently etc
User :   but I didnt have this pain at the time and its pretty bad
Doctor :   You can take advil tablets tablets 2 times a day for 3 days.
Doctor :   Give some rest to your neck. that avoid
Doctor :   Jerky movements.
Doctor :   Give some hot water bag compressions
Doctor :   If the pain last for more than 3 to 5 days,
Doctor :   Ot it is increasing or there are any other associated symptoms.
Doctor :   Then you can consult a orthopedic/ general physician.
User :   okay if its a pinched nerve or something I did in the gym would this go away or is it possible the damage could stay?
Doctor :   You mean disc prolapse?
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