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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Good evening.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Good evening, I hav svere pain on my left shoulder
User :   which i running intom hand , giving me stiff neck, headache
Doctor :   Ok
User :   u there??
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   SInce when are you having the symptoms?
User :   41, female
User :   last 3 days
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Can you describe the pain?
User :   strking pain tha starts from the bottom of the neeck and runs to the shoulder, and head
Doctor :   You mentioned that you have pain in your shoulder to the hand - am I to believe that this pain is present in your shoulder and radiating down behind the arm to the hands?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   yeah
Doctor :   Do you have numbnes; pins and needle sensation running in your limbs too?
Doctor :   Are you able to grip your left hand properly?
User :   yes sometimes , on the right side of my body
Doctor :   Ok
User :   grip is fine
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you able to lift your left shoulder up like when you are combing your hair?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
Doctor :   Do you have history of low back ache
User :   occasionally, but the numbness and needle sensation persists regularly
Doctor :   Do you have history of diabetes, hypertension?
Doctor :   Before I can explain to you about the problem, may I know if your period are regular?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   l
User :   yes
Doctor :   Before I can explain to you about the problem, may I know if your period are regular?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   sure thnxs
Doctor :   Your history is suggestive of cervical neuropathy.
Doctor :   Cervical radiculoneuropathy to be inspecific.
Doctor :   In simple terms
Doctor :   this means a pinched nerve.
Doctor :   the problem exists in your neck, probably cervical spondylositis where in there is compression of the nerves coming out of the spine is getting compressed.
User :   so wht should i be ding
Doctor :   Let me suggest the measures that you need.
Doctor :   1. You need adequate rest; If feasible I do advice you to use cervical collars which are available easily at chemist/pharmacy stores
Doctor :   2. Use antiinflammatory medications such as Oral Ibuprofen tablets 400mg twice a day for 5 days. The pills to be taken after food.
Doctor :   3. Local heat therapy; hot water bags to the neck region and local anti inflammatory medications such as volini spray can be useful.
Doctor :   4. Symptoms should normalize with these measures however
Doctor :   in certain rare occasions
Doctor :   symptoms can aggravate.
User :   sure thnks a lot for the suggestions
Doctor :   Watch out for weakness in the form of difficulty in gripping hand, difficulty to raise the shoulder.
Doctor :   If such symptoms occur, then you may need further evaluation.
User :   k
User :   ok
Doctor :   5. Other form of treatment if the above measures fail are physiotherapy, injections and surgical treatment.
Doctor :   Hence see a doctor/spine surgeon, if symptoms recurr/persists or if you notice weakness.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
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