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Suggest treatment for pain in upper arm and collar bone

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Posted on Tue, 19 May 2015
Question: My left upper arm to collar bone is very painful, it has been this way for about 3 weeks now.

I have very limited mobility and can not lift my arm above my shoulder, I have had frozen shoulder on my right side in the past.
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Answered by Dr. Vidya KR (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Need details on history

Detailed Answer:
hi, thanks for using Healthcaremagic .
I went through your query and understood your concerns.
I need some more details on your history to help you better.
1. was there any trauma to left shoulder?
2. intensity of pain since 3 weeks is same or any changes?
3. what causes pain to increase?

Get back to me with above details.
Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Follow up: Dr. Vidya KR (2 days later)
1. no there was not trauma to that shoulder
2. pain is pretty intense and very constant. Actually been a bit longer more like weeks.
3. Nothing in particular causes the pain it hurts all the time, not only in the shoulder but the forearm and elbow as well.
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Answered by Dr. Vidya KR (17 hours later)
Brief Answer:
As mentioned below

Detailed Answer:
Hi, Thanks for using Healthcaremagic.

I went through your query and understood your concerns.

For my patients with similar complaints after taking complete history and examination , I would like to get few investigations depending on examination findings.
You may require to get ultrasound scan of joint.

With your description of symptoms I can think of two possibilities
1. frozen shoulder - can be confirmed by examination.
2. rotator cuff muscle tear or bursitis - treatment depends on analgesic with anti inflammatory .

Hope I answered your query. Feel free to ask further related query.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Pradeep Vitta
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Suggest treatment for pain in upper arm and collar bone

Brief Answer: Need details on history Detailed Answer: hi, thanks for using Healthcaremagic . I went through your query and understood your concerns. I need some more details on your history to help you better. 1. was there any trauma to left shoulder? 2. intensity of pain since 3 weeks is same or any changes? 3. what causes pain to increase? Get back to me with above details. Regards