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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes recurrent pain in the shoulder and elbow when I sneeze?

I have a few things going on, back of right shoulder hurts off and on, elbow is very ache. When I cough or sneeze stabbing pain in back of elbow and the back muscle(trapezius area but closer to the spine), my right index finger and thumb were numb(like that fell asleep feeling) for a few months. I over excreted by self and thought I had injured the shoulder muscle a few months back. it has gotten much better but these things I mentioned are still occurring. I still have weakness in the right arm when reaching over myself(like scrubbing in the shower etc). my right wrist hurts sometimes and the two bones often feel wired and I crack them and it goes away. Any idea?
Wed, 21 Feb 2018
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

I have studied your case.


Due to compression of Cervical nerve root there can be tingling numbness in your arm and pain.
For these symptoms analgesic and neurotropic medication like pregabalin and methylcobalamine can be started.
Till time, avoid lifting weights.
Continue your Physiotherapy like ultrasound and interferential therapy will give quick relief.
I will advise to check your vit B12 and vit D3 level.

Your Spondylitis will get aggravated due excessive travelling so better to avoid such travelling.

If nerve compression becomes symptomatically severe then surgical decompression will give permanent relief.
You can attach your MRI report or film so that I can help you better.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.

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