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#1 kelowna52

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:10 AM

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for bad neck and shoulder pain. I have had Cortisone Injections twice, Physical Therapy for a couple of weeks and now Acupuncture. I'm wearing a collar and all I have for the pain is what I use for my Migraines, Lyrica. The pain just never goes away, I'm so frustrated with this. I see my rheumatologist Oct. 9th. I can hardly wait, I hope he has some other solution for me. I am also seeing the doctor. that injected the Cortisone shots twice. I'm wondering if he did some kind of nerve damage. The pain definately got worse after the last injections July 25th. It is so frustrating to have all of this pain everyday. All of my body seems to hurt, but the neck and shoulder area definately stands out the most. I'm open for any suggestions.

Thank You So Much
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:13 AM

I know exactly how you feel I am going through the same thing, I am getting an MRI done OCT.4 and I can't wait. I too went to PT and it helped for a bit then I got worse. I can't lift my left arm like I should and it hurts if I try to. I dont want to get shots but thinking I might if I find out what may be the problem. I have OA in my neck and that doesn't help any either. I can't get comfortable at all and night time is the worse. I want to lay on my left side and I can't.. Well I have no information to give you but just to let you know your not alone in this. Sam
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 12:26 PM

Thanks Sam, actually bedtime is my only time I feel a little comfort. I just wish there was something that would ease the pain a bit. I know pain medication are not the answer, but I tell you when I had my Bunion surgery a month ago, my doctor. gave me a pain med that definately helped. I did have an MRI and I do have 2 Degenerated Disks that haven't changed so they don't think that's what is causing the pain, so I don't know if it's the Fibromyalga, I don't know if I spelled that right or if it's the Scleroderma. I hope they can find some answers for you, I do know how frustrating it can be.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 04:04 AM

Jackie, I know my family doctor thinks it might be from my neck. We will see on the 4th. I have Fibro too, I had tried asking for some pain pills but the doctor didn't want to give me anything right now for it until we find out what is going. The celbrex is not working. I was going the Therapy it helped for a few weeks then it was making it worse. I even quit working out all together till I find out what is going on. Right now I am expericeing pain in my neck like squeezing feeling but not really sure what it is, calling the doctor this morning to let him no, I can feel how tense I am in my neck on both sides, Well I hope they find out what is going on with you two, keep me update ok, Sam
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 04:17 AM

hi,

Well have you considered that perhaps you may have a frozen shoulder or calcific tendonitis. Both cause chronic shoulder pain and this can radiate in the neck and arm area.
I have had issues with this for 2years now, can't sleep on my right side and it causes too much pain, can't lift anything heavy, have worse pain if I have driven my car or have done the hoovering!! At first I could not even lift my arm to comb my hair, and I havent been able to reach behind my back with my right arm at all.
After two years of steroid injections, extensive physio and hydrotherapy, I am now going for arthroscopic surgery or manipulation to try and regain the range of motion and lessen the pain.
This is a really painful condition that can go on for months and months, I hope that you both get some relief from the pain that I know you are having

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 06:07 AM

Hi All,
I'm sorry for your pain. I have some degree of pain most of the time, too, but my doctors have given me some really strong meds for the times it gets really bad. I feel good knowing it's available.
Studies have now shown that people in chronic pain almost never get addicted to opiods. Many doctors are behind and unaware of this.
I recommend that anyone experiencing a lot of pain go to this website and get informed: American Pain Foundation

Then, if you feel your doctors are not helping you manage your pain find new doctors! I agree it's a good idea to find out what's causing the pain, but treating the pain itself is just as important as treating the disease. In fact, pain is now considered to be a disease in and of itself and not just a symptom.
I also have a subscription to the magazine, Arthritis Today, and I get a lot of good information there. They often run articles on pain that are very informative.
As I'm sure you know, a person who's in pain all the time just really can't function.
Good luck!

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 06:21 AM

Giorgigirl, thank you for getting back to me. Actually you made me realize something. About 3 years ago my left shoulder was causing me alot of pain. My rheumatologist injected Steroids into that shoulder and it wasn't long after that, that the neck and shoulder pain started big time. I am going to check into that. Thanks again for the info. Thank you Sam, I sure hope you get some answers as well.

Take Care
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 06:56 AM

Excellent resource, Mary. That is the first link in our Pain Management section on the main site. There are other links you all may find interesting.
Warm wishes,
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:43 AM

Hi Jackie,

I'm so sorry you are still battling with this pain. I don't have any great advice other than what you've already received, but I wanted you to know I was thinking of you.
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 08:04 AM

Mary thanks for the american pain site I already belong to it and recieve newsletters from.

Giorgigirl, thanks for your input too, I will have to see if that might be it will know on the 4th.

Jackie I hope the link and wht giorgigirl said might help you. Take care, Sam
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 12:17 PM

I'm sorry you're in pain. I get pain my shoulder and neck areas too, but its from stress and sitting at the computer with my head too far forward. My friend calls it turtle neck.

I hear acupuncture does wonder for pain issues...

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:20 PM

I had a great deal of trouble with my shoulder and neck when I was working as a production manager. My physiotherapist at the time called it "supervisor's neck" and blamed it mostly on stress and posture. He gave me a simple series of neck and arm stretching exercises that I kept posted just above my computer as a reminder. He also reminded me that when we are working on the computer, we should get up and mover around for ten minutes out of every hour. I also found that a hot shower on the neck and shoulders was quite relaxing. I don't seem to have as much of a problem with the laptop.
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 11:53 AM

have you finally found any relief? My has been going on for two months and your symtoms are the same
as mine. I want to lose my mind - I'm in constant pain....the most mundane things are hard to do.
Please update me.