Posted By Henriette Schwab on July 02, 1999 at 09:14:06
Four months ago, I awoke one night with pain under my left arm. By morning
it was on both sides. Over the following weeks, the pain moved around
the arm muscles in the front, to the back, under the arm and around the
shoulder blades. At first the doctor thought it might be costochondritis,
but it wasn't. Ibuprofen didn't help. My heart checked out fine - had
the usual tests. I then went to physical therapist after that. She said
my posture needed to be much straighter and she gave me some exercises to
strengthen what seems to be real weakness around the arm muscles. There
are days when the pain is minimal, but then it seems to return. She said
it would take some months before it is resolved. I know that I have
strained these particular muscles, especially over the past year, and yet
do you think that it should take this long to get better? I have difficulty sleeping sometimes, and other nights it is not too bad. The pain is usually worse in the morning, although I have had some pain free mornings too. Nothing seems to make any sense at this point. Any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated.
Posted By CCF Neuro[P] MD, RPS on July 02, 1999 at 13:56:51
Sorry to hear about your pain. There are a couple of things that strike me. First, without examining you and knowing your history, it is difficult to give you an exact diagnosis. Since the pain is sort of waxing and waning but never disappearing, it may be that something you do puts stress on the nerves that go to the muscles you describe (nerves in the cervical spine). It may be a sleeping position or a new routine at work or at the gym. It may also be due to a worsening spinal cord/disc/neural foramen problem. It might be best to go see a neurologist and have a full neurological examination. This way a trained person who specializes in nerve problems will be able to fully access the problem. Sorry I couldn't be more specific.
CCF Neuro MD
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