Go for present day scans to diagnose any past local injury. Do not exert or do any physical exercise till you are diagnosed.
Use ice packs and NSAIDs to decrease the pain.
Follow up with an orthopedician.
Good morning Donald, i've had both my shoulders scoped for minor torn cartilage and it did wonders and i also am currenly battling tennis elbow research TENNIS ELBOW's symtoms, damn it hurts but there isn't alot i can do about it but rest and change my activities, i have had some relief using those velcro straps used on the forearm. you can find those in walmarts or pharmacies i would suggest seeing a sports medicine doctor that just works on shoulders and arms not everything, he'll most likely send you for a MRI that can see soft tissue tears and just for gp's have an x-ray taken. good luck Phill
thank you for the feedback. i saw an orthopedic surgeon. he said he thinks the symptoms are a pinched nerve. i'm seeing a neurologist later this month. Being on a computer seems to be a large contributor as well. we'll see what happens. i don't think it's a pinched nerve though because anti-inflammatory definitely helps my symptoms.
Ok, since my original post I have seen an orthopedic surgeon who recommended me to see a neurologist. I've visited the neurologist 4 times now. I've and an EMG done. Everything came back normal except for an abnormality in my tricep. I've had a cervical spine MRI to check for bulging discs that may be pinching the nerve or bone spurring. Nothing showed up. The neurologist said he feels like it's 100% not a pinched nerve. I asked him why I'm having pain all the way down the inside of my arm and now having pain on the right side of my neck. He said it's a result of a musculoskeletal issue. He prescribed an anti-depressant call Zoloft of all things! He said it's not for depression, but that they have success with using this for musculoskeletal issues. I don't buy it and it made me feel like a zombie. I stopped taking it. I'm very frustrated. I can't find the source of my problem and can't get it fixed. Perhaps I'm foolish for not listening to this doctor, but I just don't believe I need to take a pill that messes with the chemical balance of my brain for something purely physical. I'm not sure what type of doctor I should be seeing now. This affects my life in that I can't do anything physical. Any further advice from anyone would be appreciated. I'm desperate to start being active and exercising again! The only thing that has helped thus far is acupuncture, but as I understand it that's just a band-aid for the pain.