What have I done to my shoulder?
January 17, 2012 1:47 PM Subscribe
What the hell did I do to my shoulder? All the details (as many as I can type) inside.
posted by littlerobothead to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
About two weeks ago, I woke up with excruciating pain in my right shoulder. Some pain there is not uncommon, but it always goes away within a few hours. I dislocated (or more likely separated) my shoulder fifteen-odd years ago, and it often will fall asleep and cause me pain when I sleep on it, as I often do. This was different, though. I had:
- Shooting pain from the top of my shoulder to the top of my head
- Some "freezing" of the joint in my shoulder and the muscles in my neck
- Pain radiating from elbow to wrist
- Pain on the side of my arm that alternates between a dull throbbing and deep, acute burning pain. Sometimes, I can feel that band of muscles constricting into a cramp and the feeling goes out of my hand.
After miserable sleep and more pain I went to a GP, assuming (after a self exam and some Googling) that I had separated it again. I had an X-Ray and was told there was no separation. Over time the pain started to evolve. The neck pain subsided somewhat, but the numbness started to spread to my forearm and finger tips, where it persists. That was over a week ago. I made an appointment to see an orthopedic specialist, but it isn't until February 14th (!), so any input on pain management—or a possible "a ha!" moment from a fellow mefite would be much appreciated.
For what it's worth, my current theory is bursitis, but I don't know. I've heard every theory from pinched nerve to hairline fracture. Oh, it bears mentioning that there wasn't any recent trauma to this arm. I go to the gym once in a while, but am mostly a desk jockey code nerd type person. I'm pretty ergonomically aware, take frequent breaks, etc. Bonus points for effective pain management (I've been taking the absolute maximum dose of Aleve every day for three weeks now, on GP's direction, and it's losing it's punch.)