The ows are not what they seem?
August 22, 2012 3:12 PM Subscribe
¡Left Handed Typing Alert! After a week of basic tenderness/muscle pull feeling centered between my shoulderblades, I've awoken today with an incredibly acute pain that's basically taken away the use of my right (dominant) arm. Help me pre-game the upcoming doctor's appointment to try and narrow down/assuage the cause as soon as possible.
I've got: a doctor's appt for tomorrow afternoon, prohibitive pain, tingling/numbness and coldness and an inability to raise my arm behind my head or turn my neck towards the right more than ~20 degrees. This, seriously, cramps my style. I have no trauma in the past week or anything to immediately explain it away, so I'm left contemplating things like a disc herniating or something more grand and, ugh, involved. What, apart from a herniated disc, or related problem, have you encountered that have manifested symptoms like this? What possible tests/ recourses should I expect or avoid?
(I'm very much a medical NoOb. I haven't seen a doctor regularly, ever, and this is the first appt in approximately the last decade, so please be gentle).
I need to use my right arm and hand incessantly, so "resting" it is not an option.