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Pain In Shoulder And Arm...can Anyone Help?

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Im not quiet sure if this fits back pain...but it kind of starts there.
Anyway, let me explain. Recently I started waking up in the middle of the night with pain in my right shoulder that continued all the way down my right arm into my hand. It kind of feels like a sharp pain, my hand swells and I get that weird feeling when your hand just fell asleep and its waking up. I have this every night for about 2 weeks so I know it cant be from sleeping on my right side.
I think that it might have something to do with my new work that I started 4 weeks ago. Im working in a deli and never just a slicer before. I have to use my right arm a lot at work. But after Im off for 2 days it feels better.

Anyone have an idea what it could be? or what I could do?

thank you.
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replied September 13th, 2007
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Sounds neurological. Can you see a specialist? Do you have insurance?
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replied September 13th, 2007
yogahoneybunny wrote:
Sounds neurological. Can you see a specialist? Do you have insurance?


I have work insurance...which is not the greatest. in october I will be able to get better insurance and then I will be able to see a good doctor. Smile
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replied September 14th, 2007
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How is your insurance getting better? What are you on now?
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replied September 14th, 2007
yogahoneybunny wrote:
How is your insurance getting better? What are you on now?


we are getting insurance through my husbands job. But it wont kick in till october, because thats when the new cycle begins. Its kinda hard to explain.
The Insurance I have now is called HWI (I think) and it will only cover up to 300.00$ for a regular doctor. I just have to wait another 2weeks, I guess.

Thank you for your help, tho.
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replied September 19th, 2007
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No problem. Please let us know how it goes...
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replied September 19th, 2007
Shoulder And Arm Pain
I have had exactly the same thing for over 2 years now (except mine is on the left side) and no doctors can figure out what is wrong. They say there is a problem with the Trapezius muscle but they don't know what. I have a lot of fluid in my shoulder but they don't know why either. What they are doing now is sending me to a specialist for pain management. I have already had 4 cortisone shots which help for a few days but then back to the pain and numbness. Id o get some relief form a muscle relaxer called Zanaflex and also a very very low dose of extended release Morphine. This is after being on Darvocet and a different (and potentially very addictive) muscle relaxer called Soma compound with Codeine. I had been taking Darvocet for about 2 years and the Soma for a few months. I did get relief from them for a while but then had to start taking higher doses to get relief and so I was switched because of the addiction factor. Thats one of the things I love about my current doctor that hes very concerned about me getting an addiction to these meds so he monitors me very closely. He even calls me just to check on how I am doing. But I also have a few more things going on at the same time that they can't figure out as well. So I guess I wrote all this to say the when you do go for help make sure that it's with a doctor that really listens to you and who is concerned about what meds he puts you on. If your doctor seems to be one who just wants to keep you medicated and isn't really doing much else the I suggest you find a different one to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. When I first went to him he did a lot of blood work and tests and when they can back negative he sent me to a neurologist and then to a rheumotologist and now to the pain management specialist. He also took care to fine me caring concerned doctors to send me to and they all are working together to find a solution and all of them have pledged not to give up until I get answer of what is going on. So, just make sure you speak up for yourself because when you are in a situation where they son't know what is going on with you some doctors just kind of give upa nd give you heavy duty medications. Good luck and keep me posted to you progress. Smile
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