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Hopefully my post will help someone with the same problem that I have had for 9 years.

For seven years I saw as many as twelve doctors with no help. My complaint to each and everyone was the same. I have a headache everyday and something is wrong with my neck (at the point where my trapezius meets my neck.) yes, it ticked me off to be told that "no one has a headache everyday" by the majority of the doctors that I saw. I had a hematoma come up in my thoratic inlet. Stress was the diagnoses 90% of the time. (covering the last doctor's a$$) the other 10% were just off the wall guesses that never panned out. I had mri's, cat scans, xrays, mylogram, nerve conductive tests, etc. All were negative. I went to a counselor who assured me that I was not a hypocondriac. My family (including my husband) and friends for the most didn't believe there was anything wrong since all those doctors surely couldn't be wrong. My only child and my best friend are the only ones who stood by me for all these years.

I was told by a friend to go to the best bone and joint facility in our area. First the shoulder doctor said it was stress. I went to pt and they sent me back to shoulder doc. "well there is something wrong with your shoulder, but I will need to send you to another doctor in the same clinic who is a spine specialist." hot dog! \ finally someone to acknowledge my problem. The spine doctor did his round of tests and send me on to the staff physilogist for cortisone. When I leaned over the table for the injection, she said "oh my, it looks like a risen". She sent me to massage and physical therapy 3 times a week. They were great and very helpful in easing the pain. Still no cause for the torn trapezius. I have undergone botox injections twice with great help. I now have a golf ball size of scar tissue at the original injury site.

At my lastest visit, I think my doctor finally figured out how I injured my trapizeus muscle without excruciating pain. (iow, I should have known when it happened) I had three laproscopic surgeries trying to get pregnant, two before the pain and one after. She explained how they tilt your body and there are shoulder harnesses that keep you from falling off the table. She is certain that this is when it occured and I am too. It would explain why I didn't know how I hurt my shoulder. I was under anesthesia and then on painkillers. As I have read, the only significant symptom from a torn trapezius is a headache!!! Yes, you can have a headache everyday.

Now I have chronic pain and the whole left quarter of my torso is affected by this. Referred pain. I thank god everyday for answering my prayers and sending me to someone who would listen and help.

Keep in mind that for seven years, I had to "treat myself". Ice packs are the best for inflammation. I wear a soft cervical collar when I read, crochet, (anything I have to lower my head to do). Massage therapy is very helpful. Most insurance companies will pay for it as physicial therapy. A friend loaned me a heat therapy pump and I would sleep with it at night. (wish I still had it) nikken cm complex cream helps with inflammation also. Epsom salts baths 3x week.

In addition to those remedies, I take arthrotec 75 2x a day, lortab prn, flexeril 10mg 3xday, elavil 100mg at night for nerve pain and depression, klonipin .50mg at night for sleep and stress.
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replied November 6th, 2008
Torn trapezius muscle
OMG! I've been having headaches daily for 4 years now - ever since I lifted a heavy box over my head. I too have tried everything, from chiropractic, deep tissue massage, TENS unit, botox injections, steroid injections, accupuncture, physical therapy and now am just on pain management.
The pain starts in my neck and by the end of the day I can't touch my skull - it feels like I've hit it on something everywhere I touch. The back of my eyes are sore and it hurts to squeeze them shut at night. Depressed after 4 years of this? HE%% yeah! 2 antidepressants a day and I still get so sad thinking that the rest of my life will go this way...at 50 years old. Sleep is difficult at best, sometimes non-existent.
I'm going to try a well-known orthopedic clinic in my area and try to see the doc who is the head physician for the Orlando Magic - probably end up with a PA though. I can't give up - otherwise I will never have a decent life again!
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replied February 22nd, 2009
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Hey just read both of your forums and I must say that's too bad.

PEPPER57- Did you see an orthopedic surgeon? and did they say that surgery was not an option?

MSMOUSE1-Have you seen the orthopedic surgeon yet and did you end up getting surgery?

To both of you- I hope you're doing better and I hope you continue to get better.

I just found out that I have a completely torn lower trap and I'm not sure what to do.... should I get surgery or should I live with it? I'm 19 years old, I'm a HUGE athlete (aspiring to play NFL football), and pretty tough but it would be nice to have a properly functioning body (I know you feel the same way).

If either of you or anyone else has any advice I would GREATLY appreciate it.

Thankyou!

-Kevin
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replied December 23rd, 2009
Hey Kevin,

What did you decide to do? Was there anything that you could do? I'm having lower trap weakness that may be from an old tear. Its causing all sorts of problems with my shoulder and brachial plexus nerve bundles. I'm getting PT now but just curious about surgical options.

Thanks,

Brianna
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replied April 19th, 2010
I''m 27 years old now and I''ve been experiencing pain since I can remember st 14 on my left shoulder area. I''ve seen chiropracters and had acupuncture as well.. I''ve had xrays and still nothing. Massages work, for about ten minutes! Sometines the pain gets so bad that if I move a certain way I''m almost stuck into that position until I force myself to adjust out of it. Pain reliever sometimes help, but not always. I also have recurring headaches, almost daily.. My family can''t figure it out and the doctors don''t say much... "get a massage" or "see a chiropractor" . I''ve tried it all. I was in a car accident last summer which made it worse
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replied October 29th, 2010
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I tore my trapezium muscle 2 months ago because I'm a dancer and I overextended my shoulder which caused it to tear. The doctor did not even say I needed to sit out my classes and neither did the hospital. The hospital never even gave me painkillers just told me to rest. I started dancing again after a month, but just this week I was trying to do some press ups because my arms are so weak, and I'm in complete agony again.
I don't get headaches like other people have commented but it affects my nerves that go all round the front of my torso: my diaphragm, ribcage and chest... I feel like I have a stitch in the whole thing. I was also refused physio-therapy (i asked because I'm a dancer and this is my career) and when I asked they offered me painkillers stronger than co-dydramol, which I refused because I worry if I can't feel all the pain then I may hurt myself more by carrying on.
I hope mine does what the doctors say and just heals with rest and ice... I thought the scar tissue would heal, because it would ruin everything if I had it for years.
Hope your injuries are a lot better now

Marie
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replied February 1st, 2011
Over the summer I tore my trap muscle in my right shoulder near my neck. I've told my mom for months I've been having headaches. She took me to the DR. once and they told her I needed to see a specialist but she never took me. A couple of days ago I fell outside due to the winter weather... and the pain is excruciatingly worse. What should I do?
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replied November 15th, 2011
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My left trapezius is torn and have been for about over 3 years. The pain sort of comes and goes but at the mean time the pains sprung back up alot. It puts me off training that I wish it did'nt. Even just the lightest touch on the surface of my trapezius, it feels like a sun burn pain. I hope and pray that it can be something fixable by a physiotherapist or whom ever.

Lionel
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replied November 23rd, 2011
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any surgical results in regards to these injuries ???
I've had this condition for the past 10 years and I am now in pain everyday, stinging pain, dull pain from my top neck to the mid back extending under my collar bone right into my shoulder, constant headaches, neck pain , nausea , I am always tired and very aggravated...,
I am 39 years old and this is killing my to the point If I had no kids I would probably take my own life...
Living like this is unreal and I am so disappointed that it takes so long for doctors to diagnose something as simple as muscle tear considering all the technology we have... its either bad unqualified doctors or neglegence and disregard for people that are suffering...
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replied November 23rd, 2011
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Not that I know of at the moment about surgical results but when I find out I'll get back to you. You have the right to get something done about it. Don't give in because the problem can be solved as well as my own injurie. Look in the right places and get everything out thats on your mind about it across to your docter or GP or whom its discussed to, they need to know the extent of the issue. I'm soon to undergo physio for the first step to see what the core of the injurie is. Theres allways a way. Even spiritual healers that heal people in the name of Jesus. Even if you might not be a believer of this, find out where events like this are happening and go along. I can give you a list of names if you need help Smile enjoy your week
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replied November 28th, 2011
Torn Upper Trapezius on my right side. It is do to major neck/spinal surgery I had 05/01/10 to remove a tumor off of my spine at C7 C6, along with long thoracic palsy. While I was recovering and working hard in therapy 168x since the surgery. I have no idea how or when the trap let go. i noticed by the severe drop in the shoulder, the pain didnt come on till later. It has been 6 months of seeing several Drs to see my options. They say its a level 3 tear most severe. I am currently waiting for my ins. to approve a special MRI going across from shoulder to shoulder to see any options. I have had good news in my last EMG that my nerves is showing good regeneration. Also now with that the pain has come on much more. When I try to shrug up at all my left goes all the way to my ear my right side doesnt move. If after this MRI the Drs I am currently seeing cant do anything to fix it, want me to go to the Mayo In Minn where they have technology and specialist in that area. Actually my orthopedic surgeon practiced there, and is making contacts for ideas or if I should go there. All pending the results of this MRI. I can visibly see the lump that gathers near my shoulder away from my spine and neck. Another possibility is the area was stitched after was cut in the tumor removal. That the stitch didnt take due to the nerve damage, so probably looking at one more nerve study (5th) in 18 months they are torture, but the main reason the tumor was even found. It was called ganglionueroma and was one in many millions to form in the neck at the spine. Most cases are in the lower back. It has been a long 2+ years of pain due to it took almost a year to find the tumor, which wiped out my right side complete winged scapular. Drs kept thinking torn rotator cuff or other shoulder problem, due to my arm was numb had no grip etc. Now this torn upper trap is super rare. Doctors love me cause I am interesting due to the rarity of my injuries and it is a challenge. I am just sick of them all and want to be fixed at least enough where I can not be at a con-stent pain and get use of my right arm some what back to normal. I use speak to type cant even handle typing. Just the strain of the other muscle to hold my head up at an angle, spasm and cramp extreme pain of 9 then. I will update once I get the MRI and talk to my Drs again about options I will share. Hope It will be soon cause the cold is getting here and the pain keeps going up as the temp goes down, the metal in my neck from the fusion of C6 C7 sits on the bracial plexus so I breath in the cold air and I cramp up.
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replied January 13th, 2012
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This is amazing! over 10 specialists and none can tell me what is wrong. Now I know - I tore my trapezius in August 2002 hanging sheetrock on a ceiling. You have given me hope and I thank you with all my heart! I will keep you informed - and by the way, I have head pain eveyday since doing PT in 2/09 - they aren't headaches as I have had them when I was younger - this is pain that starts at base of neck and travels over head to above eye with very tender scalp. I get occipital nerver blocks monthly for occipital neuralgia and they help immensely. Takes about 6 days to kick in but oh what a relief it is. Also use chiro/kenesiology 2x/wk, and take oxycontin and oxycodone, flexeril, and zoloft. Massage worsens and can't do heat - only ice. I see psychologist weekly to help with pain management. Good luck to you all!
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