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Several months ago, I was working out on a normal basis. I had to quit for two weeks and when I went back, I stuck to my intial amount of weights not really thinking about taking it easy since it had been a few weeks and I was working on the butterfly machine and felt a strain so I went down on the weights. The next day I felt a pull when moving my head up or down so I figured I pulled a muscle. I did the heat and ice thing, rested it and went to the Chiropractor and had a massage performed.. had several done since then. I never did go back to the gym and lately when I do too much it bothers me again. Recently I bought 3 pd weights and started slowly trying to build up the muscle again since weakness can cause pain but I feel pain in my arm. My question is, If I feel pain going down my arm and feeling neck strain, could this be a strained / weak muscle issue or did I cause a disc buldge? I want to wait a while before I get an mri done. The area of pain start between the upper spine and my shoulder. It feels tender when I touch it and when I use my tens unit on it. I feel pain in my left arm. Thanks in advance.
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replied March 24th, 2010
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hi there vanessa
its not easy figuring out whether you have a nerve or muscle problem. in that area of the body it could even be a blood vessel problem that can give you those symptoms. i know because i had a neck fusion and get a lot of pain in my arms and to this day i really dont know whether its nerve or muscle.
the simplest cause would be a trigger point muscle problem. for that a good deep muscle massage therapist would help.
if its a neck problem i would think there would be more hand involvement.
it could also be thoracic outlet syndrome. google it and check out the symptoms. it can send discomfort to arm and neck. if it continues for long time best to see the neuro surgeon spine specialist. i think if it was me id give the deep muscle therapist a shot especially since there is tenderness to touch. that sounds like muscle. ....pete
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replied March 25th, 2010
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Thanks pete...Yea, I have been getting deep tissue massages from my Chiropractors office and have an appointment today for a deep tissue @ a Beauty Salon..It only seems to bother me when I do too much with my arms so I am hoping its just a muscle issue..I would thing that if it were a pinched nerve, it would be bothering me all the time so I will give it another month or so using the 3 pd weights, heat, ice and massage..I had to put my lidoderm patch on it yesterday and I am getting some inflammation pills from my doctor Friday. I need them for my arthritis in my knee and it should help with my back pain as well..Pray that its not another disc problem.. Thanks!
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