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Old 08-23-2004, 06:55 AM   #1
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Question Is it a strain or disk problem?

I was involved in an auto accident one-year ago. 2-days after I had tremendous pain in my left shoulder and could hardly sleep. It slowly went a way and took about a month and a half. I periodically get alot of popping and cracking in my shoulder and collar bone areas. Also since the accident I get a tightness cramping feeling between my shoulder balde and my spine. This happens every so often and is not consistantly present. I feel as if I need to stretch it out al the time. I have my wife massage the area periodically and when she does I can feel a mild sensation that starts at my shoulder blade/spine through my shoulder and my neck area. I get frequent headaches that are very mild and neck pain with a weak muscle feeling. Sometimes my shoulder feels weak too. Does this sound like a strain or a disk problem? I did go to therapy but could only go for a month as I could not afford the co-pays because the rest of my family needed treatment and they were priority. Finally, I was diagnosed with deep tissue strain in my neck and upper body region by my PT.

 
Old 08-23-2004, 07:26 AM   #2
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Re: Is it a strain or disk problem?

I don't have any experience with neck pain or upper back pain, so I can't really give too much information on that. However, while I'm a big fan of physical therapy, you said your PT 'diagnosed' you...I don't know if I would trust the diagnosis of a PT. If this is still bothering you or you think it was mis-diagnosed, I would suggest going to see the doctor (maybe a different doctor). They may do some more tests or scans that could pinpoint the problem.

 
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Old 08-23-2004, 08:41 AM   #3
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Re: Is it a strain or disk problem?

While I am NO doctor, it sounds like you need to visit an actual doctor as it might be a disk problem, but now I could be wrong. I would really enjoy hearing the results of a doctor over those who aren't, but thats just my oppion. Please seek out a good doctor and discover exactly what is causing this mess of problems for you.

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Old 08-23-2004, 01:57 PM   #4
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Re: Is it a strain or disk problem?

Thanks for the replies. I have a doctors appointment Wednesday. Hopefully I will be able to find out for sure myself what the problem is.

 
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