| | Need advice with shoulder pain
About 5 weeks ago my right shoulder was in A LOT of pain. It was after a trip where I ended up carrying heavy backpacks, carrying my 5 year old son and having him pull on my arm hard on the airplane ride.....it was a long day as we got stuck in the airport. Anyway, I noticed the pain coming on, but it was about a week later that they pain got unbearable. My entire right shoulder hurt along with the area by my shoulder blade. It went up through my neck and at times would travel down my arm. I nursed it with ice, heat, ibuprofin, and muscle cream. The ibuprofin did nothing...ice worked better to numb the pain. About 4-5 days later, the pain was better, but then I lifted my 5 year old again and the pain all came back. I nursed it some more with the same remedies and while it is getting better...not in constant pain, it still is bothering me. The muscle/tendon that seems to hurt the most is in the front part of my shoulder into my bicep. I should also mention the pain would extend in the front part of my collarbone. Anyway, I have range of motion issues....can't extend my arm in front of me as if you were stretching out your shoulder, can be painful to put my hand on my hip and can't stretch it backwards. When it is moved into this position, I am in intense pain....I can extend my arm straight out and above my head, but there is pain associated with this move. At first I could not sleep on that shoulder and if I ended up on my right side in the middle of the night, I would wake up in pain. I seem to be able to sleep on it more and more now. I have been trying to avoid seeing a doctor, but the lack of being able to exercise (I do yoga) and being able to fully use my arm is getting to me. I have been trying to stretch it when my shoulder feels better and would have no problem doing exercises at home. My hubby and dad; however, feel I should see a doctor. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance,
ETA: Forgot to add that I have a clicking or catching in my shoulder when I move it as well.
Last edited by Punkyman; 05-09-2012 at 07:14 PM.
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