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Old 03-03-2010, 07:08 AM   #1
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Shoulder pain-rotator?

Was in car accident 2 weeks ago. My left shoulder seems to have taken the brunt. Was rear-ended and pushed into car in front. 5 Cars all were affected. It hurts really bad at night. Can't find a spot it doensn't hurt. Starts right in center of shoulder wing and the pain radiates from inside shoulder wing to top and side of shoulder down to my elbow and now my left side of neck is getting stiff and headaches. Burning pain constantly with sharp pains dressing and feels weak and sharp pain just lifting a glass to drink. Have been resting,taking muscle relaxor, Ibuprofen and double dose Naproxen even and nothing really makes it stop.
I pretty much just try and not use my arm but even while not using it, it aches dully.
Could this be rotator cuff injury? Tried some light weights (2lbs.) for shoulder strengthening a week ago and that just made my lower back hurt so I stopped that.
Sitting in my car really agitates it when sitting in a prone position even. When will this get better! Have a follow-up Friday with my GP.

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Old 03-04-2010, 02:43 AM   #2
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Re: Shoulder pain-rotator?

Radiating pain is often an indicator of myofascial damage and any muscle strengthening has the probability to tear the myofascia worse and set back your recovery. Please avoid any self treatment until you have a definite diagnosis and mention to your GP concerns about muscle, tendon, ligament and myofascial damage.

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Old 03-04-2010, 06:08 AM   #3
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Thank you. I now have a new symptom that crept up yesterday. Area of pain under collarbone up which spreads up to neck has been hurting and feels heavy. Last nite felt in area of crook of armpit and upper pectoral and have a large swelling and slight lumpy in touch bout the size of baseball. What is that? Swelling from somewhere else that is pooling there? Starting to get slight pain when I breathe a deep breath.
Appointment tomorrow. Can't wait and don't know what tests he would request. Just want this straightened out.

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Re: Shoulder pain-rotator?

If it is your rotator cuff weights should be the last thing you attempt. I had surgery last year on my rotator cuff and PT started out with just stretches until the arm was stablized enough to then do light weights. You really need to see an orthopedic doc for an assessment, MRI, etc.

Old 03-04-2010, 06:57 AM   #5
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Thank you! I definitely will not b doing weights or PT! Will see what GP says tomorrow and hopefully he will run everything to get this straightened out. Hate feeling like this!

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