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   Posted 1/25/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm new to this forum.  Its January 25, 2008 and before Christmas I fell down my short, steep, carpeted stairs (about 5 of them).  I had fell down them about 3 years ago (about 9 of them) and fractured the bone right above my tailbone. nono Anywho, THIS time I tried to land on my side to avoid hurting my back and ended up hurting my right side, from my shoulder to my hand.  I went to the chiropractor a couple of weeks ago and felt SOOO sore mad .  I still can't exercise properly, it hurts when I try to raise my arm straight up in the air.  It seems like mid-way between my elbow and my shoulder it hurts, you know under the shoulder muscle that is bigger on guys then it smaller?  How can you tell I'm not good with the muscles and the muscle groups?? Anyway, I usually end up dreading going to sleep because I don't know where to put my arm.  I end up putting either 'Polar Ice' on it or 'Rub A535 Ultra strength and taking a 400mg ibuprofen.  For quite a while I was taking 2 rapid release extra strength gel caps of acetominiphen but they didn't seem to help.  My pain is worst in the morning, probably cause I slept on it wrong but sometimes during the day when I move it wrong or I just feel pain(like now) radiating down my arm from my shoulder to the bones in my hand(good thing I'm left-handed).  I don't know who I should see...when I told my Dr. about it she just said to do exercises so that it wouldn't become frozen shoulder(which my sister had and it was very painful)some help my Dr. is!!!!  You just can't get a good Dr. in Edmonton Ab, Canada.  Hardly any dr.s are even taking new patients.  Who do you think I should see?  

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 1/25/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG---you sound like me! I have read both of your posts----(about costochondritis too)---and I have very similar symptoms---but, mine started back in May 2007! I had a slew of tests done (MRI, spine xrays, b12 tests, PT (twice)) and am still in pain! The MDs have been focusing on my MID-BACK until recently---when, for the past two months or so---my neck has been hurting, my right arm is numb/cold, etc.. when I do repetitive stuff (even being on the computer)......

MONDAY (1/28) I finally get an MRI of my neck/shoulder----I am hoping they find something---otherwise, my MD told me that MAYBE my joints are locking up (I am not sure what you do for that)--but, it is very painful----

I had two PTs tell me my joints in both my mid-back and neck are 'locking'---causing pain--but, they wouldn't say what the locking could be from......

they thought (way back in June) that I could've had costchondritis---but, the pain never went away (costochondritis is supposed to last a month or two max)!

I don't know who to tell you to see---at this point--after I get some test results back from my Back Specialist (both the neck MRI and an EMG for nerve test)---if I don't get results--I may try acupuncture---- I just did a search on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (thanks to some people here)---and also cervicobrachial syndrome (?)---and I just keep Back Specialist doesn't "believe" in Thoracic Outlet...........

I hope you continue to post your progress--and hopefully, someone else will have answers for ya'....I understand your pain! It makes me anxious too---and it stinks!


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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Has your dr bothered to x-ray your shoulder? If not, I would go back and insist on one. I would also write down all the things you have tried for pain relief and let them know you need something other than OTC crap. I would go back to my PCP for this. If you are a back sleeper, you might try a pillow under your arm to get it level with the rest of you. I wish I could be of more help...Susie

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   Posted 1/27/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Twinner and welcome! You need to have a doctor really check that out thoroughly. Sounds like you have some damage in there. It's likely irritation, or something torn, or even something broken but neither you nor I can know without help. If your doc won't help the get to an orthopedic doc. Orthopedics is the field of medicine that deals with injuries or deformities affecting bones, ligaments, and muscles. They will help.

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