Thanks for your reply, I am searching for some answers it is very painfull and as you said gets worse with lifting especiallly for me and also never stops, it is just there all the time. I am trying to come up with some other options, if you have any ideas feel free to send a mssg. I hope you feel better soon. I thought about going to mayo I am so fed up. Take care:)
Afloat, you are the first person that I have heard of that has this. And I mean the winging. I had an accident and my shoulder was hurt, but no one knew what was wrong. When I went to the neurologist I was first tested for MS and when he found I didn't have that, he said I had a wing-tipped scapula and that I had lost about 70% of the muscle. He said there was nothing to do for it. Mine used to hurt all the time as well as my scapula would stick out of my back. Now it isn't constant, but when it hurts, it's incapacitating. I am on pain management for other issues and I have just dealt with it. I have tried to research it on the internet but could never find anything. If you know of any sites, please pass them on.
It is definitely worth a shot, especially given how much pain you are in. Osteopathic physicians are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine and most insurance companies will cover osteopathic manipulative treatment just like any other medical treatment. The nice thing about being treated for chronic pain by an osteopathic physician (D.O.) rather than a chiropractor or other "alternative" health practitioner, is that a D.O. is equivalent to an M.D. (went through the same training, did a residency, took the national board exams, can prescribe meds, etc.); so if you need to resort to "standard" treatment for pain, you can do so with the same provider.
Your doctors may not have recommended this treatment because they are not familiar with the techniques. The techniques are not a cure-all for any type of chronic pain, but can definitely make a difference in many cases. You can research "osteopathic manipulation" in peer-reviewed journals by using the search engine www.pubmed.com, and www.osteopathic.org is the homepage for the American Osteopathic Association.
Best of luck and let me know if you have other questions.
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I had an EMG specific for long thoracic nerve and it is done by a neurologist. Mine came up negative, but today, I started having sooting pains down my L arm & it got so bad, I had to go to the ER. This could be your problem, it's worth a shot. Don't give up doctors don't know everything, do your own research, that is how I got my dr. 2 refer me 2 the neurologist. You should get an MRI through an Orthopedic Dr. they are supposed to see any bone and or muscle problems, along w/tendons. If I do not get into an Ortho who will think outside the box asap, I am going to the Mayo Clinic, In Cleveland. I just cannot take anymore*****VIP****If it is shooting, I would go 2 the ?ER & get and EKG & bloodwork 2 make sure your heart is o.k. That is what the Dr. tested me 4 along with a x-ray, showed nothing, of course. I have dealt with this for almost 2 years and am only 30 and I should not have 2 live like this and u either. It is still getting worse, I feel that mine is tendons, muscle, nerve related. I have had pt-5/6 times and am not getting better, but worse. I have tried to be patient, but they r missing something big, I no longer want 2 use my left arm at all. Kepp trying and keep hope, but don't give up we are the ones who deal with this pain and limitation everyday, they do not live it. I wish you luck. Let me know what u find out. I am here if you need 2 cry, scream or just listen. This extra pain now radiating down my arm is too much. If you are dealing w/this 24/7 like me, Get 2 ice packs, it helps atleast a little, but u need pain management, meds, blocks, shots to keep you functional & lower your pain as much as possible. I am happy I am not alone, but I wwish U wern't going through this it is tough. Let me know, I am going 2 call the Cleveland branch that is closest 2 me, I am in Indiana, If you google the Mayo Clinic or Cleveland, you will find one closest 2 where u live. Good Luck 2 you and have a Happy painfree holiday.
I hear ya'.......I'm only 38---and shouldn't be experiencing this either! I went to the ER twice in June----b/c I thought I was having a heart attack (but, the pain was on the Right side)---and they checked me over---told me I was stressed and sent me home----told me to take Valium b/c I am a SAHM, have three young children.....Yeah....whatever!
I've been doing a bunch of research online----and Googled the following words:
brachial plexus (mainly in children or those injured in a car/motorcycle accident--not me, I guess)
And found some interesting sites...
(the one above I looked up b/c I kept telling my primary MD about feeling like I had 'stitches' in my right side--and they would travel around---"oh must be your GI tract"....)
If you go to the Home Page of that site listed above--it has some interesting items....maybe it can give someone some ideas about where the pain is--to help explain to your MDs?
The book above has some other interesting "places" you can have trigger pain----
Here is the homepage:
(SCROLL DOWN A WAYS TO SEE SOME OF THE "SYMPTOMS" THEY REVIEW)
I don't know anything about this book---but, looking at the different things I am experiencing--and looking at those "symptoms"/etc. in this book--it is interesting.......So, I just thought I would share this with anyone experiencing various pains--who may be interested....
I hate sitting around waiting to have my MD throw another pill at me---but for what? It's not working---so, I search the net....
I go to PT tonight for my evaluation (this is the second PT place in 7 months)---should be interesting what they "think" is going on..........
If anyone has read this book---has any comments on it---let me know.....I just may buy it.....we'll see!
Float---you can come and vent, cry or get angry too---that's what we are here for, right?! You too, Razzle--and anyone else who is experiencing this garbage.....LOL---
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