Pain: Rt. shoulder to my neck, up neck/head, around top of ear, stops at temple.

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   Posted 9/28/2011 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
For 3 or so weeks I have had a pain starting at my right shoulder, rotator cuff area, straight to my neck, then straight up my neck, straight up my head just behind my ear, over the top of my ear and ending at my temple.
I remember doing something that caused my shoulder and the area from the shoulder tip to the base of my neck to start hurting, but don't know why the vertical part of my neck, around my ear, to my temple would be involved.

Any ideas? I'm an idiot when it comes to medical issues.


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   Posted 9/28/2011 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Best place to start if you haven't yet is with your doctor and go from there...
have you tried to use ice packs or maybe now heat compresses???
you kinda left out a lot, so...If you can't get help with your regular doctor then
ask for a referral to a neurologists and go from that...
Sure hope you can get a low pain day soon and please add further information if you can like
if you've been to your doctor? if you sprained the area sometimes that can take 6 weeks or longer to
fully heal...Many well wishes to you...
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   Posted 9/29/2011 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not against my yearly check ups at 60. I have 5 dr. that I grew up with in high school. One thing they say all the time is "pick your poison carefully. This to them means there is a little poison in every pill you take that is a prescription. They do prescribe but are very cautious and tell patients the real/honest ins and outs of pharm.
I can rub ACTIVON on it and the pain goes away for a few hours. I can touch the pain and massage it and it feels better. I'll give it a week more. I'll be in Dallas vs Red River, NM (where doctors are at a minimal) and see someone in Tx.
Thanks a lot.
Any connection between the tip of the shoulder and the path this pain takes?

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   Posted 9/29/2011 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Shoulder impingement, with or without rotator cuff tear, can cause pain in shoulder and in the muscle up the side of the neck.  Those are some of my symptoms.  I also have pain in the biceps tendon and down the biceps.  My pain doc had me given an MRI which showed inflamed bursa and tendonitis.
My docs have given me the max doses (3) of steroid shots in the bursa, so I can't have any more.  The first one, given from the back of the shoulder didn't work, but the next two worked for a few weeks.  X-ray showed bone spurs.  Two arthropedic surgeons agreed that I needed surgery, which is coming up in a few weeks.
My tramadol doesn't touch this pain, but several of the NSAIDS work well, although most don't last very long.  I had to experiment with several and came up with Celebrex, but am only allowed to take it once a day because my doc is worried it is bad for the kidneys.  You can't tell it's harming them unless you have a blood test.  That's why I am not going to just use the Celebrex long term.
The first orthopedic surgeon I saw didn't diagnose the condition because he only has x-rays done, and they don't show tendonitis or bursitis.  The bone spurs are small, so he ignored that.  I think the second surgeon would have also sent me away, but I took the MRI disk to the appointment.

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   Posted 9/30/2011 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I don't take pain pills. Either work it out best I can or I go natural. I have 3 herniated discs and two blow out knees (no medial compartment meniscus in either knee.) I am not tough or have a pain threshold so high that it doesn't bother me but with every pill is a little poison as I have been told.
This one is more likely a strain. Activon works ok, cold packs help a lot so I'm hoping it'll go away.
I hope yours gets under control soon and you are pain free but do be careful of what you take. Side affects can be worse than the pain in the long run for many people.
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