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steelermom85
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Registered on: ‎08-28-2013

Constant neck pain and arm pain

Hi everyone! I am having neck pain which spread to my shoulder but is now shooting down my arm causing my hand to numb throughout the day. I am currently working with a chiropractor since I thought this was from sleeping wrong but wanted to see if anyone else had this issue. My back doctor seems to think it is a pinched blood vessel since no movement seems to make it ease. It is only in one arm, is a constant pain and is causing me to be lethargic and weak. 

 

Thank you all for your responses! 

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gb2847
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Registered on: ‎04-10-2011

Re: Constant neck pain and arm pain

I am sorry about the pain you are in.

It could also be a pinched nerve.  Either way, it is serious enough that you should get it taken care of as soon as you can.  I suggest seeing an orthopedist.  If you need a referral, then go to your regular doctor for that.

 

I hope you get this corrected soon!

gb2847
Diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 by mistake --1/26/11
Diagnosed correctly with Type 1-- 4/5/11 (just before 47th birthday)
using Animas pump and Dexcom cgm
Also have Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Asthma, Osteo Arthritis, Osteo Pinea, Gastroparesis, GERD, Hypersensitivity to irritants in environment (lungs, eyes), and Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea
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kittykat2
Total Posts: 56
Registered on: ‎01-30-2012

Re: Constant neck pain and arm pain

My husband had pain in his shoulder and shoulder blade before he had a heart attack.  Thought it was overexhertion from painting an old house.  Not everyone experiences the chest pain and down the left arm pain.  Have you seen a cardiologist.  You could also have plaque buildup, which is narrowing blood flow in those areas.  Also, if your blood sugars have been running high you can have inflamation in your joints causing pain and even tendonitis.  You may have neuropathy.  The neurologist may want you to have an EMG.  The list goes on.  In my opinion a Chiropractor would be the last place I would start in order to diagnose and treat the problem     Hopefully it's not that serious.  Take care.    

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TikTok2
Total Posts: 2,153
Registered on: ‎05-13-2013

Re: Constant neck pain and arm pain

I pulled / stretched a nerve and damaged it 15 years ago; have had muscle spasms in my neck, head, face, and upper back ever since. When its bad it also refers pain down my arm. To complicate things, when the inflammatory arthritis flares, it flares, so Its not just a simple thing here. 

 

My chiropractor has given me more relief from it than anyone since my manaul PT back when it first started, but then we moved and I never could find a decent PT around here.

 

For me: muscle relaxants help, ice and heat help, exercise helps, the chiro helps, cortisone injections into the cervical facet joints helps, triggerpoint injections help. 

 

I tried lyrica but it gave me migraines. May try cymbalta, neurontin. May try nerve ablation. 

 

Two neurosurgeons don't think its the bone spurs pressing on the nerves, so ruling out that. 

 

Going for nerve conduction testing soon. Can't believe no one has done that for me yet.

 

I think for you, that's a good test to do as well. 

 

Unfortunately these things are usually not straightforward. But I wish you luck. 

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• Diabetes on both sides of my family.
• Assumed trouble metabolizing sugar as long as I can remember; migraines induced by hunger, very sleepy after meals high in carbohydrates from childhood. Learned how to avoid sugar and lots of complex carbs early on.
• Since early 2000s, "prediabetes" controlled through low carb diet and exercise, mostly walking. FBG 95-105, A1c below 6; glucose tolerance test was borderline.
• But weight drifted upwards but working on it.
• NAFLD brought under control with pravastatin.
• Metformin ER, 500 mg, started sept 2013 when A1c reached 6.5 despite diet and exercise regiment since early 2000s. A1c back down to ~6.0.
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bentredrider
Total Posts: 1,319
Registered on: ‎11-05-2012

Re: Constant neck pain and arm pain


steelermom85 wrote:

Hi everyone! I am having neck pain which spread to my shoulder but is now shooting down my arm causing my hand to numb throughout the day. I am currently working with a chiropractor since I thought this was from sleeping wrong but wanted to see if anyone else had this issue. My back doctor seems to think it is a pinched blood vessel since no movement seems to make it ease. It is only in one arm, is a constant pain and is causing me to be lethargic and weak. 

 

Thank you all for your responses! 


Steelermom85;

Sorry to hear about this pain, in your neck radiating down your arm related to numbness in your hand.  I've got this as well.  My hand was about 50% numb.  My PCP sent me to a nuerologist and several specialists.  I've had a series of injections into the epidural space in my cervical spine, physical therapy, as ordered by the nuerosurgeon.  Though I've gotten most of the feeling back in my hand....  the neck, chest, and arm pain are moderate to severe.   MRI disclosed a crushed nerve in something called "double crush syndrome"  on weekends I can use pain medication otherwise I would have a difficult time typing this. 

 

Even today, while driving my car, I was howling OUCH into the inside of the windshield......  this started about 4 months ago....  I don't feel the pain when I'm sleeping, otherwise it's ever present.

 

The primary cause for me has been determined to be maintaining sustained postures while working and secondary cause is diabetes.    They don't want to do surgery, they wont consider it until bG, and BP are improved...  

 

I don't have advice for you, only a shared experience.  I worked 3 days last week as planned because it aggravates my spinal crush.  At the end of the third day.....  I was calling the surgeon in tears after vomiting from the pain...  almost begging for the surgery, thats where we are at right now.  

 

It's been the most painful experience of my life. 

Best, to you
first dx T2 in 2008 oral meds didn't work, injected Victoza worked for months
bG went extremely high and I started injecting insulin at urgent care
2nd Dx as T1 IDDM or T1.5 IDDM 8-13
got Dexcom CGM
Now using Tslim pump, diligence and Novalog
to achieve tight control, to keep my job and life
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deafmack
Total Posts: 2,527
Registered on: ‎10-31-2009

Re: Constant neck pain and arm pain

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i belong to some neuropathy support groups on Facebook but also to a  couple of chronic pain groups as well. They have a lot of links to resources that might prove beneficial to you. It is worth a try at least. I wold at the very least talk with a pain management clinic about what your other options are.

 I agree with BentBikeRider about the severity of pain. I have awakened out of a sound sleep and paced the floor crying and or sitting and rocked back and forth. I know  how bad pain can get. I am allergic to most OTC pain meds so have to be careful and will try to tough it out before finally caving in and taking something. I hope the pain leaves soon for you.

a Deaf person with Diabetes.