I’ve had results back but there still not clear. Any help?

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Hi, so I’ll go into a little bit of a brief detail last September I was hit with this over whelming pain in my shoulder and went to see doctors who said it was just frozen shoulder. I had physio for 3 months which did not help so he sent me back to my doctor who sent me for a neck X-ray which came back clear. So nearly a year down the line and the pain still there and numbness, pain and tingling down my left arm I was referred to a neurologist who sent me for an MRI and Nerve Conduction test. The results came back last week and the neurologist report says there are no sinister neurological conditions that I have. So my question is where do I go from here because I just seem to be stuck in this loop of hoping to find an answer then being back at square one while still being in a hell of a lot of pain and now struggling to do some daily activities like brushing my hair or putting socks on.

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    In the absence of any test result evidence of any other underlying problem, you would seem to have just that - a frozen shoulder.  I had this many years ago, where I had a trapped trapezial nerve which froze up the shoulder and my previous partner also suffered a long standing frozen shoulder following surgery to his collar bone.  Unfortunately it happens.  I really sympathise, its horribly uncomfortable and restrictive.  Just keep on with exercises recommended by the physio and if you've been prescribed any muscle relaxants, do take them as required.  Regrettably these things are self determining , ie they clear up only when theyre ready.  

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    Have you looked up Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR).  Some of these pains seem very similar to what many of us suffer (ie. shoulder pain, pain in upper arms, brushing hair, putting socks on,etc).

    Worth looking it up.😏

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      good point contance.  Busybee - you might wish to ask them to do the standard blood tests used to help indicate pmr - Two blood tests – erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) – can be used to check the levels of inflammation in your body.

      If the ESR and CRP test results are normal, it’s unlikely that polymyalgia rheumatica will be diagnosed but at least it will rule it out.

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      Loxie, don’t forget that about 20% of patients with PMR have no significantly high blood markers, even at the start of PMR.😏  One of our experts (Eileen) is one of these.  The problem is that doctors/rheumatologist haven’t sussed this yet!!

    • Posted

      same with fibromyalgia - testing for this type of pain syndrome is woefully behind the times isnt it.

      I do know however that a frozen shoulder can take forever - mine lasted 18 months and just freed itself in the end.

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    Hello Busy Bee, 

    Maybe try this for a month or 2, try coming off of all processed sugar and when I say all, I mean all. So, this would include white flour, white sugar, white rice, white salt (salt is not a starch, but it is a chemical made in a lab). Sugar pulls calcium from your bones making them weak.  Start taking turmeric it is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.  Your body is acidic and lacking in oxygen. 

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    sorry your in so much pain. I too suffered bilateral frozen shoulders but mine was caused by cervical arthritis and I cannot have an operation as it’s too risky so every now and then they snap back in, I cannot even dress myself as I have little movement when it happens but I did get relief through a shoulder specialist he sent me for physio with a shoulder physiotherapist. She was marvellous and taught me how to manage it and very gentle exercises using bands. You need to see a shoulder specialist to rule out rotator cuff first then let the specialist take it from there. 

    Good luck


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