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I've had neck and shoulder problems for about ten years. I've recently left a psychologically abusive relationship, which is why I didn't get it treated sooner.
After a thorough sonogram by a sonogram technician, my GP looked at the sonogram results and has dianosed me as having mild bursitis.
My GP didn't perform any sort of manual exam or range-of-motion tests. He didn't draw fluid to test for an infection. Based on the sonogram, he set me up for a cortisone shot followed by physical therapy.
I'm wondering if it's reasonably likely there could be some other problem, and the bursitis is only a secondary issue. Ten years seems like a long time to have a swollen bursa without it clearing up on its own.
I don't have any obvious contributatory issues (no arthritis or gout). I haven't had a job in six years, and (while stressful) my living situation has been physically non-demanding for three years.
I want to say that I think my doctor is trying to get me into a treatment plan that will (hopefully) reduce my pain as quickly as possible. I'm just concerned that he might be rushing to treating the sympto1ms before determining the cause.
I have pain in my right shoulder and neck. This pain includes intermittent tingling in my right fingers, intermittent swelling in my right wrist, pain and stiffness in the muscles (front and back) that attach at the shoulder, pain in the back of my neck, pain in a long thin muscle between my shoulder and clavicle, and pain in a "c" behind the back of my neck. In general, there's no pain after I wake up and it gradually increases through the day. When I go to lie down to sleeo, I feel nerve twinges as I adjust my head on my pillow. By the time I wake up, everyting is back to normal and there's no pain or swelling.
COuld this be a simple swollen bursa that never healed itself, or would the length of time indicate there could be some underlying cause my GP didn't investigate?
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