Hi! I need help. I have had extremely bad pain in my shoulder/arm for about 7 months now. It is aggravated by exercise, but it doesn't actually hurt during the exercise. I have just noticed that the day after exercise (which involves simple stuff like running for as little as 15 minutes and doing some ab exercises) the pain starts to flare up. The pain always starts in my left shoulder. It seems to be coming from the supraspinatus area (just guessing based of of diagram of the body I've looked up). It then continuously gets worse and travels down my left arm into my elbow (which hurts very badly) and my pinky and ring and middle finger. The pain switches off between throbbing and a tingly aching (similar to hitting my funny bone but it's in my shoulder too). So far, I've seen a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, and a physical therapist. I had MRI's done on my brain and neck. My brain was clean and I had a slight bulging disk in my neck in the C4-C5 region (somewhere around there)? The neurosurgeon thought my disk wasn't bulging enough to cause much pain and it also only made sense that it would cause pain in my shoulder and not arm. He prescribed physical therapy for 6 weeks which seemed to help but once that finished and I started exercising again, the pain flared back up to how it had been at the beginning. Once the pain comes, it stays for 1-2 weeks. Ice seems to help numb it, but only temporarily. I've spent so much money on medical costs for them to tell me they don't know what's wrong. Before I see anyone else, I want to know if anyone's had this problem/ know's what it is or who I should see. I can't afford to keep going to doctors for them to tell me they don't know. The pain interferes greatly with my sleep and my school work. It's obviously stopped me from doing physical activity for the most part. No pain reliever reduces the pain (naproxen sodium, ibuprofen, etc). I also got an epidural injection in my neck in the area where the disk was bulging which didn't seem to help at all. Just some background information that might be useful: I used to cheer in middle and high school during which I was very active and had no problems. I have a history of migraines. The pain also seems to be correlated with stress. I am 20 years old, soon to be 21. Also, I'm left handed.
Hi kj, have you seen an orthopedic surgeon? It sounds like you have something going on in the shoulder itself. And the tingling in your long and small fingers is very typical of ulnar nerve entrapment. I think your best bet is to see an ortho guy at this point. Hope this helps, feel free to ask anything else. L
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