I have had shoulder pain for the last 3 years. It started getting worse about 4 months ago and no one is able to tell me why. I have done MRI's of my head neck and shoulder without any results. Furthermore I have gone through a full neurological and orthopedic check up, again, not resulting in an answer. My main symptoms are pain when raising my arm horizontally up till 45° (more is very painful), which by the way is not from a shoulder impingement. When raising my arm like that I have a tingling sensation in my fingers. In addition I have extreme shoulder fatigue, meaning that after a while of using my arm it will feel tired and basically unusable (this can happen from simple things such as writing, brushing my teeth... ). Neck stiffness and I have jaw problems( with this I mean that it pops and from time to time gets stuck over periods of hours or even weeks) which might be completely unrelated but I am mentioning it anyways?
I strongly suggest physical therapy (gentle stretching exercises) to unlock the stiff muscles. It might take you for about 10 visits to learn those exercises, and then you have to do it daily in order to prevent the muscles from getting rigid. You don't have to do a whole lot, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. Yet you have to be persistent for doing the exercises even if you feel better. Those physical therapy exercises seemed like nothing at first, but it will show the results if you are persistent enough to do it on a daily basis with professional help. They help you to learn it the right way first, and then you go home to do it daily according to the printed instructions. If you don't see the result right away, do not rush yourself.
Sounds to me like you have a bicep tear. Especially where your arm is weak and you can't lift it beyond 45 degrees of motion.
Do to the location, biceps tears are hard to detect on either an MRI or a cat-scan.
My bicep tear was noticed while my rotator cuff was being repaired. When I woke up I asked my Dr why he didn't know ahead of time about the bicep tear and he told me there hard to detect with Imaging (MRI).
I would make another appointment with your orthopedic doctor and ask him to examine both your bicep & tricep muscles.
As for the jaw, I too believe it's TMJ related.
I hope you feel better soon!
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