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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: pinched nerve or something else?

 dutchmanto3 - Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:37 pm

I have been having pain in my left shoulder/scapula and down left arm since last week. It has been so bad at times that I experience nausea. I have had no known injury. The only time I am pain free is when I am recumbant or semi recumbant in bed. I've had an EKG and it was normal. Does this sound like a pinched nerve in my neck or is it something else? Some fellow coworkers have suggested pinched nerve, Thoracic outlet Syndrome. I've been doing some online research and some of my symptoms point to other possibilities such as Angina, Thoracic aneurysm. I hope to get an appointment with DR. Tomorrow. I wonder if I should see Primary Care physician first or push for Orthopedist.
 Kim C, RN - Sun Jun 26, 2005 10:42 pm

Your primary care physician should be able to evaluate you for all possible sources of your problem and then refer you appropriately.

Your symptoms made me think first of a torn rotator cuff, or something similar. It doesn't seem cardiac in nature, although your doctor will be the one to confirm that for you.

While you're waiting for your appointment, you may want to try an anti-inflammatory/pain reliever such as Advil. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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