Chronic L Shoulder pain, weakness L elbow, numbness ring/little

by Austin
(Prineville, Oregon)

I am a retired Army Combat Medic. I was retired at 23 and am now 26.

SX 1. I was diagnosed with tendonosis L elbow by the army however their (Army and VA) diagnosis' are often a check the block diagnosis. The L elbow started before all other Sx and was initially treated through RICE and occupational therepy. As soon as I put it back to work the pain and weakness returned.

I went from maxing my physical tests to having the inability to hand someone a glass of water with an outstretched hand and it's my dominant side. There is a specific location of painin my elbow ulnar side, on top. Hand grip unaffected. ROM limited with an outstretched arm nomatter the direction.

SX 2. Numbness and tingling in the fingers especially in the ring and little finger. Seem to be more susceptible to cold, including feet.

SX 3. The worst Sx yet is my L Shoulder pain. It ranges from limiting, distracting, debilitating, and excruciating. I constantly and flailing my arms about feeling the need to stretch it or create space to relieve pressure on the nerve or to have someone apply pressure to loosen the muscles.. Once while having a friend apply pressure with their elbow we both felt as if something had burst inside my shoulder (like a water balloon. It was not painful and was actually kinda relieving. pulling my shoulders back is painful.

Sx 4. Bilateral neck pain, primarily on the L side. Stiffness and swelling trailing from the neck to the shoulder. pinpoint pain location with the urge to "grind", rotate neck, stretch for and aft and to the Right.

Medical diagnosis' that apply; Sarcoidosis of the lungs and lymph nodes, tendonosis L elbow.
It seems no medications relieve the pain (unless euphoria is achieved). Have tried naprosyn, motrin, etodolac, Norco, cannabis, flexiril, mobic and indocin.

According to federal doctors there is nothing to note from x-rays, or Ct Scans. Other commonly experienced Sx include loss of balance, fatigue (even after full rest and a "biblical diet" [organic vegetarian, constant urge to pop joints in fingers sand wrists (bilateral).

I guess what I am seeking from you would just be your opinion of likely causes to all this. I feel I cannot trust the answers from my providers due to possible government secrets/weapons/cover-ups. A hollistic med provider I sought thought possibly heavy metal poisoning (I have SEVERAL fillings and some have begun to break down) and or Lyme disease.

Like I said I am now 26 and am experiencing pains and stiffness like I'm 70. Prior I had always been very fit and I am still very active most days.

I know you can't diagnose via email but your opinion is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and if any more information is needed I will do the best I can't to provide it.

Hello Austin,
You are a text-book chiropractic case with possible overtones of a medical condition, since sarcoidosis has presumably been confirmed.

That discomfort in the neck, the shoulder, a probable tennis elbow and tingling in the C8 dermatome. It's all one problem. The first rib, and a cervical rib also needs to be considered, though presumably would have been commented on in the x-ray.

Remember scans only show stuff when it's advanced. In the early stages, X-rays and scans are often negative. But the physical exam I'm certain would be positive. Kemp's test, Upper Limvb Tension test, resisted isometric wrist extension ...

Gather your scans and look for an experienced, thorough chiro in your neck of the woods. Talk to friends and fam, even your GP for a name.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

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by: Austin

Thank you for taking the time dr. B. I'm glad to finally have a direction to take this that will actually lead to my body being fixed. Lol.

Pleasure, Austin, let us know in a few weeks how you are getting on.

Dr B

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