Numbness in arm and pain in shoulder
My question is around both cure and prevention of my injury/condition.
My shoulder is painful, more of an ache than an outright pain, but bad enough that by the end of the day I feel slightly nauseous. The center of the pain appears to be under my collar bone and towards my neck, on the left side of my body.
I can feel a slight crunching feeling sometimes when I move. I just feel like I want someone to give my arm a good tug.
Recently, I have been waking up with my left arm completely numb, as if it is no longer part of my body, which is very disconcerting. Some mornings, I just have a numbness in my pinkie and ring finger. But there is numbness/tingling/loss of sensation every morning.
I normally sleep on my right side, in a relaxed fetal position but I have been waking up recently lying flat on my back with my left arm in the position a traffic policeman would use to stop traffic! Needless to say I also feel very tired.
I've noticed that my shoulder doesn't "look right", so I've attached a photo for you.
Female. 41 years old. Height 5' 7". 61 kg. Right handed. Work involves sitting in front of a computer. I don't remember a specific incident that happened to cause it, but I have been putting up with the pain/annoyance for some months.
And finally to the question! Is there enough information for you to know what this is? How do I fix it and how to I prevent it from coming back?
Many thanks in advance,Hello Wendy,
1. Is the SC joint, arrowed, tender and is there a swollen lump?
2. Exactly where is the tingling and numb feeling in your arm and hand? The ring finger and pinkie belong to the C8 dermatome from your neck, but can also be affected in a thoracic outlet syndrome.
3. Is it painful out on the shoulder proper, and in the midback. Does using your arm hurt? Where? What movements?
4. It would seem that raising your arm relieves the ache. is that right? If you put your hand on your head, do you get relief, or is it worse? Do it when your arm is tingling.
5. Are any movements of your head and neck painful? Where and which movements?
In short, you really need a careful and thorough examination. If it goes down the arm then I usually recommend an xray of your neck and perhaps your chest. Any cough? Any lumps and bumps above the collarbone, in your neck, in the armpit?
Whilst this is a condition that chiropractors treat on a daily basis, it might be an idea to get an examination by your doctor; don't let him just prescribe you pills. What's needed is a diagnosis. Ask for an xray.
Let me know.