Right neck shoulder armpit elbow finger painful aches
Arthritis of the uncinate process affects the nerve root
Right neck shoulder armpit elbow finger painful aches are very debilitating.
I know I have arthritis in my neck on the right side. Over the last 5 years pain has been worsening with limited range of motion. If I hand mow the lawn or push a vacuum cleaner then I pay for it greatly later.
I do feel better most days after sleeping, however at first waking up it is stiff an painful. Sometimes I wake and can't get my arm down for a half hour. I've had tendinitis and bursitis in all areas of my right arm and hand through the years. I worked with paper files for years and now am on a computer, both combined to a total of 19 years.
My fingers have felt like achy and larger than actual size. My pinky aches and I have what I call nerve pain on my wrist into thumb and down to pointer finger. My shoulder pain goes up my neck sometimes to my ear and across the collarbone. When I raise my arm overhead it does alleviate very briefly and my shoulder clicks. I must do this every 5 minutes on bad days.
A few months ago when reaching a for the alarm my shoulder clicked and jolted and shifted my whole arm VERY visibly. Now I am unable to move my arm in several directions. I have to help move it sometimes with my left arm. If I lay my hand across my stomach I have to use my left arm to move to a suitable position. Here is another instance, sitting at my desk and reaching in my smock pocket is very stiff and painful. I have to shrug my shoulder up. Shift my body to the right, tuck my elbow in and twist the hand and elbow out to get my hand back out. I could go on, but...
There's plenty of research showing that all of this most likely stems from an irritated nerve, in your case C6, in your neck; I say that because the thumb and index finger is very specific.
Secondly, what you describe is the classic 'shoulder abduction relief' sign; lifting your hand above your head reduces the pain and tingling.
The median nerve, with a lot of C6 supplies large parts of the shoulder, elbow and wrist muscles; that irritation is now giving you signs of a frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome with the puffy fingers. Support for the elbow is very important when using the mouse.
Are you unable to move your right shoulder across your abdomen for example because of pain - it hurts - or because of weakness? You simply can't do it.
If this arthritis is specific to your neck mainly then it's simply an old whiplash injury that wasn't well managed at the time; but if there is inflammation in other joints and muscles, and organs, then it's time to look to your diet. Like that pain in your little finger.
The body is made to move and this degenerative change will progress rapidly if you are sedentary; start gentle exercises for your neck and shoulder, wrist and hands.
Note I said gentle; you're not preparing for the winter Olympics team! It mustn't hurt. If you get too enthusiastic you'll simply make yourself miserable.
This applies on a macro scale; your whole body as in walking and swimming for example; but as chiropractors we believe that's true at a micro level too; that frozen joint in your neck must start moving; or it will soon turn to concrete.
The change to an anti inflammatory diet and shifting from a sedentary lifestyle is profound; look upon it as a journey leading you away from bagels and coffee for breakfast towards prunes, 100% wholemeal bread, colourful salads and fruit and foods like hummus that you may never have heard of; you may have to make them yourself from scratch.
Start with a walk at lunch time, apple in hand.
Good luck, I hope this contributes. A thorough professional exam is called for to confirm this, and look for other causes of your right neck, shoulder, armpit, elbow, and finger painful aches.
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