5 weeks ago I had very strong muscle contraction/spasm which lasted for about 30-40 seconds which caused stiffed left arms, left shoulder and upper back.
After 2-3 days stiffness was gone and I was back on normal movement. However, there was a burning sensation on my triceps and pins and needles pain on elbow joint and in triceps muscle. Also there was a stabbing pain in upper back right in the middle.
Since then I have same pain and now sometimes on left chest as well. It is pain like somebody is pinching me. Its constant 24/7. My GP prescribed NSAIDs and keeps saying its muscle pain and it will go away. I visited Osteo and they are saying same thing. GP ordered Xray which is normal.
I read lots of article on net but none helped so far on try to find out what exactly is happened and how to fix it. Pain is bearable whilst I take NSAIDs then it comes back again. There is no restriction of movement or weakness just constant pin/needle pain.
Initially 2 days I felt numbness and tingle in my left ring finger but it is normal now. Just tricep, back right on spine and chest has this pain.
From reading it looks like I have disk issue on either C6 or C7 but I don't understand why suddenly at night. I didn't lift anything nor had any accident etc.
some facts - I go to gym and never had any issues. - The night I had that spasm, 3 before I visited gym. So it's not something which I did in gym. - I was sleeping on fairly raised pillow (this could be one reason, since then I have changed to slim pillow) - I work in IT, so constantly on keyboard.
Any help of guidance will be greatly appreciated.
Hello Sam, There are some indications, but nothing absolutely definite from what you tell me. A disc injury is possible, but usually you then also get severe neck pain. More tests are needed, and some of them you can do at home.
The ring finger (usually with the pinkie) belongs to the C8 dermatome, which emerges between C7/T1. The triceps muscle is innervated by all nerve roots, C5-T1, but in the main C7. It's also the most frequently affected muscle in a pinched nerve in the neck.
T1 also wraps around the chest, hence the pain in the chest wall.
But first a couple questions.
1. If you turn your head to the left, and then simultaneously look up, what do you feel?
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