I have had this problem now going on a year and my doctor keeps running test after test with no results.
I have arthritis in my neck for about 3 years now but this last year my right shoulderblade burns something awful and is inflamed a lot. Then it started going down my arm and my elbow is super sensitive and then there is the burning-freezing-tingling-swelling of my right hand.
If I grab my wrist and I guess cut off the blood supply it helps but I cant hold it 24 hours a day. The doctor has ran a MRI, X-rays, Nerve Conduction test and nothing. He sent me to an orthopedic who tried cortisone shot and it did not help then he suggested PT, still nothing.
After I went to acupuncturist which helped a little. I have went for several deep tissue massages and they say my shoulder is in knots and cannot work it out. Then I went to a chiropractor and he said I had an uneven pelvic bone and his adjustments helped for about a day and half then came right back. Now I am scheduled to see a neurosurgeon and he wants to start running all these test again....HELP.
I am at my wits end. I use cold compresses daily and starting to believe that I will never find out what is wrong.
I can understand your frustration. The key factor is the swelling in your right hand; that suggests that this is almost certainly not a pinched nerve type condition. This is far more likely to be vascular in nature. Is there any change in the colour of your fingers when you have an attack? Do they particularly go white, and then red? Which fingers are affected? If so, ask your doctor if Reynaud's syndrome has been considered.
That doesn't mean to say you can't also have a problem neck, AND a nerve condition. In fact the pain in the shoulderblade is very typical of a lower neck dorsal scapula nerve condition, but it could also be in your shoulder or midback-rib subluxation.
Ask too if Adson's test has been done.
Did you chiropractor only deal with the pelvis, or did he also adjust your neck, midback and hand? Did you have a course of treatment, or just a couple?
Let me know and we can take this further.