• Jeffre

    Instead of painful injections, meds or unnecessary imaging, you could just go to a Physical Therapist and get better.

    • Lynn Ludam

      I like your response, and that ‘s what I will be doing again. I have a neck brace with magnets in it for magnet therapy seems to give some relief.

  • SWE

    In my 33 years of clinical experience, the majority of these shneck syndromes are multi-faceted and can best be handled by conservative care that includes grade 5 spinal closed joint reduction therapy which can only be done best by today’s Doctors of Chiropractic. S.W. Engen, DC, PAK, PES.

  • myomary

    Often, it is a soft tissue dysfunction due to myofascial trigger points: ;a common but often unrecognized source of pain that mimics other diagnoses and may be easily treated by a Board Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist.

  • Marty

    Has anyone thought about the shoulder/neck pain may be “nerves”? Tension?

    • lola88

      Of course, many people carry stress in their shoulders. But that stress can cause a physiological problem. Do you find your shoulders are shrugged a lot? Is it cold where you live? People always scrunch up their shoulders when it’s cold out. Do you sleep with your arm under your head? There are many reasons to get shneck pain. You have to figure out which one your facilitating. “Nerves” is one of those reasons.

  • Alex Gometz, DPT

    Prehab is a great way to start, however, I agree with all the options above when they are customized by a good clinician with experience in rehabilitation.

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  • sherita coleman

    Will amphetamines cause a constant pain in upper arms and shoulders? Heart rate goes up pain intensifies. No relief no matter what I do.

    • Health Hub Team


      We strongly urge you to seek care from a physician. It is very difficult for us to know without a physical examination and medical history, but in some cases amphetamines can cause unsafe changes to heart rate and rhythm, which in turn can cause referred pain to left arm and shoulders. If you do not currently have a primary care physician and would like to come to Cleveland Clinic, please call 800.444.CARE. If this is a medical emergency, please immediately call emergency personnel (911) to get prompt medical attention.
      Dr. Kano Mayer

  • Lynn Ludam

    Been having numbness/tingling in left arm cause is from neck. Seen doctor today @ another very good facility and were going to try physical therapy, besides a lot of the pain has subsided since I made the appointment to see doctor. Plus it is on going since childhood not from accident. This is new on the left side and finding out it is from my neck.

    • ian

      i got the same problems but its all on the left side of my body I get pain in my left arm and left leg

      • http://bloomberg.com/ Ginsengbull

        Me too. Knee, elbow, shoulder… I carry my cell phone on my left side.

        I wonder if that contributes.

        • kate

          yes wallets can be a big problem. i have heard of truck drivers with back issues . they dont realize how long they sit on wallet. it messes up your balance.

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  • Scott Poynor

    Severe and persistent left shoulder pain was due to a splenic infarct, a potentially serious condition!

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  • ian

    hi I have a really bad neck pain for about four years now constant, I have also been having pain down the left side of my body and in my face aswell. I have been to the doctors and he sent me for an xray and the result come back and said that they was nothing wrong but I am still getting the pain

    • Rebecca

      Ask for a MRI I had severe pain in my shoulder and had several X-rays taken but they never showed a problem . I was sent to 5 specialists and finly got a MRI and on it showed my c7 vertebrae to be collapsing causing excruciating pain down to my fingers . Surgery was preformed and I’m 4 months post op now I have tremendous pain in my neck but shoulder ,arm and fingers are pain free . I would never have thought shoulder pain would result in neck surgery

    • marium

      MRI is very important for you

    • Debra MacCarthy

      me too Ian I had a mid back xray as the pain is so bad at times I can’t stand it! and the results came back with noting. I have not had a spine scan have you ?

  • imran

    Have severe right shoulder pain, seen doc 2 years ago and said I had a growth on my bone, needed operation. But couldnt do it at that time, went to a shoulder specialist today and there saying its my neck, so stressed out HELP

  • Angela

    Neck pain for months. Doctor says its from shoulder. Does a tear in shoulder tendon actually cause neck pain?

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  • zenabsabu

    Hi . I am 41 years old. Last one week my neck pain start.and than slowly slowly this pain move to my shoulder.i feel somebody inject inside.i think my nervs is block.my pain is continue same .no improvment .pls help me

  • dave

    I am 28 and have for the past 12 years had a dull non bothering shoulder pain that didn’t hurt much till about 5 months ago. I really started to notice pain back in May and it would go crazy if I had half of a 12 ounce bottle of beer. Not sure if that is related or how but very long story made short on September 16th I started to have back spasms and a week later the emergancy room told me I had shoulder birsitis. Two weeks go by and I notice I couldn’t lift the shoulder at all unless I manually picked ny arm up with my right hand. I was told it is rotator cuff tendonitis and told to see a orthopedic surgeon. About three days ago I notice an increase in pain and now neck and some back pain and when I move my head a certain way I get a tingly feeling that last for about 5 to 10 minutes. Can someone tell me what’s going on? All left side btw

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  • judy

    Once, after an accident, I had neck stiffness with some pain down to half way on shoulder and my arm, deltoid area, felt like it had a rubberband pulling it in. A hospital P.A. asked if my rib was broken on that side. Sure enough x-ray revealed fx rib.

  • Aurea

    My shoulder pain is slowly getting better.
    The pain is a achy and dull.. just like what you described. Have dr.app. today.

  • Carebearz

    I get pain randomly on my left side but it’s lower shoulder pain (sharp like I dislocated it then after awhile it will just go away, if i feel it coming on I try to stretch my arm up and over the back of my shoulder)… Hard to pinpoint the exact spot because it’s almost level collar bone but radiates all over…

  • Hilary@shoulder pain treatment

    I am 35 years old and I am a housewife. From last two year I have facing serious shoulder pain. It was begins after giving birth of my 2nd kids. Is that shoulder pain have any relation with pregnancy ? Please explain me and also suggest me how can I get relief from this misery.


    • Melissa

      I’ve been facing chronic right sided shoulder and neck pain. I had a baby in 2012, so it started when she was 9 months old. Doctor said it was because of carrying a little one around and sent me for physical therapy which doesn’t help. A nurse friend says to demand a MRI.

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    I have been diagnosed with Arachnoiditis in both hips. It was recommended by my neurosurgeon to seek relief at one of four clinics including The Cleveland Clinic. Any info would be appreciated

  • SMB

    Since the ’70′s, I have had severe pain in my shoulder and neck, which would ‘come and go’. So severe I could not function on my job, and put me into depression. Then in 2003, my husband and I were in Cleveland, Ohio. He suggested we go to the Cleveland Clinic to see if they could help with the pain. There, i met Dr. Steven Samples, who gave me 21 shots of Botox. The pain started subsiding in 30 minutes. Since that day, I have had shots of Botox every 3 months, and this is the ONLY thing I have found that completely stopped the pain. They found I have a malady called Spasmotic Torticollis, and only—–3 people in 10,000 are struck by this severely painful illness.
    Botox is extremely expensive, like $6,000, so you would need good insurance.

  • Starfish Karen

    I have severe neck, shoulder and arm pain down to my fingers. It’s been going on for over three months. i was in the hospital for a upper GI bleed and they did an xray on my shoulder and found nothing. I do have a herniated disc in my neck I found out 10-12 years ago about it when I had a MRI. Do you thiink the neck is causing all this problem and pain? I can’t lift my arm hardly at all. been using moist heat and trying to do range of motion but just makes it worse. What should I do. i am 68.

    • Kim Ronkainen

      I had bad shoulder pain in 2006 and could hardly lift my arm as well. I had an MRI and it turned out I had a torn rotator cuff. You might want to ask for a MRI of the shoulder if you haven’t had one done yet. X-rays won’t show a tear. My surgeon told me range of motion exercises won’t help if it’s a tear.

      • Starfish Karen

        Kim, did you have surgery on your shoulder? And if so, how bad was it after surgery on the healing process?

        • Kim Ronkainen

          I ended up having rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders. With my experience, my arm was in a special sling that had a cushion piece placed between the arm and the body. The sling had to be worn for a month and I wasn’t allowed to use the arm for that first month. Physical therapy is a bit painful to get the range of motion back, but is worth it. Both shoulders are good now. Hope you find out what’s wrong and wishing you a speedy recovery.

          • Starfish Karen

            Thank you kim.:)

          • Kim Ronkainen

            You’re welcome. :)

  • Cindy

    was a firefighter (paid on call) in 2004, I fell off a parked fire truck and broke my left wrist. After 3 years of going doc to doc per workmen’s comp., found out I had 3 torn ligaments in my left hand and 1 in the right (corrected by surgery on ’07), CT scan of my neck showed C4, C5 & T1 have budging disc (still do – hard to move my head to look up – stiff). An Othro MRI showed that the Infra tendon cuff has a partial tear. Had a couple of rounds of PT for the shoulder that worked, Chiropractic care for the neck. Ice/heat as needed,Tylenol (pain) Advil (swelling) when necessary steroid shots. 2013, (now 57) I tore my left shoulder Supra tendon cuff 100%. Ortho Surgeon states that I will be off work for a year due to the type of work I do (as an independent contractor – if I don’t do my job today I do not have it tomorrow. I drive 100 + miles 5 days a week delivering a local paper). I pay for my own health insurance and can not afford the deductible, plus there will be NO income after surgery. If I can wait 5 more years, I will recieve my husbands disability and will be able to have the surgery. My question is, how long is it safe to do the steroid shots or take the medicine before it harms/side affects my system? Thank You..

  • Teresa Skelton

    I have left shoulder and left side of my neck that hurts.If I hold something in my left hand for a few minute it gos numb and the it start tingling.I’ve notice my sciatica starts in on my right side and gos down my leg and sometimes it feels like I have fire in my right foot on the bottom coming out.My right shoulder is also hurting and burning now.About 7yrs.ago I had a big TV fall on my right shoulder at work.I had 3 different times of therapy.It got to where it was making it worse.Even hurt in my chest.They disabled me 3%.I’m almost 56yrs.old and it’s getting to where I can’t work anymore. Any suggestions?

  • jodiblond13

    Lot’s of pain starting at the base of my neck, middle of my back just above my bra. Follows my scapula, down the back of my arm and numbness with tingling in my hand and fibgers. Work como Dr said it was muscle stain and didn’t even do xrays.

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