Hi everyone, for the past month, I've had shoulder/upper arm pain that feels fine somedays and then ouch. It seems like most of the pain is on the top of the shoulder and hurts when I lift arms up overhead. But there can also be pain when I reach back (as in reaching back from drivers seat into backseat) so it feels like the pain is also on the outer upper arm. Sometimes it feels like my joints are locking (note: I've also had stiffness in my neck and what feels like locking of joints there at times.) I don't feel this pain every day -- sometimes it's like a dull ache, sometimes it feels pretty good. I haven't seen the Dr. yet but intend to. Anyone have similar pain?
I should also note that I spend a lot of time on the computer and I think my shoulder also tenses up then.
It seems like ibuproferin, and actemetophin don't do a whole lot to relieve the pain. Oddly enough, ativan seems to help and Tylenol PM. Any clues?
Hi and I feel your pain. Your description indicates Adhesive Capsulitis, or affectionately known as “FROZEN SHOULDER”. Yuk. I developed this condition last year after straining my shoulder after catching myself as a fell from a shed I was framing. Didn’t even hurt but it apparently pulled some muscles when I swung down on my left arm. Several weeks later it was a little sore. Then I couldn’t raise my arm above my head. It eventually (months) got to the point where I could not move it above my shoulder level and when I did the simplest rotating motion with that arm I had the most intense pain I’ve experienced since taking a header over the handlebars or my bike as a kid. I could lift, shove, and otherwise do things below my shoulder level with some difficulty, but otherwise I could still work at gardening, carpentry, ect. Just don’t ask me to get something out of the back seat of my car! Or jumping jacks! Or put on a shirt! Went to a chiro and she offered the diagnosis and some care such as taping the arm and shoulder to support it (the itching under that tape was worse than the frickin’ bum shoulder!) but after researchiing it online, I discovered that medicine doesn’t know what causes it, and, while there are courses of treatment, nothing stands out as a quick, reliable remedy. My quest has now brought me think that because the shoulder area has lots of tendons, sinews, and cartialge, and, the fact that these have little blood circulation, these things contributes to the slow onset, duration, and healing of Frozen Shoulder. I’m doing everything I can to increase circulation (I inherited my Mom’s bad circulation) and am sneaking up on doing a Liver Flush that is described elswhere in CureZone. Look up online: Frozen Shoulder, Adhesive Capsulitis, cayenne pepper, boiflaviniods, yoga, stretching, and anything with a natural health viewpoint. Don’t let the Allopathic doc’s tell you you need steriods, drugs, or surgery! It will heal on it’s own if you supply the body with nutients and efficient elimination of wastes. Check out www.thedoctorwithin for general health strategies and history. Brilliant man. Also Dr. Shultze, another alternative health guy. Both are linked thru the CueZone site.
I’ve had this going on for a year and a half and my left shoulder began to loosen up about 3 months ago but as I read research, I found out that the other shoulder commonly gets stiff and sure as feces, MY RIGHT shoulder is hurting as well, altho not as bad. I will see if continuing to do what I started, and a Liver Flush regimine will get me back to a “normal” 52 year-old guy! Please feel free to ask me questions as misery loves company.
Hi deannr1, (Apologies, Not sure about the actual name)
My name is Amit. I have recently (in last 2 months) developed the same symptoms as you have mentioned in the forum. For first few weeks I thought that it will go on it's own, or I would have done something which I can't remember anymore.
Being in IT, I also sit on computer for 8 hrs everday, and pain seems to disappear and appear from nowhere. I have also tried ibuprofine etc. nothing seems to cure it. Also, feel pain in the night whilst sleeping sometime.
I went to my GP and he told me to see a physio, not sure that will help but I've booked the appt anyway.
I have used Turmeric since it an anti-inflammatory. I use a heating pad to loosen the muscles before I exercise my shoulder and ice it afterwards. Seems to have helped but then I must have overexerted and I'm back to square 2 (at least it's not square one). I'm also taking Ginger capsules and using Capsacin ointment. Good luck with your shoulder(s)...it sure is a miserable thing.
It sounds like the beginning of frozen shoulder to me, that's how mine began, first in the left side and now am feeling it in the right. See a doctor asap and a physical therapist. I gained back a lot of my range of motion, but still in pain from moderate to severe at times. You may want to try liquid joint supplements, they work better than pill form. This is starting to happen to my hair stylist too from the continual hairdressing. The sooner you treat it the better. Otherwise it can take up to 3 years by doing nothing I've heard. I hope this helps.