Question:

Hello Dr, Thank you for this platform and allowing us to ask for your expert opinion. I do the shopping for work almost daily, and about 2 weeks ago, I picked up a very heavy bag (containing 4x 2l milk as well as other groceries). I suspect it could have weighed roughly 8-10kg. When I put the bag down, I felt a "pull" in my arm, but nothing that stopped me from going about my usual day. Unfortunately, after a few days, I was in a lot of pain. I went to the chiropractor 3x (I cried like a baby the first time, but the 2nd and 3rd visits were better) and I'm still experiencing pain - especially at night. It's as if I have a "numb" pain, if that makes sense (like the Afrikaans say, a "Lammie") which doesn't go away. Now I've started to have pins and needles in my thumb, index finger and middle finger and no matter what I do, the shoulder/arm pain prevails. I've taken anti-inflammatories, but they only take the edge off, the pain doesn't go away. Worst is I've started to tell myself that perhaps I'm imagining it because sometimes my arm will function fine, then suddenly I'll have a searing pain. If I have to hazard a guess, I would say the proximity of the pain in inside my shoulder joint and somewhere behind my shoulder blade. It's incredibly hard to pinpoint. I wondered if you might know what is going on and if it's important for me to rest the arm in a sling for a while, or go see a dr for a sonar/scan. I don't think anything is broken, but I honestly don't know. I look forward to your reply.

Answer:

It sounds like you have a nerve pain -either from a nerve being pinched in your neck or a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. You need to be examined by an orhtopedis surgeon and the appropriate treatment can then be instituted

Regards,

Dr Joe de Beer

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