Doctors advice please!

Hi - I'm hoping someone can set my mind at rest.

On Tuesday I started to experience severe pain in my shoulder blade area. I put it down to a pulled muscle took some paracetemol and carried on. After a sleepless night, I went to work, and the pain was worse, so decided to got o the doctors and get it checked out. The doctor said I'd pulled a muscle, to keep up with the pain killers and it would go away.

 I have full movement in my arm/shoulder, it doesn't hurt to move it - only when it's stationery. There is no stiffness just pain.

This morning, it's still as painful as ever, the muscles down my arm keep twitching (especially at my elbow) I've lost significant strength in my arm, and two of my finger ends are numb.

Is this normal or should I go back to the doctor? I don't want to waste their time.


  • Go back pronto. It's a difficult one to give any diagnosis for without examination, but make clear the weakness and tingling elements of your symptoms.

  • Thanks for that - I actually went back this morning, saw another doctor who said it was normal, but that I did the right thing in going back (so I didn't feel like I completely wasted their time!)

    She told me that any numbness should always be checked for any of you out there experiencing anything similar........

  • LozF

    Is it better?

  • Nope - still numb fingers and very painful. Three days now, I'm hoping it will clear soon.
  • LozF,

    I wish I had seen your post earlier!

    I had a similar problem a few weeks ago.  It was mainly a numb or tingling left arm and a sore shoulder, but because the pain got so bad, it also started to restrict my movement.  It was possible to move my arm anywhere that I wanted to, but it was damn painful and it felt most comfortable to hold my arm as if it was in a sling.

    I went straight to a physio who did her thing and reduced the pain immediatly.  I had three treatments in total over about a week and after the last one I was completely cured.

    My problem was that I had tight shoulder and neck muscles, and this caused a nerve in my neck to get pinched - hence the tingling fingers.  I have no idea what I did to cause this, I just woke up with it one day.

    Physio suggested that it could be exercise induced as I had just started cycling and I tend to grip the handlebars very tightly.  Alternatively she said that it could just be stress from work and life in general.  I tend to store my stress in my shoulders so this would seem possible.

    If the pain doesn't go away soon then I strongly suggest a physio.  GP's are great with infections, but unless your GP has an interest in sports problems, they don't tend to be so hot on helping with muscle issues.

    In the meantime take ibruprofen (unless you know that you ahve a problem with it) to reduce any swelling and relieve the pain.

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