Do you have numbness,tingling sensation radiating to arm?
Swelling in forearm?
Have you seen your doctor recently?
History of arthritis?
No, no numbness or tingling-more like a sharp pain-starts out about a level 8-9, then decreases to 6-8 on the pain scale. No forearm swelling (I measured both arms.) No arthritis history. My neck is stiff and hurts a bit. I last saw the doctor about 2 1/2 weeks ago. He checked the Xrays and was happy with what he saw. I have an appointment with him in about 2 weeks (also will have followup xrays.)
Does sleeping position have anything to do with this? I sleep at least part of the night propped up somewhat on 2 pillows. But I am not used to sleeping propped, and usually spend the last few hours lying flat on one pillow.
Hi,Thanks for providing more information.
Possible differential diagnosis causing neck stiffness,radiating pain in arm,thumb include Nerve compression most likely in the neck but could also be at the shoulder level,Cervical spondylosis.An MRI of the neck should be done.
You should continue physical therapy and discuss your current symptoms with your physiotherapist and if required he'll add some more exercises for pain management.
You can do massage with muscle relaxant on back of neck.
It may be possible that poor sleeping posture can be a aggravating factor.
So avoid extra pillows.
If you have associated chest pain,heaviness in chest,shortness of breath alongwith severe pain then you should visit ER.
Cardiac pathology/Ischemic heart disease should be ruled out.
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Thanks! I will talk to the PT Weds
You are most welcome.