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Onlinedoc, General Physician
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Experience:  B.A.M.S with experience in Medicine,Ayurveda, Integrative, CAM
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Can not raise left arm over my head. The pain is in the

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can not raise left arm over my head . The pain is in the should area and the arm muscles
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling? Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have used ice and heat . only seem to hurt worst is at night when I relas
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 2 months ago.

Hello and thanks for your question.
It's my first priority to help you.
Please provide some additional information.

What is your age?

Neck stiffness?

Numbness,tingling sensation in arm?

Tenderness,stiffness in shoulder?

Any history of trauma?

Duration of symptoms?


Prolonged hours of computer,mobile use,desk job?

Any other medical illness?
Are you taking any medicines?

Waiting for your reply.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
age 73 , no neck stiffness, no , yes, thought it was brutis , 6 months, yes, no, no other illness, blood pressure and thyroid ,
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 2 months ago.

Thanks for the follow-up.
I understand your concern.

As per your description,possible differential diagnosis may include rotator cuff tendonopathy,adhesive capsulitis shoulder.

The rotator cuff is made up of the tendons of the four muscles that move your arm.
It can become irritated/inflamed or injured and repetitive movements or arthritis.

Adhesive capsulitis shoulder- inflammation of capsule of the shoulder joint with limitation of stretchability of capsule or covering of the joint.

As you are suffering from last few months with little relief.

So I would advise you to see an Orthopedic doctor for a clinical exam and undergo MRI of shoulder.

Avoid any excessive weight bearing on the shoulder.

Try OTC Advil and get a prescription of combination of tramadol with paracetamol will be effective in relieving the pain.

Further local steroid injection can be given which will relieve the inflammation & pain.

Try warm fomentation with warm packs over the shoulder.

Also you may consult to physiotherapist who may teach you different exercises like PENDULUM EXERCISES to maintain the range of motion & flexibility at & around the shoulder.

I strongly recommend not to wait and get proper treatment promptly to prevent complications like frozen shoulder.

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Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 2 months ago.

May I help you more?
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