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I have ongoing pain in my left shoulder where I cant put any

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I have ongoing pain in my left shoulder where I can't put any weight on. I have had several massage therapy sessions which did not help. My PFC told me it was my ca joint and had a cortisone injection 2 weeks ago. Since then my left hand goes numb when I try and sit with my arm crossed or resting on a table or raising my arm. I also cannot bend my neck backwards without extreme pain by my armpit. I have had herniated discs in my neck however had an MRI in feb and this time it showed no disc herniation (previous mri's which are several showed both herniated and no herniation. My neck is also quite sore and decreased rom. Could the cortisone injection cause the numbness and pain.
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When did the pain start?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
About 2 months ago and progressively getting worse. Sorry I took so long in replying to you

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Where did he inject the cortisone? I'm not exactly clear on that.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The top of my shoulder just behind theclar bone
this should not cause the numbness and pain you are experiencing, unless it was placed in the wrong area.

The fact that your left hand goes numb with certain, and multiple, positions of your arm and you are experiencing such intense pain when you bend your neck is very concerning to me.

I am worried that you could end up with permanent nerve damage if you don't have this checked out and, if necessary, the pressure taken of the affected nerves.

I would suggest you contact a neurologist in the very near future and have your arm checked out.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I was At a neurologist who did a nerve conduction study and all was ok. However the numbness only started a few weeks ago. Is there a particular c spine level that would cause the pain under my arm and the numbness

Yes. C5 to C8 and T1, possibly involving a group of nerves called the brachial plexus.

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