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have you had any injuries to the left shoulder or neck?Is there any neck pain or pain that shoots down the left arm besides the pain in the trapezius?
have you even done any physical therapy or home exercises/stretches for the trapezius?
Ok, it does sound like a trigger point muscle spasm with the referred pain into the occiput.Have you ever seen a doctor for it?
I would expect some limited ROM due to the trapezius spasm.
A trigger point injection into the trapezius could help with the spasm.
I understand and its great that you are doing your research ahead of time.
Its where the doctor injects either saline (salt water) or lidocaine (an anesthetic) into the muscle spasm. The theory is that the injection interrupts the nerve signal to the muscle that is causing it to stay in spasm.
heres some info on trigger points for you:https://www.painscience.com/tutorials/trigger-points.php
and here's a video about trigger point injections.
Does that answer your question?
Theres also a great book on Amazon written by a massage therapist that shows how to do self-trigger point release.https://www.amazon.com/Trigger-Point-Therapy-Workbook-Self-Treatment-ebook/dp/B00ECLGALG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1506284188&sr=8-1&keywords=trigger+point+workbook+3rd+edition
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