View Full Version : Unusual Shoulder Pain

February 16th, 2007, 04:12 PM
While I have always had the usual variations on shoulder pain and am able to manage it via the typical rc exercises, cutting back on hand paddles, and the occasional advil, it has now progressed to something different. I have a painful pulling sensation that radiates from the base of my neck out to my shoulder on the left side along my collar bone. None of the exercises have seemed to help nor cutting out hand paddles. It has actually started keeping me awake at night and even though I can curb the pain with a couple of ibuprofens, the second they wear off, I wake up again. This is especially frustrating when I have to get up at 4:30 to swim.

I guess my question then is, has anyone else experienced these symptoms and if so what did they do about it or what do they think this particular probelm could be. It is on my left so it is my (usual) non-breathing side and I am aware that I have a tendency to hyperextend that side and I've tried to be concious of doing that. If anyone has had this, did they find it worth seeing a doctor or should I step up my exercises before I go that route?


February 16th, 2007, 04:29 PM
If the pain is so bad it is keeping you awake at night, you should probably go see a doctor pronto. That is always one of the 'key' diagnosis questions docs (GP's) seem to ask when trying to figure out whether or not to send you on to a specialist.

No, I haven't had that kind of pain before, but I have definitely had pain that I let go too long before seeing a doctor!

Good luck.

February 18th, 2007, 03:09 PM
Definitely see a doctor but I want to add something about why this may be occuring. Because I am a right side breather and always have been, this puts a great amount of load on the left arm (the supportive arm) when you breathe on the right. That arm is supporting your body during the breathing and is a lot of torque over and over again. This is one of the reasons I am trying to breathe on the left to give that arm and shoulder a rest.


February 19th, 2007, 08:11 AM
If you work check your keyboard and mouse placement. A lot of shoulder/neck pain is because of where your keyboard and mouse are located!


February 19th, 2007, 09:16 AM
Maybe it is an aggravated nerve.