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On the Saturday before Memorial Day my left shoulder blade began to hurt after I mowed the lawn. I'm 43 and have never had any back/neck problems. A few hours later the pain had spread to my left arm and hand, and my pointer finger was numb. The pain was intense, and I sought ER treatment, thinking it was a stroke. An EKG was normal. Still in severe pain, I saw a primary care doctor. An x-ray was normal, and he diagnosed thoracic outlet syndrome, told me to ice my shoulder blade, and prescribed PT. The physical therapist pinpointed the pain in my neck. I've iced my neck, which has helped, and had traction today, and I'm in no pain today, the first time in three weeks. BUT THE TIP OF MY FINGER IS TOTALLY NUMB! I'm going back to my doctor on friday....should I ask for an MRI or referral to a neurologist?
[QUOTE=demichae;3613885]On the Saturday before Memorial Day my left shoulder blade began to hurt after I mowed the lawn. I'm 43 and have never had any back/neck problems. A few hours later the pain had spread to my left arm and hand, and my pointer finger was numb. The pain was intense, and I sought ER treatment, thinking it was a stroke. An EKG was normal. Still in severe pain, I saw a primary care doctor. An x-ray was normal, and he diagnosed thoracic outlet syndrome, told me to ice my shoulder blade, and prescribed PT. The physical therapist pinpointed the pain in my neck. I've iced my neck, which has helped, and had traction today, and I'm in no pain today, the first time in three weeks. BUT THE TIP OF MY FINGER IS TOTALLY NUMB! I'm going back to my doctor on friday....should I ask for an MRI or referral to a neurologist?[/QUOTE]

Hi.. so, what was decided at the new doctor or MRI? MY coworker here is having exact same pain just liek you described..he just went to the doctor yesterday and his MRI is scheduled for tomorrow.. just wondering whether you had any diagnosis.. thanks.





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