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Dr. Phil, MD, Board Certified Physician
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Hi for a few months now I have been having pain in my right

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Hi for a few months now I have been having pain in my right knee, and just thought it was due to being over weight and been trying watch what I eat etc, however over past few days I been getting a lot of neck pain and then this morning i woke up with it in my shoulder and arm. The arm pain is more sharp and sore pain whether other is more aching pain.

Im 30 , on serterlene for depression and iron tablets and also Pill to control hormones and periods as they were very heavy n irregular.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Thanks for this question

The neck, arm and shoulder pain is concerning for a disc bulge in the neck.

Neck spine discs can bulge out and press on nerves. this often causes shoulder and arm pain

this can be diagnosed with an MRI of the neck and often treated with physio and muscle relaxers and anti inflammatories

Your GP is a good stop for this.

I recommend that to start
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

is the knee pain not related then?


 

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
No I don't think it is.

That is likely just as you thought
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i have appointment 6th april with gp do you think i should wait till then if possible?


 


could it just be a posture issue?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Yes it could be. If posture is bad then muscles can be tight in the neck and pinch nerves

Yes you can wait til then
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

if it is posture what can i do to relieve the pain as it is constant? besides tryin sit upright etc how long if posture would u expect it to correct itself

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
I think you might need muscle relaxers

I would also try ibuprofen for inflammation

Stretching will help.

Here is a link to some exercises

http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/flexibilityexercises/ss/NeckStretches_2.htm
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

stretching i been trying to do it sends shooting pain down back and i feel sick , arms locked a few times too with the pain and earlier caused me go dizzy and feel as though i was going be sick.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Okay I didn't know that Imi

In that case, just rest and try to get in with the GP as soon as possible

You need muscle relaxants and an MRI