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Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Hi there, 11 years ago I was diagnosed with scamous carcinoma

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Hi there, 11 years ago I was diagnosed with scamous carcinoma of the mouth. I had a perp partial palat removal and 2 lymph nodes removed from my neck, no radiotherapy or chemo. The nerves in my shoulder and arm were pretty rubbish, but I am left with restricted mobility in my shoulder, which is fine. However, over time a lump has appeared on my shoulder, or so I thought. I have had X-rays and more recently radiography and have been told that it is bone, but not calcification, just bone - more like my scapula. I have had physio over the years believing it was scar tissue built up, but now the area in my shoulder is very tight and tired. The muscle in my neck is always extremely tight and the whole area, right through to my armpit is tight.
My posture has suffered as a result of the surgery and being top heavy and self conscious has not helped things. Can you tell me if there is a way to loosen these muscles and would a back brace help and /or are there any exercises I should be doing to strengthen and stretch this area .
Hi--it sounds as though you may have nerve damage that's elevating the scapula from tension in the levator scapulae muscles. My suggestion would be to inquire about Botox injections into those muscles in moderation to relax them. The only problem would be that you would need repeated injections about every three months or so
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
With this treatment is there a chance that it would be corrected as it is preventing me from raising my arm when exercising as well?
Yes in time it could well correct itself since it would allow you to have full range of motion while the Botox was in effect and thereby strengthen those shoulder muscles Lolita
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you very much! No one has been able to give me a diagnosis let alone a solution for all of these years! Is it likely that I will be able to get the treatment via my GP or will I have to go private?
Probably you'll need to see a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist for that Lolita. Let me know how it goes and please remember to rate my service to you
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