Shoulders - impingement, arthritis, trapped nerve? How to discuss with doc?
I've got osteoarthritis in various places - feet, knees, hands, spine. Now, since last year, I've been having problems with my shoulders. The left one is painful if I put my arm into certain positions. Yes, I know, don't do it then! May be impingement, arthritis - who knows? I've also wondered about the possibility of bursitis, as I've had bursitis in both hips for about 5 years now. My right shoulder isn't so painful, but I'm getting pins and needles down my arm, fairly frequently, which has got worse over the past few months.
I saw the GP last week and he took lots of blood tests, principally because I asked him about the 'nerve' pains I'm getting in my hands and feet, especially at night. I honestly don't think anything is going to show up, so, when I go back, I'm going to be left discussing my shoulders again. I may be wrong, of course!
Should I be asking for an x-ray of my shoulders if he doesn't suggest it, particularly of the right one with the pins and needles? Worried about the possibility of this being a problem with my neck - which is very crunchy - although I haven't got any pain there.
Any other ideas/advice would be gratefully received.
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