How long does trapezius pain last?
I have been having pain in my left Trapezius for over 1 mth now. It waxes and wanes, burning,tight feeling, dull ache, almost constantly. NSAIDS don't really help, but I can't say I've been particularly diligent in taking them. Heat is about the only thing that really helps, I have a hydroculator. I've been under alot of stress due to a sudden job loss, but now will be returning to work. I have had this in the past,but don't remember if it lasted this long. I'm an RN, and have been working in the hospital for the past 30 yrs or so, so there has been alot of tugging and pu lling, and I usually do my pulling transfers from the left side, because I'm short & for some reason can pull better, even though I'm right handed. Any ideas? This problem started when I was in my mid 20's, and flares up @ times.
I hope that this helps.
Many things can cause pain: but before you seek treatment get an analysis first!
that sounds quite befuddling. Since you are a nurse, I assume that you have sought advice from all the proper resources over the years.
The thing that struck me in your narrative is that the pain got worse and persisted during the period that you were out of work. Stress is of course an obvious explanation but you may investigate what you did instead. Even if you have created imbalances in your body through the manner in which you did your job, it was a kind of imbalance that your body was accustomed to. Not doing certain movements may have unhinged an underlying problem that you were able to mask.
You said that you are about to return to work soon, and I assume that you will be resuming the same type of work that has the same physical demand. It may well be that the pain will get better as you 'train' yourself back into the old imbalances. And if it gets worse, you'll know what to do as you are surrounded by medical experts.
My guess is that this adjustment will provide relief , illustrating that your pec minor , and some other shoulder muscles are misaligned in comparison to your rhomboids and levitator scapulae .
If this is the case , try seated , or standing rows . Be sure to pinch your shoulder blades before allowing your biceps to engage . It should almost feel like two separate movements . For every set of rows doe a two minute pec stretch , or have a licensed massage therapist practice myofascial release on the aforementioned pec minor , major , and anterior shoulder complex .