I have very severe neck and shoulder pain that radiates into the right side of my jaw down my arms to my hands. Is there a specific type of doctor I should see for this type of pain? My primary care doctor said it could be a pinched nerve and recommended massage, but I’d like to see a doctor who can treat this specific type of pain.
Pain that is not getting better should always be assessed by a physician, and if you haven't gotten to the bottom of this with your doctor, perhaps it is, in fact, time to find another doctor. If your doctor thinks massage is the answer, then a referral to a physical therapist would be in order. Other types of doctors that work with radiating pain include orthopedists and neurologists. Orthopedists deal with skeletal and muscular issues, and neurologists can diagnose and treat pain and mobility issues that are caused by problems with nerves in the body. These would be good places to start in getting to the bottom of your pain.
Here is some other information that might be useful for you:
Nerve Pain at a Glance
Neuralgia – An Overview
What Can Be Done for Nerve Pain?
Thanks for responding. My mom went to a neurologist for nerve conduction test, so I thought since my regular dr said it might have a pinched nerve, maybe that's who I should see. So, I made an appt--hope I'm not wasting my money on seeing a neurologist instead of an orthopedist. In any case, hope someone can help me. Thanks again.
I have had that kind of pain before. It may be that you pulled your shoulder or wrist/arm. It is lots of pain when the muscle is pulled. I am not sure about the jaw, probably the pain level is so high that you get stressed.
Physical therapy helps and if you believe in acupuncture, it is helpful too.
I assume the doctor knows there is nothing wrong like a heart problem and etc.
Hope this helps,NC