Severe nerve pain & spasticity in pectoral/breast tissue

Following a session of horseback riding that included bending and stretching, as well as airplane arm excercise, I am suffering sharp, extreme pain in the left breast area - more in the soft tissue than the muscle. Burning nerve sensation after initial spasm subsides. The onset is related to position of the left arm (reaching down or across my chest), as well as the position of the left should blade. Bending head forward to flex the thoracic spine seems to also trigger the pain. The pain is not in the spine at all, just in the breast/chest tissue. After an episode, the area is very sore and tender.

Ice helps, as do anti-inflamatory meds. I take spasticity, muscle relaxant and neurogenic pain meds due to a neurological condition. Increasing those slightly masks the pain temporarily.

Is the problem more likely to be related to a spinal injury (joint), affecting the peripheral nerve; or a muscle strain that may be spastic and impinging a nerve? Please help me determine if I should start with an orthopedic approach, a neurologist, or see an acupuncturist for the pain.

Posted By mel on September 21, 2007 at 04:28:19:

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