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When ever I ride (any bike) I get a pain running from my neck to my left shoulder, sometimes it's also at the base of my neck. Dr can't seem to find anything. I've changed seats, handlebars all sorts of stuff around. I always wear a full face (XXL) helmet, I have 3, so it's not that.
Anybody have a clue?
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Might try a physical therapist/chiropractor.

I had/have a pain/numbness in my thigh which an MRI showed was caused by a herniated disc. We take a lot of falls throughout our lives, from learning to skate as a kid, slipping on ice as an adult and all the stuff in between. Eventually the damage may affect us.
 

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You need a proper diagnosis, and that should require a neurologist/neurosurgeon who will eventually resort to an MRI to find the soft tissue (nerve) involvement that's causing your pain. It will probably turn out to be a herniated (or nearly so) disk between your cervical vertebrae (either the c4-c5 pair, or the c6-c7 pair -- I'm not sure. I only know that if it was C5-C6, it would be your right arm that is affected.). Don't wait to find a good specialist -- the damage will only get worse until it becomes permanent. Let me tell you how I know ... not really.
 

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A disc problem would hurt even when you're not riding, might be worse at night, and with turning your head. You can have nerve symptoms without having a disc problem due to irritation and inflammation of spinal joints. It's also possible to have referred pain due to muscle spasm. As stated before, a trained professional (chiropractor or PT) should be able to diagnose the problem. Good Luck.
 

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Follow Dancer's advice and seek professional help, ASAP. I had your very same symptoms, but chose to ignore it. Big Mistake! Doc said years of wearing a helmet wore the disc out from between C4-6, allowing the vertebrea to grind together and formed spurs into the spinal column, thus compromising the spinal cord. I came down hard on my feet one day and that was the straw that broke the camel's back. Temporary partial paralysis, permanent loss of surface sensation on back, feet, and left side extremeties. Took 3mos to get over surgery and gain strength back into left arm and leg, and a year for the damn twitching to quit, lol. Nerves will repair minor damage themselves to some extent, but it takes up to 5 years. Get it fixed now before something permanent happens.
 

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I had the same problem, except that it was down my right arm, instead. I changed my position when i ride like lord smoke mentioned (master yoda) which put my weight on the balls of my feet, and loosened my arms up so they are basically hanging there like a cable would. Between that and simply riding more my problem cleared up.
 

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I used to get the same symtomes (sp?) from my other bikes on long trips, but not with the Wee. :hurray: Not sure why.

When ever I ride (any bike) I get a pain running from my neck to my left shoulder, sometimes it's also at the base of my neck. Dr can't seem to find anything. I've changed seats, handlebars all sorts of stuff around. I always wear a full face (XXL) helmet, I have 3, so it's not that.
Anybody have a clue?
 

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Thanks for the input.
I've been riding close to 50 years. This started 4 or 5 years ago and it doesn't happen everytime, that's what's so crazy. I can ride for several fill-ups W/O a problem and next ride it starts after 45 minutes or so. Had my L. rotator repaired in late March, thought that would fix it, it didn't. Guess I'll keep looking for good DR that will listen.
 

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I have had right side neck pain which radiates from shoulder to temple. The pain is made worse by wearing a helmet and the normal vibes you get while riding. I have had all the tests which show narrow and damaged cervical discs. Cervical blocks were done which only offered temporary relief. The best solution for me has been massage therapy, a lighter helmet and most important exercise.
 

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I'm not a doctor but I did stay in a Holiday Express once.

I was having neck/shoulder problems when I rode and finally realized that I was tensing my shoulders and pulling my neck up. Once I realized it, I relaxed and it worked.
 

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I have a herniated C5-C6 and don't have any issues, you could try a lighter helmet, but I would strongly suggest an MRI. You nay have spinal stenosus or a narrowing of the spinal column, this would give you the issues you describe, particularly with a heavy helmet.
 

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I have similar problems. The base of my neck burns and so it radiates to my upper shoulders. This happens when I ride any bike or carry a backpack for too long. It's been that way for years. My wife tried a different massage technique in which she used her elboes instead of her fingers to massage the area. The concept is to apply more downward pressure rather than depressing with fingers. I believe I had a pinched nerve or something that resulted in very painfull burn at the base of my neck. The problem isn't completely gone but it's definately managable now. In both of our cases I think it's more than just muscle fatigue or changing the riding position. It is most likely due to nerves or the spine.
 

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Thanks

Thanks again guys.
I'm using a DOT/snell2010 carbon fiber full face helmet. The lightest I could find. Weight was a major issue when buying, DOT & snell being first.
I'm seeing a Dr on Monday 09/19/11.
Ray
 

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Thanks again guys.
I'm using a DOT/snell2010 carbon fiber full face helmet. The lightest I could find. Weight was a major issue when buying, DOT & snell being first.
I'm seeing a Dr on Monday 09/19/11.
Ray
Good choice to see the MD. That way you will know if it is a spine problem or not. If it turns out to be muscular, you can attack that by PT or massage or even a riding position change. If it is structural, you can find out what your options are. Maybe surgery to correct it, maybe something else.
 
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