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Pain between right shoulder blade and spine.

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  • Posted By: Drlipnose
  • November 22, 2006
  • 03:29 PM

I have no idea if this is muscles or bones or some really irritating curse, but it's been going on for almost two years now.

It doesn't just ache, or burn, or much of anything in my day to day life, but if I pull my shoulderblades together (as though I were trying to touch them together) I get a "sharp" (probably a 3 from 1-10 pain scale) and persistant pain just between my right shoulder blade and spine until I stop trying to contract them--feels a little like a weak sprain pain or something. Of course, since I know it hurts when I do that I do it all the time and then complain about it.

Also this pain increases in intensity to around a 4 if I tilt my head back as far as it can go while contracting my shoulder blades.

And as I'm sure I'll mention again, no pain if I don't do that exact manuever. Well sometimes, if I hiccup and have air get caught in my esophagus it'll trigger it too, but that's it as far as I know. No loss in range of motion or anything.

I also have extreme heartburn and whatnot, complete with almost noticeable lump from time to time, and panicked myself on the internet with things like gallbladder issues and esophagus cancer (I'm 26, eat fairly healthy, but work in a technical callcenter and don't do anything to strain myself) and realised that I'm being silly since this isn't extreme pain or even a constant one.

Sometimes, out of the blue, I'll have a few days where it'll get really bad (still only noticing it when I do that precise manuever with my shoulder blades/head tilting)--and some days where it's practically non-existant.

The only thing I remember happening before it started was I was at a party and drinking and goofing off or whatever, and suddenly my entire chest (from shoulder to shoulder, top and bottom of sternum, and from spine to sternum) was on fire. Like someone poured acid inside of me. That subsided after laying down for a few minutes (5-10) and never happened again. Since then I have my odd and annoying pain that I wouldn't even notice except that I've noticed it and so constantly do the "bruise test" (you know, a bruise that hurts only when you poke it, so you poke it all the time).

Any ideas? Doctors haven't been helpful at all, and aside from really scary things they roll their eyes at, I have nothing to recommend they check for!

Oh and one more thing, I accidentally found out that if I do my "manuever" and lean against a pole or something that is exactly high enough to poke that portion of my back while I lean back--sometimes I can cause something to pop, and it relieves it a little bit, but not completely.

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  • It sounds as though your back is out, and will stay that way unless you get someone to pull it into place. People have gone years with part of their back out and been debilitated from something that could be fix in minutes.Find a good osteopath who is familiar with sport injuries, though this is not a sport injury, as they also do spine manipulation where necessary and who also does deep tissue massage.Your description of pain also indecates you have muscles around that area that are tense and knotted up and need some despirate attention. As long as the muslces are highly strung they will pull your back out.It is good you get this fixed now, because though it is minor irritation now it will lead to more pain later and eventually affect other areas.Back problems like yours can also cause a lump in the troat feeling, but get you thyroid checked.all the best,Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
    • 00:30 AM
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  • :confused: After many visits to the doctor and years of being in pain. Somethings help better that others. I have pain between shoulder blades above that on both sides on shoulders. They are like big knots. And on bad days I can't crack my neck and back. I had tried a lot of drugs. What works for me if Feldene and it also helps me sleep. Then I started having trouble with my back. So I had a M.R.I. They ordered P.T. and started me on cyclobeneprene, its a muscle relaxant, so if you have alot of stress. See if the doctor will put you on that. O.K.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 5, 2006
    • 00:33 AM
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  • It probably has to do with your job and sitting at a station making calls. You probably need multiple massages to work out the muscles in your back and then you should do daily stretching exercises. This appened to me, and it took nearly a year to stretch out the muscles again.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 07:52 PM
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  • I suffered with that for a long time from a work injury and it was the facet joints in my neck. You may want to have a bone scan done to see if there is inflamation located in that area and pain management can help relieve it. Maybe a nerve block to see it helps and doctor can tell you what you may need it took them 6 years to find my problem. It was so bad on a scale on 1 - 10 and 10 being burned alived it was at least an 8 by the end of the day. Lying down was my only relief. Good Luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 03:46 AM
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  • Spinal locks. Go to a doctor of naprapath or osteopath.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 09:25 PM
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