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Winged scapula, returning pain, please help.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 16, 2010
  • 08:09 PM

Hello, I'm looking for some help.

For a year now I've had a winged scapula. Prior to the scapula winging I had two months of the strongest pain I had ever felt. The pain was hard to describe, located in my shoulder and radiating down my arm and up my neck. My muscles were in spasm so bad from the pain that they could barely get x-rays. Anyway, doctor diagnosed me at the time with a trapped or pinched long thoracic nerve. I was given percocet for the pain and they told me that the nerve might spontaneously fix itself. I was in agony for another month and a half maybe. Then, while the pain was still at it's worst it dropped to a zero instantly. I was sitting in my chair and reached my arm (the one on the painful side) out to grab a mug of coffee. Mid reach my pain disappeared. I thought it was a miracle... then I felt my shoulder blade against my shirt and new something was up. Back to the orthopedic surgeon. He said the nerve could have been severed or developed a lesion or something and that I could regain control of the shoulder blade within the next 18 months if I was fortunate. So I've been pain free for about a year and I decided to live with the winged scapula. A few nights ago, the pain began again. It's tolerable, but building, just like it did last time. To put it in perspective, I've always handled pain well. I've had a broken back and neck (same accident) and I broke my left knee (tibial plateau fracture) last year. I've had broken ribs a few times (including two weeks prior to developing the thoracic nerve issue, which the doctor said could have contributed to it.) Of all the pain I've felt I've never felt anything before or since that was as agonizing as the nerve issue. I'm scared it's coming back and I want to know if it's possible. It certainly feels like it.


I guess what I'd like to know is if the nerve could still be trapped or pinched after a year. And if it could be, if the nerve wakes up will I be back in the original (horrible) situation with the same pain? Is that a possibility? Sorry for the long post...just wanted to cover everything I could think of. And, not that it makes a difference really, but I'm an artist and I'm right handed and that's the side that's causing pain again. I can't afford to stop working.

Thanks in advance for any and all help.

Regards,
Jason

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  • Hello, I'm looking for some help.For a year now I've had a winged scapula. Prior to the scapula winging I had two months of the strongest pain I had ever felt. The pain was hard to describe, located in my shoulder and radiating down my arm and up my neck. My muscles were in spasm so bad from the pain that they could barely get x-rays. Anyway, doctor diagnosed me at the time with a trapped or pinched long thoracic nerve. I was given percocet for the pain and they told me that the nerve might spontaneously fix itself. I was in agony for another month and a half maybe. Then, while the pain was still at it's worst it dropped to a zero instantly. I was sitting in my chair and reached my arm (the one on the painful side) out to grab a mug of coffee. Mid reach my pain disappeared. I thought it was a miracle... then I felt my shoulder blade against my shirt and new something was up. Back to the orthopedic surgeon. He said the nerve could have been severed or developed a lesion or something and that I could regain control of the shoulder blade within the next 18 months if I was fortunate. So I've been pain free for about a year and I decided to live with the winged scapula. A few nights ago, the pain began again. It's tolerable, but building, just like it did last time. To put it in perspective, I've always handled pain well. I've had a broken back and neck (same accident) and I broke my left knee (tibial plateau fracture) last year. I've had broken ribs a few times (including two weeks prior to developing the thoracic nerve issue, which the doctor said could have contributed to it.) Of all the pain I've felt I've never felt anything before or since that was as agonizing as the nerve issue. I'm scared it's coming back and I want to know if it's possible. It certainly feels like it.I guess what I'd like to know is if the nerve could still be trapped or pinched after a year. And if it could be, if the nerve wakes up will I be back in the original (horrible) situation with the same pain? Is that a possibility? Sorry for the long post...just wanted to cover everything I could think of. And, not that it makes a difference really, but I'm an artist and I'm right handed and that's the side that's causing pain again. I can't afford to stop working.Thanks in advance for any and all help.Regards,JasonReview literature on Parsonage-Turner Syndrome
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