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left side muscle pain and shoulder pain with anxiety

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 6, 2006
  • 10:06 PM

For about three yrs. now I have been suffering from what doctors have told me to be a pinched nerve behind my left shoulder blade. I have anxiety and so when I would get a pain in my left side rib area my mind automatically said, Its a heart attack or something related to that. The doctor did blood work EKG and x-rays, nothing was found, all came back normal. I get bloated and have gas from certain meals, also I was drinking heavily so it made me start to have heartburn which I previously didnt have. I have tried physical therapy, accupuncture, massage therapy and chiropracotors. All have relieved the pain but it keeps coming back and nothing seems to fix it. Medication takes my mind of it so its not worse but thats about it.
Im tired of living my life like this, always thinking the worst when something is not feeling right with my body. A pain in my head is a tumor, a pain in my upper back is my aorta seperating, my chest is a heart attack. Please help me if someone can and give me some advice on how to deal with this or better yet get over it and start living normal! I have stopped working out for fear of getting my heart racing and then thinking something is wrong with it. I dont know what to do....:(

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  • I have also been suffering from what I'm being told is a pinched nerve in the left shoulder blade area and I too am experiencing the same anxiety that you are. Mine has been bothering me for about the past 2 years but within the past month has really gotton worse. Like you I also suffer from a strange feeling under the left rib cage ( feels gassy but sometimes very tight and makes it hard to breathe.) I have become quite nervous about my heart rate as well and generally been experiencing panic attacks and thinking im having a heart attack. The pain in the shoulder feels the worst when I take a deep breath in and sort of feels like it is cutting the full breath short... do you ever experience that? A massouse told me he feels a knot in my back around that area but I have not run this by my dr. yet. Write back when you have time.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
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  • I've sufferred with this for 30 years. Most times, it happens because of stress. I went to a heart doctor because the pain seems to go from under my shoulder blade all the way to the front of my chest. My cardiologist ran all kinds of tests on me and my heart is fine, but still, you never really know if it is a heart attack or just pain under your shoulder area. The doctor prescribed Xanax for me and this helped a lot. I keep a heavy massager by my bed side and use it everytime the pain hits. It also helps the pain go away. When I first started having this pain, I was 28 years old and in excellent health. My physician told me my muscle was having spasms and I needed to exercise. He said if I did not exercise, the spasms would cut off the blood supply to the muscle and it would die. I haven't had pain in my shoulder blade area in almost a year, but it came back about a week ago and I had to start the Xanax and massage again. Neither seems to be working too well right now, but hopefully it will go away again. I had no idea others were suffering this also. I thought it was just me. The pain goes away for awhile after the massage, but comes back after a little while. Hope you all get better.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2008
    • 06:06 AM
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  • I get this all the time. Been diagnosed with post-partum panic attacks. Mine usually starts with a tingle/parasthesia feeling just to the left of my spine in my upper back. Then my arm and shoulder begin to hurt. My best advice, keep going to your chiropractor. Your not having a heart attack, it is just anxiety. If you feel better after an adjustment, keep up with it!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
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  • I feel the same exact way you do about this quote you made "A pain in my head is a tumor, a pain in my upper back is my aorta seperating, my chest is a heart attack." And I have bad anxiety attacks and I can not stand it. I have the heavyness in my shoulder and my left arm feels week. Doctors did blook work and EKG'S and said everything looked ok. But I do have to wear a heart monitor starting next week for 48 hours just to make sure there is no irregular heart beat. But I am wondering if anyone knows why my arm feels like this and what it could be. try not to give me the worst answer lol cause anxiety will kick in. And I DONT want that to happen. Just got over one still a litle shook up about it and still worrying about why my arm feels this way but going to rest and try to take my mind off it. Also I am 21 years old and this is already hitting me. Please Help!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 27, 2008
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    michelle231976 5 Replies
    • December 29, 2008
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  • For about three yrs. now I have been suffering from what doctors have told me to be a pinched nerve behind my left shoulder blade. I have anxiety and so when I would get a pain in my left side rib area my mind automatically said, Its a heart attack or something related to that. The doctor did blood work EKG and x-rays, nothing was found, all came back normal. I get bloated and have gas from certain meals, also I was drinking heavily so it made me start to have heartburn which I previously didnt have. I have tried physical therapy, accupuncture, massage therapy and chiropracotors. All have relieved the pain but it keeps coming back and nothing seems to fix it. Medication takes my mind of it so its not worse but thats about it. Im tired of living my life like this, always thinking the worst when something is not feeling right with my body. A pain in my head is a tumor, a pain in my upper back is my aorta seperating, my chest is a heart attack. Please help me if someone can and give me some advice on how to deal with this or better yet get over it and start living normal! I have stopped working out for fear of getting my heart racing and then thinking something is wrong with it. I dont know what to do....:( there is a thiing called karma,u reap what u sow, and this follows throughout ur natural life. Also, as a man thinkth so is he. With that said, many times one cures the body and not the soul. the body ailments are only a physical representation of whats in the soul or the inside. Change the mind and u will change the body. What u need to do is analyze how u live ur life. do u love others, do u do on to others as they done to u. Do u have love in ur heart? What have u done for others. A suggestion, do something nice for a stranger, and do it with love, and start a meditation program. Meditation introduces u to urself.
    justsoul 2 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
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  • I can relate to all of you that have anxiety and pinched nerve. The doctors told me that all my test results were negative. Some days when the pain comes, it get so bad, I don't know what to do. All my test results would come out negative but they don't know what to tell me. If there is anyone out there that knows these symtoms and have answer or recommendation, please give me the answer because I have no clue what to do at this point.
    justsoul 2 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
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  • Describe your pain in your left scapular region,if that's where it is.There aren't really that many cases of ''pinched''nerves in the shoulder blade area,but the head of a rib can get frozen in place and cause all sorts of back and possibly chest pain.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
    • 01:59 PM
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  • About six years ago I started out with a small "light" stabbing pain in the front lower part of my left side. I tried to ignore it. Maybe a year or so after that it got a little worse and I had an upset stomache. I told my doctor of this and they did some stool tests "yuck!" and found nothing wrong with my digestive sytem. The upset stomache went away, but not the pain. Shortly after this I decided to go to the chiropractor. After six visits he told me I should be better by now, and I wasn't, so I quit going. I now always have a nagging pain in my left side, about where I'd say is the middle of my set of ribs. The other night (when the barometric pressure was high :)) I started to feel as though I was having a heart attack. It decided to hurt into my shoulders (worse than most times) and up under my arms towards the front of me (thus believing I may be having a heart attack!). I also have a problem with anxiety...what's going to happen to me today?...What is that I feel now?... But, I found, with excersizing my upper extremities the pain is not so bad. If I do excersizes that keep my arms out straight from my sides or higher for a few minutes before I go to bed that the pain is not so bad the next day. After trying to "look up" what my pain is from for so long and not finding anything that seems to explain it, I decided that, in my own mind, the anxiety I have goes into my shoulders and stiffens me up and therefore affects my side. I decided that if my shoulders are tightening up from anxiety, maybe if I try to loosen them up, then the other muscles that attach to them will also loosen up. I just hope what I have dealt with and the way I am trying to rid myself of the problem will maybe help someone else with the same problem.
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  • Since my last post I have experienced one "really bad" side pain. It comes around from the middle of the back and across the front making you actually feel like you may be having a heart attack from the location of it.The weird thing is, I know I'm not having a heart attack because of just the way it feels. You all know your own bodies...if it feels like a strained muscle, then that must be what it is. From what I have heard from others, if you are having a heart attack, it hurts REALLY REALLY BAD. When this muscle pain hits you, you must stop and think about what it feels like before you freak out (TRUST ME!). Then take a few deep breaths (if you can) and tell yourself it will be better tomorrow. That is the only way to deal with this if you are afflicted with the same thing I am. I also believe that if it were the other (worse) thing, that you should also look at it as "it will be gone tomorrow" or otherwise what quality of life will you have? I think in most cases that all of us on this forum just have an anxiety issue that inflicts our muscle structure, and it seems we are all hypochoncriacs. I know it's easier said than done, but we have to just learn to live our lives to their fullest extent, and worry as little as possible. About five years ago when I would get the pain, my heart would just race and I was really scared. I now tell myself "it will go away tomorrow" (I have to very straight forward with myself), and then I don't get the racing heart thing. Trust me, the side pain still hurts alot, but we must all go on. Just please tell yourself "It isn't as bad as it could be, I am going to try to have a good day anyway, tomorrow will be better". And it usually is, I hope for all of you :)
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  • I can relate to all of you that have anxiety and pinched nerve. The doctors told me that all my test results were negative. Some days when the pain comes, it get so bad, I don't know what to do. All my test results would come out negative but they don't know what to tell me. If there is anyone out there that knows these symtoms and have answer or recommendation, please give me the answer because I have no clue what to do at this point.hey i have suffered from this as well for 5 years. i went to the doctor i took ekg's, echocardiograms, and also a treadmill stress test. Everything came back normal. i talked to my doctor and he refered me to therapy because he said these things were happening because of stress. I went to the health food store and asked them for something for anxiety, and they told me to take vitamins with b-50 or any b-complex. So i go to the gym and take these vitamins and b-50 and i feel better. it come and goes that's because i am still under a little stress. maybe u should try what works for you. I use to drink and the pain went away that's how i knew it was anxiety. i am going to see a nerologist next week for a muscle test. hope this helped a little.
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  • Hi all - I too have been suffering from this miserable pain feelings for years! In a nut shell: I practically experienced severe gas overnight back some 10 years ago. I all started with this severe gas related feeling where I would pass gas & burp almost constant every day & all day. When it first started I thought I was having a heart attack that’s how bad it was, so I went to the emergency room, no issues all came back normal. The only that would relieve the pain was by raising my left arm above my head and would sleep on my stomach with my head on top of my left arm. What happened next? I started developing left shoulder, neck pain. The gas never went away it just got worse. As a result I ended up in the emergency room over a dozen times over the 10 years - all normal. I started developing anxiety & depression, so I started taking pills for that. I have to tell you that I have seem almost 6 doctors each over every profession including cardiologist, gastrologist, neurologist, chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist, and psychologist - All telling me that it’s nothing. I have no heart issues; I’m the poster child for a perfect stomach according to my six endoscopies & colonoscopies. No nerve pain just alittle carpel tunnel in my right wrist?, pinch nerve in the neck & upper spine and that I have anxiety. So my issue is that when I get stressed I get gas & stomach bloating which pushes up against my diaphragm & other organs creating the pain in the left shoulder which it turns makes the anxiety worse which makes the pinched nerve worse – what a mess… SO I take over the counter antacids for my stomach gas, librax to reduce the bloating & spasms, Kapidex for acid reduction, Tylenol-motin-Aleve for my neck. I feel for you people, I do. Sometimes this wakes up at night in tears. I usually have it worse in the mornings & last nights and whenever I get stressed or nervous which lately is all the time.
    Jneechie 1 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
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  • I started having this pain about April 2009. I was having some bad stomach pains but brushed it off and went to the gym. In the middle of the night I woke up with really bad pain where I couldnt even lay down straight. Went to the doctors who said it was acid reflux and put me on meds. I did not have any heartburn but I tired the prilosec which gave me heartburn once I was done taking it. This went on for months, different doctors tyring to put me on different meds. Thankfully I worked for a natual health food store and was able to get something for the acid reflux.Few months later I went to see a chiroptractor who told me pinched nerves on the spine in different places can cause breathing, digestive and all sorts of medical problems that some doctors treat with meds. After 4 months of treatment I am 95% better. I still get the tightness on the left side which makes it hard to breath but once a week I go to the chiro and in 5 minutes and feel great and can breath again. He said it can take up to 6 months to fix the nerve pinching under the spine. He does say I need to slow down on my workouts...I am not in my 20's anymore.I as most of you now suffer from anxiety from this but each week it gets better, some weeks are bad but thinking back to April 2009 I can live my life without letting this ruin it. I did find that when I am having an anxiety moment when trying to get that deep breath, I try to take slow deep breaths through my mouth and focus on stomach breathing and not chest breathing. My chrio also recommended raising my arms in the air to stretch the muscle and get the deep breath. Side stretches for the back work great as well.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 17, 2009
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  • hi allI suffer from anxiety once in awhile and it usually occurs if i get pain somewhere i get scared and give myself anxiety attack and than it makes me feel down because scared. I am frusterated as well I understand all of u out there and what ur feeling. I never relized that there were others who felt the same way, i just got back to the gym this week past and this morning i was having a great workout feelin pumped about life and all of a sudden i got this pain in my arm into shoulder up my neck so bad i thought i was goin to keel over thought I was having a heart attack, it got me so scared i had anxiety all day today and i am sad about it. I m still having a few pains here and there but not like it was..DOes anyone no what this is??????Kim
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2010
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  • For about three yrs. now I have been suffering from what doctors have told me to be a pinched nerve behind my left shoulder blade. I have anxiety and so when I would get a pain in my left side rib area my mind automatically said, Its a heart attack or something related to that. The doctor did blood work EKG and x-rays, nothing was found, all came back normal. I get bloated and have gas from certain meals, also I was drinking heavily so it made me start to have heartburn which I previously didnt have. I have tried physical therapy, accupuncture, massage therapy and chiropracotors. All have relieved the pain but it keeps coming back and nothing seems to fix it. Medication takes my mind of it so its not worse but thats about it. Im tired of living my life like this, always thinking the worst when something is not feeling right with my body. A pain in my head is a tumor, a pain in my upper back is my aorta seperating, my chest is a heart attack. Please help me if someone can and give me some advice on how to deal with this or better yet get over it and start living normal! I have stopped working out for fear of getting my heart racing and then thinking something is wrong with it. I dont know what to do....:(hello, are you still online at this site?
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  • I have right shoulder blade PAIN and right chest muscle is tight. I have had it for 16 months on xanax and almost another 2 years while trying to heal from the xanax. Xanax caused this. Went through numerous doctor's, specialists, mri's..etc...when all 20 plus of my symptoms were caused from this evil drug. Any medicine that messes with your CNS central nervous system can cause this. I joined a yahoo forum that has helped me heal to the 70% that I am today. Doctor's just through more med's at me. This right shoulder pain is the worst pain ever.For about three yrs. now I have been suffering from what doctors have told me to be a pinched nerve behind my left shoulder blade. I have anxiety and so when I would get a pain in my left side rib area my mind automatically said, Its a heart attack or something related to that. The doctor did blood work EKG and x-rays, nothing was found, all came back normal. I get bloated and have gas from certain meals, also I was drinking heavily so it made me start to have heartburn which I previously didnt have. I have tried physical therapy, accupuncture, massage therapy and chiropracotors. All have relieved the pain but it keeps coming back and nothing seems to fix it. Medication takes my mind of it so its not worse but thats about it. Im tired of living my life like this, always thinking the worst when something is not feeling right with my body. A pain in my head is a tumor, a pain in my upper back is my aorta seperating, my chest is a heart attack. Please help me if someone can and give me some advice on how to deal with this or better yet get over it and start living normal! I have stopped working out for fear of getting my heart racing and then thinking something is wrong with it. I dont know what to do....:(
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  • Hi thereI came across this thread while googling around on the symptoms.I am suffering with the same problem of nerve stretching feeling on left side, for more than 9 years. I too have bloated feeling and anxiety I am rather shocked that there are many people with exact same issues which the modern medicine can't helpDo you guys are still on is forum?. I noticed first posts goes way back to 2007.It will be great if you can share the progress in the past 3 years ,after you become more aware of the symptomsAll the best
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  • Describe your pain in your left scapular region,if that's where it is.There aren't really that many cases of ''pinched''nerves in the shoulder blade area,but the head of a rib can get frozen in place and cause all sorts of back and possibly chest pain.There aren't really that many cases of ''pinched''nerves in the shoulder blade area,but the head of a rib can get frozen in place and cause all sorts of back
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 23, 2010
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  • For about three yrs. now I have been suffering from what doctors have told me to be a pinched nerve behind my left shoulder blade. I have anxiety and so when I would get a pain in my left side rib area my mind automatically said, Its a heart attack or something related to that. The doctor did blood work EKG and x-rays, nothing was found, all came back normal. I get bloated and have gas from certain meals, also I was drinking heavily so it made me start to have heartburn which I previously didnt have. I have tried physical therapy, accupuncture, massage therapy and chiropracotors. All have relieved the pain but it keeps coming back and nothing seems to fix it. Medication takes my mind of it so its not worse but thats about it. Im tired of living my life like this, always thinking the worst when something is not feeling right with my body. A pain in my head is a tumor, a pain in my upper back is my aorta seperating, my chest is a heart attack. Please help me if someone can and give me some advice on how to deal with this or better yet get over it and start living normal! I have stopped working out for fear of getting my heart racing and then thinking something is wrong with it. I dont know what to do....:(i have the same issue probably because i am a nurse and see people go through so much and i don't want to.i always think i am going to get very sick and die of a heart attack because my anxiety always affects the left side of my chest. then you here so much about how everything is bad for you and you think that's me. i think it has to do with the fear of dying or dying to soon. anxiety is awful. i have had symptoms for 10 yrs now. i took a quarter of a beta blocker, bisoprolol, for about 5 years and have had pretty good results until now. it helps with all of the heart and left chest symptoms and racing heart, but i think the anxiety and stress from too much adrenalin manifests itself in other places of the body. i have to get a handle on exactly what you are talking about.i want to find out why i have too much adrenalin.stress and inflammation cause it to surge. it's hard to find md's to work with you on the subject. they just want to hand you a pill and send you on your way.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 24, 2010
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  • Ive been pretty much having the same problems; pain between my spine and shoulder blades, occasionally going through to my chest. Sometimes it veries from side to side, and my shoulder and upper arm start to hurt and feel weak as well. Sometimes its after heartburn, or even causes it. When I attempt to move my arm, sometimes the pain lessens and other times it sharpens to the point I cant breath. Ive had an anxiety attack maybe once in my life, but I have not been diagnosed with reoccurance of it. I have yet to go to the doctor, I dont have insurance and no where near able to pay a bill like that. Im only 21, not too prone to really thinking the worst of things all the time, but if anyone can give me some advice, (Im working on getting that insurance) I would really appreciate it, Thanks.
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