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New Pain in Shoulder Blade area

Nov 11, 2015 7:46 PM

Hi all

For about the past 8-9 years, I've been dealing with very bad lower back pain. Over time, the pain has worsened and spread to my hip/groin area, as well as down my leg (my thigh has swelled up a few times.) Been diagnosed with 2 bulging discs, which a chiro told me were actually prolapsed(herniated), arthritis, sciatica, facet joint syndrome, minor scoliosis. Tried injections a few times years ago, didn't help. Haven't been back to a doctor as I haven't had much luck with getting help. About 2 months ago, I was going through my morning routine getting ready for work, and all of a sudden got a very sharp pain in my right shoulder/shoulder blade/upper back area. It hurt to take breaths. Best way I can describe would be almost like a very bad cramp. The pain was severe, but eased slightly after about 40 min (could breathe without agony). Ever since, I've been experiencing awful pain on a daily basis in this shoulder area. I've been dealing with pain problems for 8+ years and has spread/intensified over that period. All of my problems are on the right side of my body. Sorry for the long post but was wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this before. Do you think the lower back/hip/leg pain is connected to this new shoulder/blade/thoracic pain? I also experience headaches daily, and some days both of my legs really hurt badly. I know I need to see a doctor, but I feel defeated after dealing with this for so long without really receiving the help I need.

Nov 11, 2015 11:43 PM

Sounds like a possible bone spur or herniation to upper thoracic region

Nov 12, 2015 12:09 AM

I have a thorasic herniated disc with spinal stenosis and you almost perfectly described what I go through. I also have multiple spine issues. I have not noticed swelling though. I hate the painful breathing and have discovered that laying flat and taking slow huge breaths and meditating helps. Sometimes I feel like I have a huge hard mass or ball between my shoulderblades. I am in PT and because of all my spine issues have been working on posture. So far the biggest help is when she taught me to stand with my legs, takes all the pressure off the back. Ice or heat don't help. I have a tens unit and I have it set to a hard thump and I am not sure if it is like a massage or annoying and takes my mind off it but it helps better than anything else which isn't really saying a lot.

I seen a surgeon and apparently herniated thorasic discs are not as common. Took forever for me to get that mri because of that. Anyway they told me surgery is not an option unless something goes really wrong or the spinal cord is severely pinched because it is an invasive surgery that could lead to paralyzed or worse.

Wish I had some great words of wisdom.

Nov 12, 2015 11:51 AM

Scottiediggs, two jobs come to mind with your description. First would be a disc issues, from the cervical to the thoracic. I get scapular pain & spasms and my Ortho doc said it's coming from my C4-5 area. But I also have issues with T11-12. The second possibility is Costochondritis, which is pain and spasms in the tissue (muscles/tendons/ligaments) between each rib. I use to only have it in front but now it goes all the way around my sides to my scapulae. Either way, there's not anything I can do but to stay calm when it flares. Surgery is out of the question for the discs. I oppose someone else has options and treatments. Good luck! 🙏🌼

Nov 17, 2015 2:09 PM

Thank you for the responses! It's extremely frustrating to live with such bad pain on a daily basis. I hope to find some help from a doctor sometime soon. I've just felt so down and defeated after trying and ending up back to where I started, only worse. It really wears on you mentally, as well as physically. It's no way to live. I'm only 27-going on 28, and have been dealing with some form of back pain since the age of 18-19. Feels like I'm going on age 78!

Nov 17, 2015 6:14 PM

omg Scottie. I had L5-S1 & L4-L5 removed and fused 12 months ago. I developed that same darn cramp in my upper right shoulder too!

Mine started out in lower back for 29 years. Leg pain and what I affectionately refer to as the kink (upper right back/shoulder) both started in about April one I became more active in the spring.

My therapist has nailed it pretty hard with the electricity through acupuncture needles. At least that provided some relief though be it short lived.

I'm trying journaling for the kink. Also bought the Backnonber II on Amazon. Very helpful.

Good luck,


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