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Sever pain between shoulder blades except when laying down

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I injured myself at work moving some furniture about 2 months ago. I have been diagnosed with a bulging disc in my lower back, which has been causing me plenty of problems but isn't actually my main complaint since the injury. I have had sever pain in my upper back, between my shoulder blades, that occurs whenever I sit or stand for more than an hour.

At about a half an hour it starts to build. I start to get nauseous, light-headed and my back starts to ache in general. At about the hour mark the pain has built up between my shoulder blades to be fairly severe, I start having horrible hot flashes and anything after that the pain and symptoms become so intense that I can't focus on anything but dealing with the pain until I can lay down. It's been keeping me from being able to work, as well as really being able to do pretty much any normal activity in my life.

I've now seen a specialist, who said that the pain between my shoulder blades was "common" and nearly impossible to diagnose... that we would just have to keep working on it with physical therapy to get rid of it. As I'm doing more exercises working those muscles my pain and injuries are starting to feel like they did in the begining, including my neck pain returning (was awful, where I couldn't move it for weeks... but MRI was clean except for a minimal disc bulge).

I don't feel like in these 2 months it's really improved at all and I'm having a hard time accepting that there's nothing more to look into or diagnose, that it's just there and I have to deal with it. I want my life back... I want to be able to sit up and watch a movie, go to the grocery store, clean my house, visit friends and family. If anyone has any ideas I would reallllly appreciate the help!



  • Hi there,

    There is more you can do, so don't give up hope! Get a 2nd opinion from a different specialist/neurosurgeon.

    I've told this story before, but at the risk of boring others it may help you. My first MRI (lower back) with the first 'specialist' showed 'no abnormalities except age-related degeneration'. Like you, I struggled for the next few months with the pain becoming worse.

    Eventually I had a second MRI carried out by a different neurosurgeon in a different facility and it produced unbelievably different results (everything you can see below). He's started treating me for it and already his injections are working.

    So my advice would be to seek a second opinion and don't give up (I almost did). Not only do radiologists interpret MRIs differently, but there are good radiologist and not-so-good ones. Actually, I'm not sure from your post whether you've had an MRI on the area in question.

    Having said that, I've never had shoulder problems, so perhaps someone on this site who's experienced similar problems to yours can advise you further.

    Bye Val
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