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Shoulder blade pain -- C ???

diamondeddiamonde Posts: 185
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone,

Just a quick question. I'm about 10 months post op from a double ACDF (details below). I've developed a burning pain in my shoulder blade that has me dreading the possibility of having to go back on lyrica... (effective but I like having my memory at full speed!) Anyway, I'm trying to figure out which C (C6, C7, or T1) is associated with shoulder blade pain. Anyone out there know? I've checked the videos and articles on the site but i'm still unclear.

Thanks everyone,
L4-L5 fusion 1998; ACDF C4-6 2008; DDD


  • Diamonde,

    Do a search for "Dermatome Map", and you will see a mapping of what nerve levels serve which areas of our bodies. Keep in mind, there is a little bit of an overlap of the "lines" as drawn, as each of us is wired a little bit differently. I hope it helps you. I know for me, My C6 and C7 nerve roots were the cause of my shoulder blade pain. Take care.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I get the shoulder blade pain as well as around the top of my rib cage from a T1 nerve root. Make sure you are looking at nerve root and not vertabra. Wikipedia has a pretty good map that shows what goes where. There is a lot of cross over from c7 to t1 and I am sure others as well.
  • Diamonde, been a while, sorry to see you posting too :(

    The shoulder blade is my nemesis right now, I swear If cutting it off would stop this pain I'd do it.

    This is the 3rd out of the last 5 days it has been brutal. Feels like someone has slide a knife under it and is slowly trying to saw it off, a very Dull knife!

    I fractured a piece off of C7 during the accident.
    the SCS covers my shoulder pain and I can get other areas covered, but not this one. I also understand your not wanting to go back on Lyrica, maybe there is another answer this time?

    I know, I think I know, you have a hard time getting into see a doctor, hope you can get an answer soon.
  • My surgeon said shoulder pain is from the T1 nerve root. The MRI shows no problem there. He says its still post op pain. I had a Post. Cerv. Foram. - C5-6 & C6-7, 7 mos ago. Diamo, being 10 mos post op, you are still recovering from the surgery itself. Deep, deep tissue massage helps, only from a qualified real pro at it. Oh, heating pad OR heat patches feel good too. Kris, I hope your surgeon will do this T1 area "endoscopically".
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