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stabbing pain driving me nuts

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I hope someone recognizes this. I have had neck problems for years (pinched nerves). Every once in a while when my neck is sore, I get a pain on the inner edge of my shoulder blade, always in the exact same spot about the size of a dime, that feels like some one is jabbing me with an icepick.It doesn't go away. I can deal with the neck pain but this shoulder thing kills (I also get a pain in my right forearm). It lasts a few months and almost overnight goes away along with the neck pain. Any ideas? Any relief? Lying down helps but I do work a lot of hours and sitting or standing aggravate it the most. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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    Cervical discs can cause a lot of neck stabbing pain (most of the time at the base of the neck) and radiating pain down one of the arms into your hand and fingers.
    But once I hear shoulder blade, I jump over to Thoracic disc and probably more so to the Rhomboid muscle that goes from the middle of your back up to your shoulder blade.
    That is a hard stabbing burning pain that is so difficult to resolve.
    Have you been to a doctor for any of your problems? Pinched nerves and Muscular problems can be so troublesome to resolve and so easy to come back with the slightest activity.
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  • I'll bring in the info tomorrow from my numerous tests etc. (I'm at work now). In the meantime, is it possible that the two areas, shoulder blade and forearm are trigger points from a pinched nerve or do trigger points not really exist as I have been told. And, if they do exist, how do I get rid of the pain as it's affecting my whole life. Thanks for any help.
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  • there is definitely such things as trigger points.Have you tried massages for this,it might help.i was always told to apply heat that it would help but it never did for me,i tried ice and found it worked much better.
  • I have the same thing and they can not figure out why and they just keep handing me drugs that I refuse because I know they will not work. fentenyl, neurontin, lortab etc. Mine feels like someone is driving a needle in my shoulder blades :''(
  • Yes this is something that I have been plagued with for a long time. My SCS handles it now, but if I turn it off I would feel the stabbing and burning.

    Early on, I found that acupuncture helped me with this. I couldn't handle any massage to the area, but the acupuncture did provide some relief.

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  • Do you have a pain management Dr? He'd be better at helping with Trigger points and also some physio are educated in trigger point or deep massage. All these of course need to be referred by your Doctor. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • What worked for me was a couple of things, depending on what was at hand and what I felt comfortable doing.

    Acupuncture is certainly worth a try. I went for about 6 weeks and it helped for quite a while. He also did heat therapy on my shoulders and upper back and that, too, helped.

    I used a heating pad for a long time and still do when I get spasms like that. It may take a few days to really begin to loosen up the muscle spasm, but it's at your own pace and you don't have to make an appointment with a PT. I got mine at CVS for about 20 bucks.

    It was only just before my most recent operation that I discovered the joys of a TENS unit. Was the best 50 bucks I ever spent and I only kick myself for not getting one years ago; it would have saved me nearly ten times that amount in over the counter pain killers.

    And ask your orthopedist or neurosurgeon to check the discs out really good. I went years with the same pain only to discover recently that the discs in the back of my neck were compressed whenever I stood-up, which for most of the human race is about 90% of the time. Keep asking questions of the doc.

    I went to a physiatrist for pain management too. He was great. We did a nerve block injection to lower the inflammation at the exit of the nerve from the spinal chord. You may need more than one injection to feel a difference.

    Good luck. Don't let it get you down.
  • Harleybear, I have had the same thing on and off for 3 years. Finally had an MRI and my doctor referred me to a PM
    specialist. He said it was a disc bulge and they eventually shrink back by themselves. I declined the injection, so he put me on oral steriods, then sent me to PT where I had 20 traction sessions. That was in June and I have not had the shoulder stabbing, forearm pain since.
  • I'm having the same thing for 4 months. The doctors discovered a menginoma 1 cm from MRI's and now it's confusing. Is it the tumor on the sopinal cord or ruptured
    disk? My pain is throbing and numbness and spread to the foot. What do you think?
  • I called it ground zero - nothing they have done in my neck has relieved this stabbing, like a pole thru me pain. When i turn my neck, i feel it in my back. i can't tilt or twist shoulders anymore. I haven't been able to get to the bottom of what that pain is from either....will let you know if something comes up - keep us updated
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