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Pain under shoulder blade while sleeping on back

danparker276ddanparker276 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in New Member Introductions
My wife has had pain on her back under her left shoulder blade and causes her to wake up at night while she's sleeping on her back. When she moves to sleep on her stomach the pain goes away. Whenever her back is against something she feels the pain, so in the middle of the night she feels the pain a lot until she turns on her stomach.

The pain follows the heartbeat and is a pounding/burning pain over a medium size area.

It started a year and a half ago everyone once in a while, now it's happening ever night. The x-ray didn't show anything.

Last night it was very minor compared to other nights though. It's off and on.


  • Does she have any neck problems, Dan? There is a chance it is referred from a couple of levels of the c-spine.

    If it persists and a physiotherapist can't help her, see if her doc does trigger point injections; she may have a nasty spasm in there that won't "give".

    Another thought is that she could have a rib "out". I would suggest she see a good physiotherapist, and hopefully they can figure out what's happening.

    In future, you might want to post under certain sections of the forum so you'll get more responses.

    Hope she gets some relief soon!

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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. your wife is very fortunate to have you on her side.. i am sure she needs you very much right now..i don't have any answers for you but i did want to say hello!! i do hope your wife finds some relief soon.. Jenny :)
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