Hello all - I sincerely hope this is the right forum for this and if not please put it where it needs to go. Here goes:
Back just before Christmas I was experiencing some tightness around my left shoulder blade for a few days (nothing painful). I asked my wife to massage it, which felt great. The next morning I woke up and could barely stand the pain.
So since then, I've gone to the doctor, asking if it was a pinched nerve, which he said he believed it was (on my left thumb, I have some numbness, especially on the outer edges). After not seeing anything too apparent on x-rays, He referred me to physical therapy. I am not averse to physical therapy, as I've done a lot in the past and benefited, but they didn't seem to know what to do with me. I decided to switch to chiropractic. The Chiropractor helped in that the pain is not severe, and some days I have are nearly pain free, but I'm really frustrated that 1) It never seems to completely go away (and on some days can be pretty uncomfortable) 2) The numbness in my thumb persists.
One thing is that the pain itself seems to exhibit in 2 main areas - First and most common, the inner edge of my left shoulder blade and additionally I get soreness on the outer edge of my shoulder blade too, kind of under my arm (it almost feels like bruising when that happens). Initially I had a lot of left arm pain too, particularly sitting in certain types of chairs, but that is mostly better. At times I have tingling in my arm.
I've wondered if it is definitely a pinched nerve or something could be out of place around my shoulder causing the issue. Do pinched nerves get better? Yes, of course unfortunately I am an IT pro that sits in a chair almost all day. I have been trying to get up at least every 30 minutes though and I've also started working some at a standing desk. I would greatly appreciate suggestions as it is very frustrating to live like this for 4+ months.