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Strange pains in on my right shoulder blade and armpit
Milsher posted:
Hi all, I have been experiencing very strange pains on my right shoulder blade that occasionally travels to my armpit and even my right breast area. By strange I mean it is a hodge podge of feelings. It goes from itchy, to sharp shooting pains to dull aches. Occasionally the area burns a little too and is always tender to the touch. There are no signs of irritation or sores. The skin looks completley normal. I called mt doctor and he said it soulds like it could be an inflamed muscle or nerve and tot ake some aleve and that should take care of the problem, but it hasn't done anything.

The reason I posted this in the anxiety area is because I was looking around the internet and found several similar complaints with no answers and each person who had similar symptoms suffered from anxiety. I too have anxiety issues.

Any help would be great!
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
I'm not sure what the reason would be for your physician not to have had you come in in order to check your problem. It's true that there are some forms of anxiety that seem to manifest as physical symptoms, but we cannot assume this until after a medical exam.

Since it is quite specific to one area of your body, I would think that your physician should check you out. As to the issue of anxiety in general, you might want to try some self-help techniques such as relaxation breathing. If you do not know how to do this, we have uploaded a video to demonstrate for you. You'll find it in the Tips column on the right hand side of this page.

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