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    Stabbing pain at right shoulder blade
    Bonnie4129 posted:
    For the past 2 years I have been to the ER about 15 times due to the pain in my back. It feels like someone is stabbing me in my back near my right should blade over & over & I can not sit, stand or lay down to get relief. My doctor has given me muscle relaxers, pain pills and morphine to help the pain. Nothing works - I always end up in the ER where I have to get a shot & than I usually go back the next day for the same reason. I have been told that it is only my muscle but I do the exercise I am given by the therapy department. I have been to an Orthopedic specialist, Rheumatology specialist, Chiropractor and Acupuncture. I put those medicated patches on it a lot but it also does not work. I still get this problem several times a year. I was told that I have to stop doing everything I love to do, stop doing housework, stop doing laundry. When I asked my doctor who was going to do these things for me, she told me that I need to look into getting someone in to do it for me. She will not send me to neurology to see if maybe it is a pinched nerve.

    I am desperate, can anyone give me an idea what this might be and how I can get it fixed.
    davedsel57 responded:
    Hello and welcome.

    I'm sorry to read of your pain but fully understand.

    Make sure the orthopedic is a spine specialist. An orthopedic spine specialist/surgeon or neurosurgeon are the best doctors to see for spine related problems.

    Have you had an MRI or CT Scan? What did the report say? Before pursuing any type of treatment you need a spine specialist to give you an accurate diagnosis. A pain management specialist, especially a physiatrist, would be a good doctor to see once you have an accurate diagnosis.

    We are a group of lay people who have experience with back pain. We can not actually diagnose or give medical advice, but we can share our knowledge and experiences.

    I pray you can get the proper treatment and relief soon.
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    Ayuda01 responded:
    Have they checked your gallbladder? Just an idea, I know that causes shoulder pain also.
    Bonnie4129 replied to Ayuda01's response:
    Lost my gallbladder 30 years ago. Thanks
    Bonnie4129 replied to davedsel57's response:
    I know that I can not get medical advice but I was hoping that someone out there has had or is having the same kind of problem that I am having. All my test say that there is nothing wrong. I just can not get my doctor to send me to a specialist. She did have her BOSS call me the other day and told me that he agrees with her that it is just a muscle pain and that I need to stop doing everything that I love to do and to sit in a chair all day so that it will not happen again. What doctor tells you to give up on life? If I have to stop doing what I love, than what is there to live for. Thanks for your understanding Dave.
    davedsel57 replied to Bonnie4129's response:
    Hello again.

    How easy would it be for you to change primary doctors? Sometimes that is a drastic but needed step to take to get the care we need. I've done it once or twice and was always glad I did.
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    Bonnie4129 replied to davedsel57's response:
    Thanks Dave - I will be seeing my new doctor tomorrow. I have asked my old doctor about a neurosurgeon dozens of times and she just kept telling me that it is a muscle problem and I do not need to see a specialist.

    Once again, thank you for your advice.

    God Bless & Have a great day

    jtaylor996 responded:
    This sounds almost identical to the back pain I've been dealing with for the last 7 years or so.

    In my case, I get sharp stabbing pain right at the base of the shoulder blades. This is extreme pain. It's normally on my right side, although it's currently on my left side (or I wouldn't be browsing back pain websites right now!).

    I've been able to determine what has been happening. Typically I'll do some activity that causes a lot of stress back there. The first time it was swinging a hatchet to clear out roots in my yard. There is no immediate pain, but within 24 hours things get very bad.

    My theory here is that I'm irritating the muscles surrounding the nerve. They get inflamed and pinch down on the nerve. The pain is so intense that my muscles then involuntarily clench constantly (since it's so bad I can't even breathe deeply) that it just further irritates the same muscles and pinches it even more.

    Along that theory, I've been able to come up with a plan to reduce the irritation and swelling of the muscles, and this has worked very well since I figured this out a few years ago. My treatment is basically a lot of ibuprofen (600 or 800 mg every 4 hours, religiously), and basically bed rest.

    The ibuprofen really works well for me. It typically works for pain on me, but at these high doses and intervals the same medicine will reduce swelling and inflammation also.

    If I keep moving around, then the pain will continue until I stop. In the past, this has gone on for weeks. In the last few years I start the ibuprofen immediately as well as rest, and I can usually be done with it in less than a day. When it's gone, I go back to living as normal. I'll typically have one of these episodes about every 3-5 months.

    If your pain has the same cause as mine, then you need to get serious about resting. There's no other way to get the swelling down and relieve that nerve. Pain management is important too, but I generally don't get pain if I'm not moving.

    What did your new doc say?
    bj1208 replied to jtaylor996's response:
    Hi JTAYLOR996 - welcome to the support group -

    first I just wanted to let you know the posts you are responding to are 3-5 months old. We have not received any more posts from the member.

    next - regarding the intake of ibuprofen - along with Tylenol the maximum dosage is 3000-4000 mg daily (3000 for Tylenol and 4000 for Ibuprofen). and taking these at high or higher dosages daily can cause liver damage. So please be careful how much you are taking.

    What I would suggest you do is see either a Orthopedic Spine Specialist or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. They are the only ones that can read film results of MRI/CT Scans/X-rays accurately and give diagnosis. Once that is done they can offer treatment options.

    In most times, when muscles are tight/tense it could be they are protecting something that may be from an old injury/new injury etc.,

    As an example, I have tight muscles on the left side of my back from just under my shoulder blade going down to my buttocks. Reason this is so tight is I have lots of problems, i.e., I have a blood vessel tumor at T9, my facet joints at T-11 and T-12 are shot. I also have some tightness on thelower right side and lower left side because, i.e., Fusion surgery at L5-S1 disc removed and hardware put in. Facet joints on both sides at L5, L4, L3 and L2 are shot.

    The tightness of the muscles are warning me and protecting these areas so I don't over do anything.

    You've this for a long time and I would suggest you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. You could have an underlying problem that is being covered up by the muscles.

    please keep us posted what you find out~~
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    Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

    ~~ Joy ~~
    HattieO responded:

    I don't know what this is but I must have it also. The pain is awful and I can't get a doctor to call me back for any kind of pain med.

    WAldogav replied to Bonnie4129's response:
    I have it!! I have had a stabbing pain everyday of my life for the past 8 years. I have been to chiropractor, physical therapist, physiatrist, i was in a pain clinic for 2 years. It is when I lie down on my left side. I can't take a full breath when it is at it's peak pain. They say nothing is wrong on the tests, but there is no way I should feel pain that bad when there is nothing wrong.
    barbarawinterolwessels replied to jtaylor996's response:
    Wow, I thank you so much for this information, my 'stabbing' pain is just now subsiding. An hour ago I couldn't take a deep breath, the pain was so bad. I thought I might have pleurisy, because that's the only other time I couldn't take a deep breath due to pain. I scrubbed my car mats yesterday, & made the muscles so sore, that today I was in severe pain. I was ready to go to the ER, the pain was so bad, but instead, I googled this type of pain & found your info. Took Ibuprofen & a pain pill, sat still for an hour, now the pain is completely gone. Thank you
    Mommy3350 responded:
    Not sure if you've figured this out yet, but look into sphincter of oddi dysfunction. Especially because I see you GB has been removed. Ever have elevated liver or pancreas enzymes in the ER? And you should consult with a GI

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