I am a 37yr old female who likes to lead a very active life. Love kayaking but have never done any fast water. Love to rapell, do photography, travel, and was in the fire dept. for 8 years. No, this isn't a singles ad
I am happily married, just mentioning some things that I used to love before my neck, shoulder/scapula pain and what could cause these issues.
I just had my second cervical fusion on Dec. 12th since my first one in 2001 did not fuse at all on one level. They used bone from my hip on the first surgery but not this one thankfully.
I have had Right shoulder/scapula pain for about two years that has gotten progressively worse and my Pain Mgmt. doctor has ignored this and only addressed my neck so I am now in your position of finding an answer and went to an Orthopaedic on Wednesday and he did x-rays and is sending me for an MRI which I will get next Tuesday. He thinks it might be rotator cuff.
My most pain are top of shoulder, down the outside to the elbow and there is a hard lump on the top of the scapula that is excruciating when touched. (I only just found this a few days ago when I was rubbing my shoulder) I also have extreme pain in my throracic spine and mid scapula and my shoulder actually looks like it's double jointed and moves in many more positions with a poppint/crunching sound that my left shoulder doesn't do.
Not trying to scare you in any way but just letting you know that a blood test will not rule out a spinal cancer or bone cancer. That would be seen on MRI's CAT scans... Blood cell counts are usually for leukemia type cancers.
Now, please know that this is very rare but it has certainly crossed my mind as well because of this hard bone-like lump I have but most likely not this.
I am also seeing a Spine Specialist on the 24th since they are hard to get into see and would recommend this for you in case you have thoracic issues or cervical spine issues. That way you can rule that out and if it is something that is just a shoulder issue than an Ortho can handle.
I personally don't recommend a Chiro because if you have a disc problem, this could make it worse by manipulation and do more damage. Just my opinion...
What tests have you gotten done?? X-rays, MRI's???
My pain is also really bad at night and makes it hard to sleep..
It definitely could be the lack of activity causing your leg pain. I do some interesting streches that really help and stretch the hamstring and sciatic nerve from sitting so much after my surgery.
I will pray that you find a quick answer and get the appropriate treatment. Also be careful of having too many cortisone shots as they can be harmful with too much steriods in your muscles.
Hope that I helped some with my shoulder story and feel free to write back and please keep us updated on your progress.