Re: Lump under shoulder blade on right side only accompanied by burning pain
What you describe is a winged scapula. This is when your shoulder blade, especially the inside margin next to the spine pokes out from the chest wall. Stand a couple of feet from the wall and put your hands on the wall, now let your body slowly go forward with your arms stiff. Have your mother look at your shoulder blades and see the difference. If it is very minor it can be a nerve, C6 from the neck, but this is unusual. If it is this you will be able most likely to raise your arm straight up in the air as far or almost as far as the other. If it wings a lot and you have dificulty raising it near full it most likely is a palsy of the long thoracic nerve, it coming from some of the thoracic spine. It can be be a neuritis, perhaps caused by a virus. Another reason is carrying a too heavy back pack or slinging it over only one shoulder. Third reason is adolescents and young people who do gymnastics or heavy work and tweak the nerve. Usually it gives pain in the shoulder blade and to the neck. The pain settles after weeks or a month. It is unfortunate that in many cases it takes many months or even a year for the nerve to grow down, not usually painfull but certainly inconvenient. Treatments don't seem to help. No gym work for a while if it is a long thoracic nerve palsy. Your doctor may not fully understand what a palsy like this means, it is not very common, but who wants something that is common!!.
Last edited by james079; 06-11-2011 at 11:04 PM.
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