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    Old 12-22-2018, 06:16 PM   #1
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    Neck and shoulder blade pain ... rotator problem?

    Well I have to say, since Menopausel, things have crept up like no tomorrow. I have chronic neck pain. Some days better than others. My hubby says its the pilliw but years ago, my MRI said that I had the typical annular bulging and degenerative discs at C5-C6 with borderline narrowing of the cervical spinal canal. (This was 12 years ago) along with spinal stenosis. I did fall about a year ago throwing my arms back landing on my arms so that I would land on my back so much at the lake. Now, along with neck pain, I get shoulder blade pain on just the right side off and on and my right shoulder feels tight and sometimes pain will go down the inside of my arm to the thumb area. So my question is, would this be more of a neck issue or rotator cuff issue. I don't want to waste the money and go to a wrong Dr on this. Any suggestions?
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    Old 12-23-2018, 09:20 AM   #2
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    Re: Neck and shoulder blade pain....rotator problem?

    Hi there. It could be either and no matter what if you see an Orthopedic doctor, you will be seeing the right kind of doc.

    I have similar issues; bulging discs at C4, C5 and C6....and have had them for years. Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column) can be perfectly normal as it narrows with age- or it can be a chronic condition. Either way, nothing is done about it unless it is pressing on a nerve to the point where it is unbearable and you decide you want surgery. Usually not recommended.

    I have been suffering with shoulder, neck issues for the past 6 months and finally dragged myself to an ortho doctor who did Xrays because I was sure it was rotator cuff related; it turned out not to be. I have busitis in my shoulder and neck and nothing can really be done. He gave me steroid shots which helped- put me on a home PT regimen of exercises which also help- and that's that.

    You wont know until you get checked out, so go see an Ortho. Ask for one who specializes in neck and shoulder pain as some Orthos are specific to hips and knees. Most groups have several subspecialists within the group.

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    Old 12-23-2018, 05:46 PM   #3
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    Re: Neck and shoulder blade pain....rotator problem?

    If you have chronic neck pain and already know you have some cervical disc problems, it makes sense to me to see a spine specialist. This could be either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Just be sure the practice is limited to issues of the neck and back.

    You can look online for a “dermatome map” which will show you which spinal nerve innervates which area of the body. You can see that your complaints seem to follow along the dermatomes for the c5, c6 and c7 spinal nerves. Since you sometimes have pain that radiates down the arm, it sounds like there is at least some nerve irritation or compression.

    Perhaps there is also an issue with the rotator cuff...but I think it makes sense to begin with the cervical spine.

     
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    Re: Neck and shoulder blade pain....rotator problem?

    Thank you for the replies. Today its been more shoulder, shoulder blade and a little bit down the arm. I pushed on one rib on the same side and it was tender. There is also tenderness in front sometimes right above the arm pit fat (is what I call that area). Can the shoulder pain or shoulder blade pain affect the pectoralis muscles?

     
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    Old 12-23-2018, 07:10 PM   #5
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    Re: Neck and shoulder blade pain....rotator problem?

    Shoulder Pain can affect many areas of your body....but the pectoral muscles are very difficult to hurt unless you are lifting heavy weights incorrectly or have had some sort of pectoral surgery.
    It sounds like this is related to your neck or shoulder. Go see a doctor and find out. This more than likely has nothing to do with menopause!
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    Old 12-23-2018, 10:32 PM   #6
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    Re: Neck and shoulder blade pain....rotator problem?

    [QUOTE=MSNik;5491044]Shoulder Pain can affect many areas of your body....but the pectoral muscles are very difficult to hurt unless you are lifting heavy weights incorrectly or have had some sort of pectoral surgery.
    It sounds like this is related to your neck or shoulder. Go see a doctor and find out. This more than likely has nothing to do with menopause![/QUOTE]
    Yes, I do need to get in to some kind of Dr but you know how the holidays go, I'm sure it will be after the New Year before I can get in.

     
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