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    Old 06-06-2011, 01:59 PM   #1
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    Severe pain in Right Shoulder Blade area

    *sorry for multiple posts, I don't know whats wrong and really need help, I'm not sure which area to post in...*

    I am a 20 year old female and have had back pain for around five years.

    About two years ago I was told that I have two spots of mild scoliosis, one in my lower back and one in my upper back.

    The lower area starts hurting if I stand or bend very much and will be sore if you gently press on the area.

    The area of my upper back radiates pain up my neck and around my shoulder blade area almost all the time, but much worse on the right side.
    If I "tighten" my muscles I hear a "popping" sound and the pain is slightly relieved for a few minutes up to a couple hours.

    The pain is worse at night and I often wake up a lot. I haven't been able to sleep on my right side for over two years now with out extreme pain and headaches. There will also be swelling/pressure "under" my shoulderblade.

    My chiropractor said he can't help much anymore because of the pain caused when he puts something into place. He, and others, have said that the scoliosis doesn't explain so much pain in my upper back- that the scoliosis isn't even very bad. I was told that I have a bunch of scar tissue around my upper back. But I haven't done anything to cause that.

    I can't lift or carry things very well and I feel like a baby or something. Most of my family doesn't really believe me about the pain, especially since they can't see my scoliosis and its not supposed to hurt this bad when its this mild.

    I have other painful points; lower ribs, sometimes elbows and other joints. Headaches a lot. In the last year I was diagnosed with severe depression and I think the constant pain is part of the problem. I have had some undiagnosed heart issues (other than suposedly "painless" PVC).

    I can't handle heat or cold well... I get terrible head pain and lightheadedness that lasts for hours or days if I work out in the heat very long at all.
    I feel like a walking complaint or something and most of my friends and family think I am... hence a few suicidal attepts.

    I'm only 20! I should be out working a job and "pulling my load". I don't drink or smoke. I take very little prescription drugs even for pain. I eat healthy (mostly organic, all natual, and whole foods) almost no pop or caffien.
    I should be "fine" but I feel half dead already!

    Sorry its long.. I'm a bit frustrated...
    Any help or advice?

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    Old 06-07-2011, 03:00 PM   #2
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    Hi there,
    I can really sense by your post that you are throughly frustated!
    This is my first board, so let me know if I am posting right.
    First, what kind of doctors have you been to. Have you seen an orthopedist or a neurologist? I think you first need a complete diagnosis and then try and solve one problem at a time.
    I know a lot of times with back pain it takes a while for one method of treatment to work. I went for years before I found the right combination for me, and I admit I was really depressed!
    It seems to me maybe all the problems aren't neccessarily realated only to your back. Maybe you have some pinched nerves going on there.
    I am not a doctor, but I will offer support and an understanding of your level of frustration.
    I hope you find some relief very soon!

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    Re: Severe pain in Right Shoulder Blade area

    Try to get into see a scoliosis specialist. In the world of spine doctors and spine surgeons, there are these wonderful docs called scoliosis specialists. Most are orthopedic surgeon but some are neurosurgeons who do spines only.

    You need your spine evaluated by someone who deals with this each and every day. They know when you are in trouble and what is causing the pain. You may need far more than what your chiropractor is providing. You may have vertebrae hitting major nerves or even organs.

    Have you ever had a full spine MRI done?

    Check at the largest major medical center near to you(usually associated with a medical school) and ask of they have a scoliosis specialist. Doesn't mean you need surgery, just someone who really understands what is wrong to get you started in the right direction. Maybe you need PT or a brace or something minor to help you. You won't know until you find someone who really understands the spine.

    If you can't find a scoliosis specialist, then look for a Physiatrist. They are MD's who specialize in physical medicine...getting the skeleton and muscles to work correctly together. They usually work in rehab facilities for people with major muscle diseases or injuries(like broken necks).

    good luck.................Jenny

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