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Old 10-24-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Question SEVERE Scaupular Pain/Tingling


I actually feel as though I have exhausted my options in getting well. I have had 10+ years of constant discomfort/pain/tingling in my left scapula. The sensations have caused me to have severe muscular pain in my neck and upper back. I have seen at least 3 chiropractors a year, in addition to bone and joint specialists. I have had MRI's and X-Rays done. Nothing. I have had no injury to this area. I have had no surgery done. I now sleep with my left arm raised above my head as that gives me a bit of relief. In addition to raising my arm, I also receive a bit of relief by doing maneuvers that "raise" my scapula... I get a cooling sensation when I do these movements. I have had doctors tell me I have a lymphatic drainage issue, to a stress issue, to something about my neck being offset, to it's all in my head.

Really, when this pain started my Mom thought it was just growing pains. I was 15/16 years old, and athletic. Made sense. But when this didn't go away when I turned 19...I knew it wasn't. I'm sick of putting doctors children through college in an attempt to get well. Fact: living in pain every day is very wearing on ones patience.

I hope that someone can point me in the right direction... or at least give me some new thoughts! If you have any questions, please ask...

Thank you!!

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:24 PM   #2
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Re: SEVERE Scaupular Pain/Tingling

Did you have a MRI of your upper spine? Do you have any reason to think this is related to your spine?

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Re: SEVERE Scaupular Pain/Tingling

CeCe- Welcome!

Has any doctor mentioned Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? Some nerves that supply the scapula area can become trapped in the area between the ribs and collar bone ([I]the thoracic outlet[/I]). This can happen in teenagers who carry heavy backpacks.

I know the pain you are talking about. Although mine wasn't TOS, I had a similar situation years ago. Intense chronic pain in my left scapula region, pins and needles sensation, muscle atrophy, etc. It took 3 years of non-stop doctors, tests and therapies. Fin***y diagnosed with a nerve entrapment in my neck. My anterior and medial scalenes were compressing a nerve that goes to muscles across top of shoulder and down into the scapula area.

Diagnosis was made by nerve conduction tests, EMG and a nerve block injection. I would suggest you see a Physical Rehabiltation doctor (Physiatrist) if you haven't already. They can be the great at solving a mystery. I was diagnosed by a neurosurgeon and the physiatrist did most of the testing to confirm. Ultimately I had surgery to decompress the [I]Dorsal Scapular Nerve[/I]. Woke from surgery pain free.

My injury/problem was the result of a car accident, but it can be caused by different types of strain on the neck - even carrying a heavy shoulder bag.

I read your post and thought I would throw in my two cents worth. I hope this gives you a new avenue to pursue. I remember the pain was relentless...

Best Wishes and Good Luck. Hope you find an answer & relief soon.

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