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Excruciated pain near shoulder blade (rhomboid?)

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  • Excruciated pain near shoulder blade (rhomboid?)

    When I turn my head to the right or lift my right arm in a certain way, there is a tremendous shot of pain between my right shoulder blade and my (fused) spine. This has been going on for a week. I've had massage. There has been no improvement. I made an appointment for PT next week.
    Any guesses about what is going on?
    I do a lot of physical work around my house. I am T7 complete with much of my spine fused.
    Last edited by pararich; 04-16-2015, 09:59 PM. Reason: to clarify

  • #2
    Could be a multitude of things any injury recently? I would suggest an appointment with an orthopaedist before you see the pt as pt may worsen things if there is something wrong with the joint or a tear somewhere.
    T6 Incomplete due to a Spinal cord infarction July 2009


    • #3
      Agree with Smashms. You need to see a doctor and have imaging studies before starting any kind of therapy.
      MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions


      • #4
        Need to xoray shoulder, and uppder back. Your PCP should be able to start with evaluation and xrays.
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


        • #5
          Xrays were taken. Only showed arthritis. Been to one session of PT. They used ultrasound, massage. Showed me 2 stretches to do. Eventually will show me how to strengthen the muscles.
          When I was trying to get out of bed yesterday, it flared up. Got very angry- kind of violently powered through the pain and got out of bed.
          I have a lot to do since I live alone in my own house. I'm already disabled. Do I have to be more disabled?
          Hopefully the PT will help.

          Thanks for encouraging me to seek help.


          • #6
            Sounds like it is above your fusion. Consider steroid facet injectiion above your fusion. They are taking a beating...


            • #7
              Arndog, They really are taking a beating. At least I'm active.
              Thanks for the suggestion.