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A 37-year-old female asked:

After sleeping 6 hours, i get stabbing pain between my shoulder blades along my spine. inhaling causes rib cage pain (not sick). is my ms a factor?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Shoulder pain: Ms may be a factor, but more likely muscle strain. Also consider sprain or referred nerve root/dorsal nerve irritation.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Possibilities: Most likely answer involves degenerative disc disease or spondylosis affecting thoracic spine, and even cervical spine. A Lhermitte's phenomenon affecting spinal cord in neck could be occurring, but usually pattern is different. MS pts encounter pain at least 90% frequency, and would be worthwhile to explore with your neurologist.

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Last updated Nov 7, 2014

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