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Are there medical conditions that cause numbness and tingling in the upper back between shoulder blades?

Are there medical conditions that cause numbness and tingling in the upper back between shoulder blades?

Numb: We worry about "thoracic outlet syndrome" but the person to best help is an orthopedic doctor. You might need an EMG by a neurologist as well. Start with the orthopedic doctor first. If you are displease with their plans, seek a neurologist. ...Read more

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Xray of shoulder shows nothing abnormal but i have burning in upper back between shoulder blades and random right arm tingling and numbness...whats up?

Xray of shoulder shows nothing abnormal but i have burning in upper back between shoulder blades and random right arm tingling and numbness...whats up?

Trigger point?: Pain between the shoulder blades and arm tingling is often a pinched nerve, a trigger point or a muscle strain. Rarely something serious like heart or aorta problems can do this. A careful history and physical exam can usually clarify the issue. While rare, sometimes you need a CT or MRI to rule out more serious problems. ...Read more

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My upper back betweeny shoulder blades hurts bad. Its a constant numb/burning pain. My neck hurts. And my ribs hurt on the bottom of both sides and my?

My upper back betweeny shoulder blades hurts bad. Its a constant numb/burning pain. My neck hurts. And my ribs hurt on the bottom of both sides and my?

Rheumatoid Disorder: At your age of 22, if you do not have a history of spine trauma or repetitive stress to the area, it sounds like you may have a rheumatolgical disorder. The typical ones at your age may be scheuermann's disease, ankylosing spondilitis or even diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. Either way to be really sure you may want to see a rheumatologist if your primary doc hasnt figured it out yet. ...Read more

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What can I do for right side upper back pain + shoulder numbness that goes down to my fingers?

What can I do for right side upper back pain + shoulder numbness that goes down to my fingers?

Cervical disdisease : Cervical disc disease manifests as pain in the shoulder and then radiates down toward the hand. Other signs are weakness in the fingers and the arm. Treatment is usually a trial of nsaids and physical therapy. To make the definitive diagnosis, an MRI and emg/ncv will identify the source of the problem. ...Read more

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I've had pain in my left shoulder/upper back for 3 weeks. Also, pain in my left upper arm, with some tingling/numbness. Massage helped some. Ideas?

I've had pain in my left shoulder/upper back for 3 weeks. Also, pain in my left upper arm, with some tingling/numbness. Massage helped some.  Ideas?

Could be your neck: Have your doctor check you for neck problems which can press on the nerves going to the shoulder and arm. It could also be coming from a muscle spasm in he upper shoulder. ...Read more

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C 5 disc herniated. It mainly effected my right upper back, shoulder, and arm. it suddenly worsened. both sides effected, arms numb hurts to breath,?

C 5 disc herniated. It mainly effected my right upper back, shoulder, and arm. it suddenly worsened. both sides effected, arms numb hurts to breath,?

Time for am MRI: This is called "progression of disease" and is common but hurting to breath is unusual unless the breathing caused neck pain and it's really movement that causes the pain. True numbness is unusual; is it "pins and needles" that you feel in your arms or are you truly unable to feel anything in your arms? True loss of sensation represents injury to the central spinal cord. See doc ASAP. ...Read more

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Muscle pain in my upper back/shoulder got worse. I couldnt move. Most painful when i look up. Fingers numb. What muscle is it. Meds not helping. Help!

Muscle pain in my upper back/shoulder got worse. I couldnt move. Most painful when i look up. Fingers numb. What muscle is it. Meds not helping. Help!

Possible pinched ner: Sounds like you may have a pinched nerve in your neck that is causing pain and numbness in your arm. With that condition, looking up will often worsen the symptoms. Try a cervical pillow, heat, and non-steroidals. If not improving, see your physician. You may need neck x-rays or an mri. Most people improve with time but some need surgery. ...Read more

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Can tight muscles or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder or upper back cause pain down arms or tingly numb feeling arms?

Possibly: Anatomically the arms receive their control of sensation from the neck. Nerves that are irritated at the level of the neck often only result in pain traveling into one arm and not both. Given your age, it would be unlikely that there is significant degeneration to cause symptoms in both arms. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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Have numb big left toe knee hip back shoulder pain twitch shaking spasm in riggt side right ribcage left lower leg. 39 fatigue vertigo upperback pain?

Have numb big left toe knee hip back shoulder pain twitch shaking spasm in riggt side right ribcage left lower leg. 39 fatigue vertigo upperback pain?

Neurologist: Sounds like your symptoms will require more work up with a specialist like a neurologist. If you are having more numbness and vertigo its best to get urgently checked at the emergency room. ...Read more

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Numbness in left shoulder blade ,for a fees days now , should I be worried ?

Shoulder numbness: This could be anything from a pinched nerve to a sign of a heart problem, so it won't be possible to give you advice online. If the numbness is a new sign with no reasonable explanation like an injury, call or e-mail your regular doctor to discuss it. Your history of other health conditions, surgeries, etc. is important to determine what might be going on. ...Read more

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Numbness in left shoulder blade for a few days now , should I be concerned ?

Numbness in left shoulder blade for a few days now , should I be concerned ?

Assess if persists: LIkely parascapular pinched nerve, due to muscle inflamation. Seen if you work out a bit. Spine pain, progress in symptoms, poor response to Ibuprofen, may need assessment. Warm compresses could be tried. ...Read more

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Sudden poking feeling in my back when I stretch and localized numbness started a few days ago. It feels like a needle poking my shoulder blade.

Sudden poking feeling in my back when I stretch and localized numbness started a few days ago. It feels like a needle poking my shoulder blade.

Nerve impingement?: you may have a nerve impingement. See a doc to help discover the cause of your pain. You could even have an early case of shingles. Be ware for arrival of fluid filled lumps. Happy healing!!! ...Read more

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My shoulders tacoed inward causing extreme pain, numbness, and tingling. My back between the shoulder blades is the same story.

My shoulders tacoed inward causing extreme pain, numbness, and tingling. My back between the shoulder blades is the same story.

Muscular pain: Tension myositis or simple muscle tightness/cramping most likely. See primary care doc. If not happy, may need cervical spine MRI to rule out an underlying spine condition. Heat applcations, massage, and isometric muscle strengthening may ameliorate the symptoms. ...Read more

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I was in a accident wher a car back ended me .I now a have pain into neck numbness under my left shoulder blade . What could be wrong?

I was in a accident wher a car back ended me .I now a have pain into neck numbness under my left shoulder blade . What could be wrong?

Go to an ER: I don't know how long ago you were in the accident, but you should go to an er asap to see if you have a neck or spine injury. I assume you can move around some; however, you should be checked out to make sure any potential injuries do not get worse. ...Read more

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What causes numbness in thumb and index fingers and in the blade of left back shoulder?

What causes numbness in thumb and index fingers and in the blade of left back shoulder?

Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle weakness and pain, finger numbness, etc. Prevention treatment is always recommended. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more