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Hi sir, I have severe pain in shoulder blades and neck, X-rays revealed straightening of C spine, Marginal Osteophyte in CV5, Marginal lipping at CV6?

Hi sir, I have severe pain in shoulder blades and neck, X-rays revealed straightening of C spine, Marginal Osteophyte in CV5, Marginal lipping at CV6?

Pain: Be careful of treating x Rays only. I need a good physical exam to determine possible pain generators and conservative treatment probably also need thoracic xray with pain around shoulder blades ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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Sudden sharp pain left shoulder blade and neck today, getting much worse can't hold head up properly due to neck/back pain. Temp 35.4?

Sudden sharp pain left shoulder blade and neck today, getting much worse can't hold head up properly due to neck/back pain. Temp 35.4?

Need a full exam: These symptoms are indeed concerning as neck and back pain with a low temperature can be due to many issues. I would see a doctor face to face to examine your chest, neck and back to determine what is causing this finding. Good luck. ...Read more

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My labrum is torn 10 to 5 oclock. pain in shoulder blade area, around neck and at joints of collarbone. I am 64. shoulder unstable. do I need surgery?

My labrum is torn  10 to 5 oclock. pain in shoulder blade area, around neck and at joints of collarbone. I am 64. shoulder unstable. do I need surgery?

Yes if unstable: The neck and shoulder blade pain can be a sign of lower cervical disk disease. The pain you are describing may be a combination of more than one problem. A torn labrum does not always require surgery. If the shoulder is unstable then you will require surgery to control the pain and prevent further shoulder joint damage. If the tear was due to trauma it is also more likely to require surgery. ...Read more

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I'm a smoker for 15 years I'm 30 years old I have upper back pain on my shoulder blades and neck pain can it be lung cancer ?

I'm a smoker for 15 years I'm 30 years old I have upper back pain on my shoulder blades and neck pain can it be lung cancer ?

Sounds muscular, but: I would still see your PCP to discuss cancer screening possibilities, have a full physical, and discuss smoking cessation options. The sooner you quit, the lower your chances of cancer, and the more likely your lungs will return to pre-smoking health! Good luck ...Read more

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Was woken up with sharp pain in right shoulder blade and neck. What could cause something like this? (haven't been in any accidents)

Was woken up with sharp pain in right shoulder blade and neck. What could cause something like this? (haven't been in any accidents)

It can be one of : Several possibilities ranging from: muscular, cervical disc origin, shoulder issue, even gi, respiratory and cardiac etiology. If it does not resolve or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more

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26 y/o female with constant pain/tightness between shoulder blades & neck. Heat/ice/massage helps only temporarily. What could be the cause?

26 y/o female with constant pain/tightness between shoulder blades & neck. Heat/ice/massage helps only temporarily. What could be the cause?

Posture: while,there are other causes, posture with head forward position is a common cause in young women, especially if,she has large breasts, and rounds shoulders to hide it. See your PMR or ortho doc to evaluate posture, image your neck, and help you get exercises or other treatments to help resolve the problem ...Read more

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Can trigger points in levator scapulae cause burning pain between shoulder blades and lower neck ?

Can trigger points in levator scapulae cause burning pain between shoulder blades and lower neck ?

Yes: It is possible. If it does not resolve with your doctor;'s advice, stretching, massage and trigger point injections, consider further evaluation of the neck and mid back regions. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain between shoulder blades when moving neck. What do you recommend?

Having upper back pain between shoulder blades when moving neck. What do you recommend?

Neck and back pain: The neck and back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... It sounds like you have neck pain radiating to upper back area. If your pain persists, you should seek help from a pain management doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain between shoulder blades when moving neck. What do you recommend?

Pain: If you have previously seen a bone specialist that is where you should go. The alternative is for you to first see you primary doctor about back pain. The doctor could send you immediately to the Radiology area and see if there are problems with your neck and back. Hope all goes welll - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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What causes pain in right shoulder blade, neck, and above right ear?

What causes pain in right shoulder blade, neck, and above right ear?

Neck Pain: This can be caused by a number of different conditions. The most common would likely be pain from the cervical spine. ...Read more