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Can a pinched nerve cause neck pain shoulder and shoulder blade pain? Or what are some different things it could be?

Can a pinched nerve cause neck pain shoulder and shoulder blade pain? Or what are some different things it could be?

MANY CONSIDERATIONS: A ruptured disc in neck, thoracic outlet syndrome, pectoralis minor syndrome, parsonage turner syndrome, all could be considered. Even carpal tunnel may refer pain upwards, but not usually into neck. Shoulder, neck, and blade pain may be seen with internal shoulder derangements, such as rotator cuff tear. With all these thoughts, see your physician and pin this down. Then treat it. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Left shoulder blade pain going into neck. Swollen lymph nodes. Pinched nerve?

Left shoulder blade pain going into neck. Swollen lymph nodes.  Pinched nerve?

Not a pinched nerve: Pinched nerve does not cause swollen lymph nodes. Need to see a doctor . Could be infection of other lymph node related condition. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in back cause shoulder blade pain and finger twitching, breast pain? Waiting for ultrasound results on breast.

Can a pinched nerve in  back cause shoulder blade pain and finger twitching, breast pain? Waiting for ultrasound results on breast.

Not from lumbar spin: No, pinched nerve in your lumbar spine cannot cause those. See what your breast ultrasound shows, and talk with your general surgeon/breast surgeon as to cause of your breast pain. Ensure it is not pain over your left chest as you may need to ensure there is no cardiac cause to this. Scapular pain and finger symptoms could be related to cervical spine pathology. See your doctor for examination. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in elbow cause pain in shoulder/shoulder blade area?

Can a pinched nerve in elbow cause pain in shoulder/shoulder blade area?

No: A pinched nerve around the elbow will only cause problems from the elbow down to the fingers. However, the same symptoms often represent a pinched nerve in the neck, which can feel like a pinched nerve in the elbow. Many of these resolve on their own. If it persists, you can get it examined to get a clearer answer. ...Read more

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Pain in neck shoulder blade pinched nerve, what is beneficial for it?

Pain in neck shoulder blade pinched nerve, what is beneficial for it?

Non-surgical : Non surgical treatment should always be considered when treating pinched nerves. As dr. Wilner points out, there are multiple modalities to trial. It sounds as if you may have a pinched nerve at c6-7 and an MRI of your cervical spine might be beneficial. ...Read more

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Pain-shoulder blade, neck and top of head on one side. Pinched nerve? Treatment?

disc problem: Depends on duration, but chronic pain in that pattern could be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck. A detailed physical and neuro exam, if neck movement or talking on the phone in that arm aggravates symptoms, it is consistent, an MRI might be useful, if it is affecting performance or function. Otherwise anti inflammatories, rest about the neck with cardio low impact exercise useful. ...Read more

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Pretty sure I have pinched nerve on my left shoulder blade. What's the treatment/healin time? No pain, but numbness can I still lift weight?

Pretty sure I have pinched nerve on my left shoulder blade. What's the treatment/healin time? No pain, but numbness can I still lift weight?

See a neurologist: Given the numbness, see a neurologist for a full evaluation. If you are found to have a local cervical nerve branch compression, conservative measures include massage, heat therapy, physical therapy, injections, etc. Lifting weights before resolving the issue could make things worse. http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/compressed-nerves ...Read more

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I have a constant pain in my inner right shoulder blade. Sometimes it's a burning sensation. Gets worse during stress. Is it a knot or pinched nerve?

I have a constant pain in my inner right shoulder blade. Sometimes it's a burning sensation. Gets worse during stress. Is it a knot or pinched nerve?

Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapular nerve, we also see many patients with occult shoulder pathology have referred pain to this area. Patients who are very flexible can also have occult shoulder instability refer pain to this area. Please consider seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Could the numbness I am feeling be caused by a pinched nerve? I am experiencing numbness on the left side of my chest, under left arm, and back. I have had a sharp pain for 3 weeks that goes from my shoulder blade through to my chest. I was sent to the

Arguably : Arguably the worst possible cause of severe pain felt in the shoulder blade and deep into the chest would be an uncommon condition called aortic dissection. Problems with the gallbladder and heart can also cause pain in the region of the shoulder or armpit (axilla). The spinal nerve corresponding to t2 also feels an area that involves the armpits and hoop-shaped strip of skin that runs across your chest above your nipples, through your armpits, and across your back at about the same level (it also involves part of the skin on the arm). After excluding things like dissection, heart problems, and gallbladder problems, a neurosurgeon may be helpful to get to a diagnosis and some relief. ...Read more

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I've had a pain behind my shoulder blade and a tingly numb pain going down my arm.I know I have a pinched nerve, and elevated cholesterol. Heart attack?

I've had a pain behind my shoulder blade and a tingly numb pain going down my arm.I know I have a pinched nerve, and elevated cholesterol. Heart attack?

Probably not: At your age a heart attack is generally unlikely especially if you have another explanation for your symptoms (pinched nerve) but either way you should see your doctor to sort it out and maybe a neurologist if it turns out to be nerve pain. ...Read more

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Pinched Nerve (Definition)

Medical one but it is interpeted to mean that there is a spinal nerve being compressed by a disc heniation usually but could also be from other causes like a degenerative ...Read more


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