November 23, 2008
    Upper back pain between shoulder blades that radiates to chest?
    November 23, 2008

    I have been experiencing back pain between my shoulder blades that goes through to my chest. The pain is like an ache that causes my entire left arm to ache, and it also radiates to my left armpit. Any ideas what could be causing this? I have been under a doctor's care, but she can't seem to find anything wrong with me.



  • Amy Tudor
    July 05, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    July 05, 2014

    Hi CJB - 


    I'm sorry you're going through this pain. It's hard to know from your symptoms what it could be, so a doctor is going to be your best bet for diagnosing the problem. Any chest pain should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible, since it can be a sign of a cardiac problem like a heart attack. Other possibilities include a pinched nerve, a disc problem in your back, or some other kind of back issue. Again, a doctor will be able to tell you with certainty what's causing your pain.

    In the meantime, here are some links you might find helpful:

    10 Chronic Pain Myths

    Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

    Chest Pain (overview)


    Best of luck to you!


  • anna November 24, 2008
    November 24, 2008

    Hi CJB,  I'm a girl about your age,  and I can tell the exact same story.  My pain keeps moving around.  Sometimes it hurts all over.  After exausting all test my doctor said  I have Fibromyalgia.  Of course I don't know if this is what you have,  but maybe you should check it out.  There is a lot of good info. on Fibromyalgia here on this site.  Good Luck and Happy Thanksgiving

  • jamiemsjones June 15, 2016
    June 15, 2016
    Hi CJB, I was wondering if you ever received a diagnosis from your doctor? I have had similar pains most my life and have had what seems like every test in existence done. The only diagnosis I have is thoracic outlet syndrome based off of symptoms. Please let me know. Thank you Jamie READ MORE
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