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Monday, October 04, 2010 Shane T., Community Member, asks

Q: Sometimes I get a sudden pain intense pain in my shoulder blade area. It feels like a really bad muscle cramp and my hands go tingly and numb. It just randomly seems to happen and then go away.

This doesn't happen very often, but I would guess at least once a month. It's kind of hard to explain the feeling. It doesn't feel like a pulled muscle as I've felt what a pulled hamstring and calf felt like. It feels kind of deep and to the side of my spine and level with my shoulder. It's not always on the same side, but I'd say it's in the same location every time (left or right), but just 1 side at a time. I'd also like to mention I had heart surgery when I was a baby, if I remember correctly it was to fix a valve. I have a scar on my back that runs along my shoulder blade (never realized they did heart surgery from the back too).

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10/ 4/10 5:37pm

Hi Shane,


This may or may not be related to your heart surgery and the scar. It may be a pinched nerve that can be corrected with a chiropractic adjustment. I recommend consulting with your physician to identify the cause and any appropriate referrals for treatment.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD
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By Shane T., Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 10/04/10