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Chronic pain in the back between shoulder blades. x-ray and MRI normal. Could it be due to fibromyalgia or degenerative muscle tissue?

I have cronick pain in about the middle of the back in between the shoulder blades and when i move my right shoulder it grinds and pops feels like it s grinding into my spine and the pain at times is unbearable , seems worse when i try to sleep at night feels like my shoulders are like squeezing against my spine and grinding away and it hurts so bad. I have had physical therapy sonar grams xrays ct scans mri s and they all seem to be normal or so my dr s are telling They are baffled first they said could be thiber myalga then said could be degenerative muscle or tissue now they say famtom pain My wife and i are worried as this has been on going for 3 years and the pain seems to increasung and all i get from the dr s is want to fill me up with pain meds
Asked On : Fri, 8 Jun 2012
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Dear SIR/Mam,
It is really frustrating when u suffer so much and none of the doctors that you visit is clearly able to explain you the cause of the pain. I will try my best to uncover some facts which should make you understand your symptoms better. Chronic dull type of pain between the shoulder blades is a classical symptom of Fibromyalgia syndrome. What most of the doctors forget to explain to the patients is that it also has a psychological component to it. It is very commonly seen in ppl who are always stressed up, always on the go and do a lot of overhead and lifting activites. Degenerative muscle can been made out on a MRI so if your MRI is normal you can rule it out. If you are doing all the activities that I have just explained then it requires you to take complete bed rest with probably some analgesics and local ointments and warmth. If this does not help then there are local anaesthetic injections that can be given to the involved regions. Any sort of meditation exercises will definitely help. Hope this has helped you.
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