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Pain in both shoulder blades radiating down the arms, weakness. X ray normal. Reasons ?

For the past 4 years I have had pain in both shoulder blades intermittently. It is mostly in my left shoulder blade and causes pain to radiate down my arm all the way to my hand thus causing weakness. The episodes can go on for several weeks and then I can go several weeks or months with no problems. The pain also will appear briefly in my right shoulder blade and arm during these episodes but only for a few minutes at the time. I am a 35 years old and a smoker. A year ago it was so bad that I went to an orthopedic and they did a chest X-ray and also an X-ray of my spine which were both fine. He stated it was a pinched nerve and gave me anti-inflammatories to take. After a few weeks it went away and since appeared sporadically as I have stated above. I do find it odd that it is predominantly on the left side and occasionally on the right during these episodes. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. I am beginning to get concerned somewhat that this keeps happening ever so often and it is the same each time.
Asked On : Sun, 9 Sep 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
The symptoms you are having could be due to a frozen shoulder or a rotator cuff tendonitis. An MRI of the affected shoulder joint will help[ in exact diagnosis. Meanwhile doing hot fomentation and pain killers will help in symptomatic relief.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Thu, 13 Sep 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
hello sbarrentine

Thanks for posting your query

You might be suffering from cervical spondylitis.

Radiation in your arms & weakness in your hand may be due to pressure over nerve roots.

You have to do a X-ray cervical spine to see the arthritic changes.

You needs to avoid pillows & do cervical isometric exercises.

Answered: Thu, 13 Sep 2012
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Acupressure Specialist Dr. A.K.Sangal,M.D (Acu.&Mag.)'s  Response
Magnetotherapy treat ment;
1 place south pole of med. power magnetto both paining shoulder twice a day for 10 days.
2. massage with oil charged with south pole of magnets.
3. drink water charged with both poles.
4. you may also press shoulder pointin your palm n feet to reduce pain.
Answered: Thu, 13 Sep 2012
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