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Pain in upper back and shoulder blades when sitting or lying in bed, shortness in breath. Menopause?

Hi, for the last 5 months ( almost everyday), I have been having pain in my upper back area, around the shoulder blades. It is mostly when I am sitting still or lying in bed. it consistantly moves around my upper back shoulder area. latetly I have been experiencing shortness in breath as well. I had my uterus removed almost 3 years ago. Could all this be due to menopouse? Thanks in advance.
Asked On : Wed, 19 Sep 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

I have studied your case with diligence.

At old age there can be degenerative wear of bones, muscles, ligament and facet joint arthritis, due to deficiency of calcium, vitamin D, VIT supplements of these nutrients can relieve pain.
Osteoporosis may be associated leading to diffuse pain in back.

Check your bone strength with DEXA SCAN and you can start medication according to level of osteoporosis,
I will advise you to do MRI spine to see for any disc bulge or spinal canal stenosis.
And also check your vit B12 and vit D3 level.

You need to start supplement of calcium with vitamin D, vit B12, and if osteoporosis is severe then bisphophonates can be started.

I will advise you to do regular physiotherapy and exercises as my patients find much relief by these therapies.
You may consult physiotherapist for guidance. He may start TENS, or ultrasound which is helpful in your case you need to take diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.

This can be due to menopouse.
Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.

Answered: Fri, 4 Apr 2014
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