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Suggest treatment for severe burning sensation around left shoulder blade after injury

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Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015
Question: yes i have a friend that was in an accident and crushed all ribs but one on his left side.. he has such horrific burning pain right under his left shoulder blade and it is constant and he did have to have the left lung drained and then it collapsed so the burning goes to warm to on fire and we can't figure out why that is going on with the back shoulder blade
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
neuralgia

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The burning pain is likely neuralgia which is nerve related pain.

This would be due to peripheral neuropathy which refers to abnormal sensations/function due to a change in structure or function of the nerves.

Trauma is one of the possible causes. Other causes are vitamin b12 or folate deficiency, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease etc

Trauma is a cause because of possible compression of a nerve or break in some aspect of the nerve (may be incomplete or complete break).
Nerves are present in every aspect of the body, they are responsible for sensation and also play a part in movement.
They transmit sensation to different areas

Because he had a severe car accident with trauma to the left side of his chest, it is likely that one of the nerves in this area was affected.

There are medications that can help with nerve related pain eg amitriptyline, tegretol, lyrica, gabapentin
Though these are antidepressants or anti seizure medications, they are also useful in persons who do not have depression or seizures but have nerve related or in some cases, chronic pain.

He can try one of these to see if it helps

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Suggest treatment for severe burning sensation around left shoulder blade after injury

Brief Answer: neuralgia Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic The burning pain is likely neuralgia which is nerve related pain. This would be due to peripheral neuropathy which refers to abnormal sensations/function due to a change in structure or function of the nerves. Trauma is one of the possible causes. Other causes are vitamin b12 or folate deficiency, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease etc Trauma is a cause because of possible compression of a nerve or break in some aspect of the nerve (may be incomplete or complete break). Nerves are present in every aspect of the body, they are responsible for sensation and also play a part in movement. They transmit sensation to different areas Because he had a severe car accident with trauma to the left side of his chest, it is likely that one of the nerves in this area was affected. There are medications that can help with nerve related pain eg amitriptyline, tegretol, lyrica, gabapentin Though these are antidepressants or anti seizure medications, they are also useful in persons who do not have depression or seizures but have nerve related or in some cases, chronic pain. He can try one of these to see if it helps I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions