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What causes knot between shoulder blades and numbness around underarm?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: It started out a few days ago as a knot between my shoulder blades with a tingling-numbness wrapping around to the underarm and to the underside of my right chest.
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Considerations

Detailed Answer:
Hello & thank you for submitting your question.

The symptoms you describe are concerning and raise a few major things to consider. Since the symptoms have been present for a few days and seem to partially respond to anti-inflammatory medicine, you may be dealing with a musculo-skeletal issue or even a pinched nerve.

Also, numbness and tingling in a "wrapping" distribution is always concerning for shingles infection. Finally, anything cardiac or pulmonary related must be excluded, which will require a detailed physical examination and possible adjunct studies.

It would be very reasonable to see your physician for a physical examination and overall evaluation. If the symptoms are made worse with physical activity or if you experience any shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, sweating, chest pain or palpitations/fluttering/irregular heart beat, please report to an emergency department immediately for evaluation.

In summary:

- The symptoms you've described are concerning for being caused by musculoskeletal, infectious (=shingles), cardiac, or pulmonary reasons.
- It would be reasonable to see a physician for a physical examination and full evaluation of potential causes.

Sincerely
Dr Galamaga
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What causes knot between shoulder blades and numbness around underarm?

Brief Answer: Considerations Detailed Answer: Hello & thank you for submitting your question. The symptoms you describe are concerning and raise a few major things to consider. Since the symptoms have been present for a few days and seem to partially respond to anti-inflammatory medicine, you may be dealing with a musculo-skeletal issue or even a pinched nerve. Also, numbness and tingling in a "wrapping" distribution is always concerning for shingles infection. Finally, anything cardiac or pulmonary related must be excluded, which will require a detailed physical examination and possible adjunct studies. It would be very reasonable to see your physician for a physical examination and overall evaluation. If the symptoms are made worse with physical activity or if you experience any shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, sweating, chest pain or palpitations/fluttering/irregular heart beat, please report to an emergency department immediately for evaluation. In summary: - The symptoms you've described are concerning for being caused by musculoskeletal, infectious (=shingles), cardiac, or pulmonary reasons. - It would be reasonable to see a physician for a physical examination and full evaluation of potential causes. Sincerely Dr Galamaga