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What causes pain and burning sensation in shoulder blades?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: Was lying in bed with my daughter she had a coughing fit I turn to my right I hear a crunch in my shoulder blade and having pain burning on and out today it is bad what is it it is in the middle of shoulder blade and under my arm
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Probably a contusion..Take tylenol and Ibuprofen!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this pain that you have reported. You most likely traumatized a soft tissue(ligament/tendon/etc) at this area and that's the reason of the pains. I will not want to imagine it is a significant lesion that will call for measures beyond pain control. For now, I will recommend that you get Tylenol and Ibuprofen for pain relief. Also, rest this shoulder for now. If this fails to control the pains within a week or it becomes severe, I will suggest that you get the shoulder examined by your treating physician or an orthopedist!

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (2 hours later)
Hi it has been about five months have been to the doctor does it take a long time for tendion and muscles to heal thank you I am a foster mum so I do lift a young baby
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
I will say get an MRI!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

5months is a long time and the exact cause needs to be established. I will suggest that you get an MRI to evaluate this shoulder looker for any possible tears that may explain your symptoms. It will not want any further pain control as this clearly suggest that there is an underlying problem which needs to be sorted out.

I wish you well and keep me posted about this. The best doctor to see is an orthopedic surgeon.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes pain and burning sensation in shoulder blades?

Brief Answer: Probably a contusion..Take tylenol and Ibuprofen! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this pain that you have reported. You most likely traumatized a soft tissue(ligament/tendon/etc) at this area and that's the reason of the pains. I will not want to imagine it is a significant lesion that will call for measures beyond pain control. For now, I will recommend that you get Tylenol and Ibuprofen for pain relief. Also, rest this shoulder for now. If this fails to control the pains within a week or it becomes severe, I will suggest that you get the shoulder examined by your treating physician or an orthopedist! I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.