Pain between spine and shoulderblade

Newly diagnosed so learning. I have bad pains stabbing between spine and shoulderblade. Suddenly ramped up not worsened by movements. Is this usual for it to worsen suddenly for no reasons. How is it it can br so bad at rest. Havevhad it in this place for months on and off but suddenly so bad even hurts to take deep breath. Have had recent cts etc from chest to abdo all clear. Help please feel scared

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  • Hello bourne, when mine flairs up like this I have a power shower and I get under it with needle speed water pounding on the areas I hurt, it does help I find all aquatic therpaies are very helpful I have hydrothera[y every week |I would go twice if they could accomodate me, I sleep well after a session and find myself more agile for a day or 2.

  • Hi Caz, would you mind telling me do you get the hyrotherapy on NHS or do you pay privately. I've been researching it as I've got an appt with my physio Thurs and I wanted to ask about it. The exercises she has given me just aren't working as they hurt too much so puts me off doing them. Thanks x

  • I get it thru NHS referred for it via physio and Rhematologist ask g.p to write to your rheumo doc to be listed for some sessions.. good luck I love it!

  • Excellent, will do - Cheers x

  • Hi Ramjets, sorry to hijack this post. Have a look at your local swimming pool for low impact sessions. I don't know how old you are but I have found over 50s sessions where you can use your own exercises and gentle swimming good.

    My physio would not put me forward for hydro as she said 6 sessions would not be enough to make much impact on a chronic condition where the exercises need to be done regularly and for a longer time.


  • Thanks bluebell - I'm not quite in the over 50s category yet. A physio has mentioned hydro-therapy to me in the past but because I was also suffering from a frozen shoulder she said I'd have difficulty getting in and out of the pool. However my shoulder's improved a bit so I was hoping they would now refer me. Even if I just get 6 sessions I could maybe take what they do and translate it into something I could then do myself in a local pool? Cheers x

  • Hi That is where I get most of my pain it varies in how bad over doing things seem to make it worse Feels like someone has a knife in my back at times

    Pacing things is a good bit of advice but if like me your used to working like you are invincible its easier said than done

  • You sound like me!! I'm new to the group too and I feel like I'm going mad, hot water bottles against the pain help me the most and baths. There's no reason for my flare ups either and it's only ok when I'm stood up! Xx

  • Hi I have costo chondritis like many here, but mine is usually from my spine and around the right side. Like you it flares up from time to time and even lying down and sitting up is a struggle.

    You could try anti inflammatory cream or a hot water bottle to give some relief.

    However, if the pain gets so bad you cannot move, you have a fever or rash, then please go to A&E asap.


  • I can totally sympathise propped up on the bed on a triangular cushion trying not to move or take any deep breaths. It can be caused by various things but fibro has its own wicked ways as so sometimes you don't have to have done anything physical to start it. Mine is the helped as I do have some degeneration of the spine, nothing they can do, so the nerves get inflamed.

    As caz-54 says hydrothereapy can help as can a hot shower or if you have a bath have a good soak in warm water with several handfuls of Epsom salts in, bliss.

    If your GP is willing to prescribe them I have found Lidocaine 5% pain patches can bring it down a notch or two.

    The worse things to do is to try and work through it as it just makes the pain worse.

    Some exercises that the physio gives you can make this particular pain worse as I found. I have stuck with the gentler ones and they have definately helped my mobility but I found the more intensive ones just exaberated the problem.x

  • Hi there , this is where I get most of my pain, I use heat on the area to sooth it and also do stretches given by the physio, although they can hurt when I first do the stretches it's worth persisting as I get relief after as they really loosen up the area. I also use a tens machine, this helps too. I find stress makes it much worse as it tenses up the muscles, slow deep breathing really helps as it slows you down and stretches the area out. Hope you get some relief soon. X

  • Hi there

    I can see that you have had lots of help and advice.

    The one thing I would add is that stress in any shape or form can send you into a flare without warning at all.

    During a flare all your usual symptoms will be heightened. Flares can go on for day, weeks or months.

    This could be the reason why you suddenly have the pain.

    Wishing you much peace

    Lu xx

  • Hi bourne62

    I am so genuinely sorry to read this my friend and I sincerely hope that your pain eases soon for you. I was wondering if you have seen a Rheumatologist about your Fibro? As they may be able to help with referrals and alterations to your medications and write to your GP about them?

    I have pasted you an excerpt below from the *spinepain website cache on this issue, as this could be what is happening for you:

    *Pain may manifest as a Muscle Trigger Point. A trigger point is basically a muscle knot. These trigger points in one of the upper back muscles, especially the levator scapulae. ... Compression of a Nerve in the neck can also cause pain between the shoulder blades.

    If this persists or gets any worse I would go back to your doctor and make them aware of this situation and get other medical conditions ruled out of the equation. I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • I suffer from this too. Costochondritis. Stress makes it worse. Heat pad help me. Good luck.

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