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Burning pain in Scapula

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A couple years ago I fell going down some steps and did not let go of the handrail. I went to the ER and x-ray show nothing. Pain was coming from lower portion of scapula. They sent me to physical therapy for several weeks. It did not help as I was still having pain. I have lupus and Inclusion Body Myositis. When seeing my Rheumatologist the next time, I mentioned problem with shoulder, he sent me to an Orthopaedist who sent me for PT, again did not help. I took it upon myself to try accupuncture, did not help, chiropractor, did not help, massage therapy, did not help.
I went back to the Ortho, a few weeks ago and explained that the pain had been ongoing for a couple years. She sent me to have MRI - it showed nothing. She has put me on Ultram ER 200 mg daily, it helps some, but I still have some pain.
The only time pain goes away is when I sit down with ice pack, but I have to much to do to sit around all day with ice pack. The pain is in my lower right scapula and goes around rib cage to under arm. It is a burning pain. HELP
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First Helper debralj
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replied June 30th, 2008
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Hello Debralj,

Welcome to the forum!!

Sorry to read about your unfortunate fall and the resulting pain you have experienced.

You have REALLY tried to find the answer and find a way to eliminate the pain with various techniques. It hurt to read that nothing has really helped at this time.

Debra, may I suggest that you seek out the very best spinal surgeon/neurosurgeon who you can find in your area. Make an appointment to see the two at the top of your list. I really believe you need to have the advice of a truly spinal specialist. In my opinion spinal surgeons/neurosurgeons are the most knowledgeable. AND you want the BEST you can find for yourself.

I wish you the best. Do let us know how things go.

Take care.

RichT
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replied June 30th, 2008
THANK YOU for the suggestion. I had wondered about a neuro, but had assumed the ortho would have suggested that. I will now have to make an appt with either my gp or rheumy to get in to see a neuro.

THANKS again....I will keep you informed as to what happens.
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replied June 30th, 2008
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Hello Debra,

You have learned a most important lesson. Never assume anything.

Is there any way you can just make an appontment with a neurosurgeon directly rather than going though the other doctors. In my opinion far better for you to decide which specialist you want to see, rather than your GP just sending you to one.
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replied July 1st, 2008
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I have the same thing. Especially when I set at the computer to long. Burn! Mine is in th rear shoulder and neck area. I'm not sure if posture has anything to do with it. But, when I feel it coming, I log off and rest for and hour or so. Mine almost sound like mucsle and ligement pain. Ever since I fell and broke my back last Christmas hanging lights inside. Won't do that again. Just call me cement girl. LOL
I did have a mild compression facture back in 1985 when my car was at a full stop and someone rear ended me going 45 mph and pushed me into the outside line. OMG! I could have been hit twice by another oncoming care. I was very lucky to come out of it that easy.
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