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19 year old male. I occasionally get a burning sensation under my right shoulderblade. The pain can be felt sometimes when taking a deep breath. Also, sometimes a bit after meals the pain acts up with heartburn. I've also developed a sore throat, I don't believe is related. What I find is interesting is that I do not have difficulty swallowing, and the pain occurs after I eat rather than before. I've had a chest x-ray to rule out lung problems. I have also had bloodwork done that came back normal, and a CT scan that showed nothing irregular. I was thinking maybe it's a pinched nerve since my right side of my back is in pain when I stretch it sometimes. I haven't been losing weight, in fact I've been gaining weight

Does this sound like esophogeal cancer or something different?
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replied February 14th, 2008
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When do you get the most intensive burning sensation, after meal or when you are changing your posture?
Do you get frequent heartburns?
Can you noticed if the heartburn sensation is spreading between your shoulder blades?

An occasional cause of morning sore throat is regurgitation of stomach acids up into the back of the throat.
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replied February 14th, 2008
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You might want to consult with a physio-therapist. It might be a spasmism (Muscle that is in permanent spasm)...
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replied February 6th, 2009
Burning pain between shoulder blades.
I have burning in my back between my shoulder blades all day but especially after or while I am eating. I have lost over 20 lbs. and the Drs. think it's acid reflux. I also have some stomach pain and and knot in my chest. Under my breast bone is also painful. I have had ultrasound for gallstones, stress test for heart, and endoscopy of my stomach. All normal. Can anyone tell me what this could be and what are the symptoms of a bad pancreas?Please help.

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replied May 25th, 2009
Joanc
I'd love to hear if you finally got a definite diagnosis, as I have your exact symptoms, except I have not lost weight and do not have my gall bladder.
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replied May 25th, 2009
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i had the same problems an it was gallstones..went away for awhile after i had it removed but now its coming back an i cant burp right without taking zanax all the time..it helps me feel normal for alittle while but it always comes back an seems to be getting worse..
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replied May 30th, 2009
momjeeps,
I have not got a deffinite diagnosis since I last wrote. At the end of March I was scheduled for a CT scan but started to get better so I postponed the procedure. I stopped eating anything that I thought would make me hurt so I was living on lettuce and skim milk. After about 10 weeks and picking up some "bad" foods, the symptoms are coming back. I still don't know what to do except eat better. I'm still paying for all the tests I had before so I may wait awhile to get the CT scan. There is a blood test to check the pancreas so I think that will be my next step. Good luck finding your problem.
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replied May 30th, 2009
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Honey acid reflux can cause these problems..Have you tired Prilosec and tried sleeping with your head elevated? THere are some thingsthat can make acid relux worse..For me it's anything creasy including chocolate, if it has alot of oil then it will create problems for me..We're all different so you may want to do a diary to see if yuo can find the culprit.. have had to change my eating for many reasons and though it's not always fun it's a necessity.. Hope you get your answers..
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replied May 31st, 2009
I have been suffering with these same problems for about two years. It seems like I got acid reflux overnight. I mean one I was fine and then I started burning like crazy. I have been told that the pain under and between my shoulder blades is from acid reflux. The pain I feel is a very bad burning sensation that happens randomly. Since I have had this mess, I have already lost 70 lbs. Though I feel better health wise, I only wish that I could get rid of this mess.The medicine that works the best for me is protonix. I take two pills a day at 40mg a pop. Good luck to all of you. If you find a cure, please post it.
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replied July 31st, 2009
32 Male - 6'3" Athletic, 220 lbs.

I thought I was alone in this. I too have had the same symptoms. The pain begins on my upper right quadrant just beneath my shoulder blade, It feels like a dull burning pain. I compare it to someone pouring acid under my rib cage. The pain sometimes stays in that area or spreads across my back to the other should blade. Sometimes it radiates to the front and some slight pain in my jaw.

Here's what's been done.
CT Abdomen barium - a fatty liver and enlarged spleen. No stones or any other anomalies. Blood work was done to rule out any issues with the spleen. All normal so nothing further was done for the spleeen.

CT Chest - All normal except for a small (<3 mm) pulmonary noncalcified nodule in my upper right quadrant (same place where the pain is) I went to a specialist and he didnt think the pain was a result of this. Follow up in 6 months showed no growth. Waiting for a year to recheck.

Thoraci MRI - Wedge fracture at t9. Doctor concluded that this was the cause of pain but did not recommend anything for it. I have my doubts since it does not feel like what this might be but saw a specialist anyway. Rechecked and thought pain could be due to a pinched nerve stemming from T9. Have not followed up.

HIDA Scan - 33% ejection faction, consider abnormal, but still not enough to make me want to have my gallbladder removed. Decided to see a GI specialist.

Endoscopy - All fine except for some slight gastritis. GI doc cleared me on that end.

So here I am with my ongoing pain, which by all tests is thought to be a result of some spinal issues. It could be true, but the way the pain radiates and NCPNodule keeps me worried.

Hopefully this helps you guys, I wish I had an answer, but unfortunately I guess i'm in the same boat.

Good luck and please keep us all updated!!
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replied April 5th, 2010
I have had a burning feeling under my right shoulder blade as well. Still no word on what it is.

Doc had me on Prilosec for a month but it did nothing.

whats weird is it SEEMS like it flares up when i eat... but prilosec isnt fixing it.

they did say there was some minor calcification in/on the kidney when i had my xray.
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replied May 5th, 2010
burning sensation under left shoulder blade
i have experienced a burning sensation under my left shoulder blade and it has been happening more regularly. at first i thought it was because i have been doing a lot of gardening recently and bending over a lot, but now im not to sure. have any of you had a diagnosis yet.
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replied September 4th, 2010
Burning in Shoulder, then acid reflux
I have the same burning / dull ache that sits under my right shoulder blade pretty much 24 hours a day no matter what. I had this pain before for three months and then it went away. This time, I've had it for three weeks when BAM...severe acid reflux all of a sudden to accompany it for three days now. I rarely got heartburn in the past. I just got off of Prednisone, which helped the pain while I was on it but I think, contributed to the reflux.
I truly believe that this CRAP they give us makes things WORSE. They use us as guinea pigs and the mass tort lawyers rake it in when we die.
Judging from this board and MANY others, doctors don't know what's going on with anyone but are just throwing out medications meant for any old thing that they have stock in and wait for the results...drug companies too. My advice...we need to go to an acupuncturist. Good luck!
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replied January 13th, 2011
Shoulder Pain
Pain medications/drugs just cover up the symptoms and not corrects the problem. Be proactive and keep going to the doctor until you find the answer to what is wrong. Dont take medications if you can take the pain. It just prolongs the problem. Good luck everybody
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replied January 31st, 2011
hi i suffer from acid reflux,but have suffered from a lot of stress over the last 2 months,ive got aches and pains all over ie chest shoulders,left arm,doc puts it down to stress that has upset my reflux
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replied March 18th, 2011
Burning sensation under shoulder blades
I have Burning under my shoulder blades on both sides and closer in to the spinal area/spinal muscles..feels like it is running down the muscles that run along side my spine but only in the center. It is accompanied by a lot of burping and acidic feeling in my upper abdomen.

I've been told it could be gall bladder related
or a bacterial infection as I have been recently ill with the flu.

I am still going for testing but it is a really weird thing to have and I thank all of you for sharing...If I get a strong solution to this I will share it.

I can tell you this:
I have been on Klonopin/Clonazepam for 15 years
I drink only red wine every night a glass or two
I had McDonald's to eat a few days ago which triggered it.(I never eat this kind of food.)
Had the flu for a month

Perhaps some of us may share some of these similarities?
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replied April 13th, 2011
I have had right shoulder pain for about 4 years and the pain is steadly getting worse. Doctor sent me for an x-ray about two years ago but all was okay. For the past 8 months I have been suffering from severe heartburn which increases the pain in my right shoulder - pain radiates from under middle of ribs straight through to my right shoulder... feels like a hot rod going through my body! I now also suffer from an extended stomach which causes me a lot of discomfort and pain. I also have blood and protein in my urine and blood in my stools. Doctor is doing nothing... my last visit he handed me a form to complete to see if I was depressed?! Don't think they are taking me seriously which is frustrating. Therefore, if anybody out there has been diagnosed, it would be of great assistance.
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replied May 31st, 2011
i have had the same thing for over a year. It all started when i quit smoking using nicorette gum. doctor swears it is not an ulcer, no h. Pylori. Only thing that seems to help is pepcid ac. It occurs just after eatting all day long. I have tried everything from apple cider vinager, dgl licorice, probiotics, dairy-free diets, chiropractors, natural doctors, nothing really seems to help!! it hurts so bad sometimes
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replied October 7th, 2011
Pain in left shoulder blade
I have been suffering the same pain for about a year now. Pain under my left shoulder blade that sometimes radiates down my left arm and into my neck,giving me headache also.I have had tests for arthritis,they came back ok.I had my gall bladder out years ago.The pain is a constant dull ache but sometimes can hit me like a ton of bricks and I am unable to breathe,it's really scary. Chest x-ray came back ok.I have a LOT of weight to lose and the physio said that the weight of my chest could be pulling on it which I would understand.The pain can be worse if I have eaten a large meal.I also have IBS which I think was maybe caused by taking antidepressants for years.I take lansoprazole - if I didnt I would have constant heartburn.Unfortunately I have had a lot of stress at work which is not helping the pain,and I have just been signed off sick as I had a complete meltdown,it's all just geting too much.The pain scares me more than anything and now my nerves are shot,and I still dont know whats's causing it.Thanks for listening guys,hope answers can be found soom. x
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replied November 19th, 2011
Endscopy (GERD) must for shoulder blade pain
I have had this pinching and stabbing pain in between my shoulder blades and neck muscles for last 2 years almost everyday. After doing lot of research I found out GERD could be one of the cause. Anyways I got a complete MRI scan done to rule out any spine or any other physical issues and the results came out without any issues. So I got a endoscopy done for GERD and related problems. And there you go, problem found!

Endoscopy results found bacteria Helicobacter pylori. So my doctor prescribed me anti biotics and some other medicines for 14 days of treatment. And today is the 11th day of the treatment taking all this prescription and almost since the 3rd day I took it I have observed most of the shoulder blade and neck pain is gone. This is the first time in 2 years I haven't felt any pain between shoulder blades and neck nonstop for one week. So I highly recommend getting endoscopy done for GERD to rule out any related issues , especially if you have a history of heartburn, acid reflux or any other stomach related issues. Hope this helps.
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replied June 26th, 2012
Pain between shoulder blades too much acid
It might not be that you have too much acid but not enough hydrocoloric acid to digest your food. Try a betaine hydrocoloric and pepsin supplement. Then add in digestive aides. Good luck.
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