What Causes Shoulder Blade Pain?
There are many theories about what causes shoulder blade pain. Some say it’s due to a tight or weak muscle around the upper arm bone (the humeral head). Others think it’s caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. Still others believe that it’s caused by some other problem with your spine such as arthritis, cancer, or even diabetes. There are no certain answers to these questions.
Some doctors have suggested that there could be something wrong with the nerves which run from the brain down into your shoulder joint. If they’re not working properly, then you may experience pain when you move your arm up and down. So if you’ve ever had any sort of numbness or tingling feeling in your arm while doing simple tasks like typing on a computer keyboard, this could be one possible cause of shoulder blade pain.
Other Doctors have suggested that it might be related to your body’s reaction to certain medications. For example, some antidepressants can cause numbness or tingling sensations in the arm muscles. These drugs are sometimes prescribed for depression and anxiety disorders.
Certain types of anti-depressants can also affect blood flow through the nerves leading to numbness or tingling sensations in the arms.
One more possible cause of shoulder blade pain could be a condition known as fibromyalgia. This is when people experience chronic (long-term) muscle and joint pain throughout their body. It’s often a result of a direct injury years before, but the pain can start out in otherwise healthy people.
How can all this information help you relieve your pain?
Well, understanding what causes shoulder blade pain is the first step towards relieving it. If you know that you’re suffering from depression or fibromyalgia, then your doctor may be able to prescribe a treatment that will help you. They may also be able to tell you if there are any certain activities that make your pain worse.
In some cases, shoulder blade pain can also be a sign of other more serious conditions such as heart disease, lung cancer, or skin cancer. (Most often skin cancer on the back) If you experience any prolonged or severe shoulder blade pain, you should contact your doctor. They may refer you to a specialist who can run appropriate tests to rule out any serious underlying conditions.
What is the Best Way to Treat Shoulder Blade Pain?
Once your doctor has diagnosed the cause of your shoulder blade pain, they can begin to treat it. In most cases, the treatment plan will involve some combination of medication and physical therapy. Let’s take a look at some of the most common treatment options.
If you’re experiencing shoulder blade pain due to fibromyalgia, then doctors usually prescribe anti-depressants or opioids (pain killers). These drugs help to relieve your muscle and joint pain and can help you to feel better in general. However, they do come with a risk of addiction and other side effects so be sure to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before beginning any prescription medications.
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