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Pain that moves

I am new to this site so hope someone can help me. I have had chronic pain for 10 months. It started in my right shoulder blade and moved down to my ribs. This week it moved to my neck and is now in my left shoulder blade. Sometimes the pain is excruciating, especially at night and I am having difficulty sleeping. When I get out of bed my lower back goes into spasm. I have seen my GP. I have had a chest x-ray, blood test for arthritis and a urine test for bone marrow cancer. When I rang for my results the receptionist told me that no further action was needed so I presumed it was a muscular problem. However, the pain is getting worse and I have had to stop activities like Pilates and swimming as this makes it worse. Please advise. Thanks.



  • Hi carol70

    welcome to Spine-health

    I would advise you make a new appointment with your doctor and discuss your pain levels, your inability to exercise as you normally would and further investigations. It would appear the tests and investigations done so far have not uncovered the problem.

    So sorry you have been left in pain.

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  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 274

    @carol70 - I agree with @AJGormit. You need more diagnostic tests performed. You state this pain has been going on for 10 months. This is normally too long for muscular issues. From my own experience of moving pain in shoulder area and down the back, I'm encouraging at least some basic imaging of your cervical/neck areas. With todays digital x-rays, a lot can be found.

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  • Thanks for your comments. I have had my neck, spine and shoulder x-rayed and am waiting for the results. And I’m still in agony!

  • Carol, I think everyone is talking MRIs or CTs. Basic X-rays do not show all the details needed.

  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 237
    edited 12/26/2017 - 8:27 PM

    I second what David said.

    Only an MRI will show your discs in the best view so that a radiologist can detail the findings on your images and then you take your MRI CD and MRI report to a specialist like neurosurgeon/neurologist so they can tell you what they recommend.

    X-ray is more geared towards if you suspect you have a broken bone in your hand, arm, leg, etc. and want to confirm or rule out a fracture.

    Good luck. Please keep us posted.

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