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Question: Severe Shoulderblade Pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 pronurse82 - Fri Nov 12, 2004 11:34 pm

[b]I am a 44 year old white female, who started peri-menapause at age 38, was diagnosed with Menapause at age 40, I suffer from menapausal symptoms, as well as an Hiatial Hernia since age 35.
For the past four weeks, I have been suffering from severe (right upper quadrant area) shoulderblade pain. The pain has not diminished, it bothers me all day, and especially at night. It feels very dull and piercing, I try arthritis rubs, Ice, heating pads, and hot/cold pads, but nothing takes the pain away.
When using the arthritis rubs, it eases off-just a little but returns withing minutes. I am so uncomfortable, irritable, and really tired all the time. Please help-any suggestions? :cry: [/b]
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sun Nov 14, 2004 6:09 am

User avatar Hi pronurse82,
I have a question. Do you have any other symptoms such as indigestion etc. after eating certain foods that make the pain worse? The reason I'm asking this is, if the pain is located uder the right shoulder blade and you are having gastointestinal sypmtoms it may be related to gallbladder dysfuction rather than arthritic pain. I hope this helps.

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