Need Help** Pain in between shoulder blades through to chest** Help
40 year old woman in fair physical condition. I am a smoker (trying to quit with patch). I take the following meds...percocet, levoxyl, premarin (weaning off now), probiotics, xanax and diclofenac.I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and anxiety disorder. April this year I started having severe pain between my shoulder blades (upper) more towards the right side, this episode lasted for several days and could also be felt in my chest as if a knife was pushing through. In May I had the same thing only much worse, the pain was severe and I went to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack. They did a chest x-ray, bloodwork and a CT scan of my lungs looking for a blood clot. All test came back normal. The next day I went to my Chiropractor who said it was probably a rib head out in my back so I started treatment with him. The pain has been relentless although some days are better than others. Finally my Chiro said to have my gallbladder checked and after many tests they did a hida scan which showed an ejection fraction of 18%, one week later I had my gallbladder removed and was told this was the cause of my back and chest pain. Unfortunately they were wrong. Does anyone know what this can be? Is it possible that I really do have a blood clot in my lung? Would the symptoms have stayed the same or gotten worse? Could a Cat scan with contrast not show a blood clot? Could a rib in your back go out daily even after chiro adjustments? I am really getting very scared with all of this, hence the xanax. I also have low body temp sometimes, lightheaded and headaches. Please can someone tell me what direction to look, I can't take this anymore and really don't want to live like this, always in pain and fear! I Thanks for any help you can offer.
Your low body temp is from being overly stressed. I get like that too. Same goes for your light headedness. I had a cousin with multiple blood clots in her lungs and heart, never heard from her complaining of the type of pain you're talking about. If the the CT-scan didn't pick it up, I doubt that there is a blood clot. I've had the CT with contrast, but it was only to give more clarity to a lesion I have on my adrenal gland. The lesion was initially picked up easily with a regular CT scan, and they were not looking for that lesion initially, it was a completely incidental finding. If your pain has anything to do with your lungs you would also experience other symptoms, like shortness of breath or coughing.
There are many reasons for pain, and the solution could be quite simple. I think we tend to over dramatize in our brains for the worst possible diagnosis. Just keep following up with your doctor and eventually I'm sure you will figure it out. I do understand that sometimes the source of the pain can not be found and that there are other ways of treating it.
Try getting a deep tissue massage concentrating on the area, front and back. If this doesnt help, Id suggest going to a gastro and letting them do the endoscopy and possibly sigmoidoscopy. I had same problems. Tuirned out I needed my gallbladder removed and meds for colon/stomache spasms. Much better now, although I still have the occasional spasm which can last a few seconds to hours. Hope this helps.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.