Does your back hurt between the shoulder blades? Many are familiar with such sensations. And if one, having experienced this, has enough strength and intelligence to look for the cause, others prefer indiscriminately to drink pain pills, bringing the situation to a critical point, when it is already "neither breathe nor groan". We will understand what causes can cause such pain.
This cunning shot in the back
A variety of factors can cause acute, tingling, or aching pain in the area of the shoulder blades. Of course, most often we sin on a sedentary lifestyle or a long work at the computer. For the sake of fairness, it is worth saying that basically it happens. But the nature of such pains is unstable, and the discomfort disappears without any effort on the part of the person after some time.
But long-term problems with the spine can be the first sign of the development of serious diseases, which cannot be solved with the help of a massage or a long rest. Pathology is determined depending on the location of the symptom. Let us dwell on this in more detail.
Abscess of the stomach and duodenum
The problem is located in the epigastrium, but in the process of development other areas of the body may also be affected. In such cases, patients complain that their back hurts in the area of the shoulder blades, while it tingles in the thoracic spine. The nature of the pain can be as periodic, increasing after eating, and seasonal, occurring at a certain time of day.
A feature of the ulcerative lesions of the tissues of the stomach is that the painful sensations completely subside after vomiting, this allows doctors to make the correct diagnosis.
Dystrophic muscle disorder of the cervical spine
This disease can be distinguished from other pathologies by using symptoms such as:
- dull pain in one part of the back just below the neck;
- with sharp bending of the head or a strong load on the spine, the pain increases, and at rest it is almost imperceptible;
- sometimes tingling can be felt in the hand or head;
- it seems that goosebumps crawl over the shoulders, and the muscles in the area of the shoulder blades numb;
- often dizzy seizures.
Heart attack is a common cause of pain in the chest and between the shoulder blades. A heart attack is always preceded by an attack of acute angina - when the back hurts in the right hypochondrium and areas of the scapula.
Squeezing or irritation of the intercostal nerves
In neuralgia, pain is more likely to be shingles and paroxysmal. Usually, the discomfort almost does not disturb the person in a state of rest, but on the contrary, increases with physical exertion, a sharp cough. In addition, pain may radiate to the heart, lower back, or arm.
If the nature of the pain is distinct and the patient can easily distinguish what hurts him - the muscles in the area of the shoulder blades or the bone tissue itself, first of all, the possibility of injury should be excluded. It can be caused by a strong blow to the back, a dislocation of the arm, a fall, and many other factors. In this case, swelling and redness of the soft tissues in the area of the injury.
Infectious diseases of the respiratory system
When the back hurts in the area of the shoulder blades when coughing, the cause should be sought in infectious viral diseases. Most often it is pleurisy, tuberculosis, pneumonia or exacerbation of chronic bronchitis. Such changes in the body always occur on the background of increased body temperature, chills and fever, aching joints and night sweats.
How should the diagnosis be?
Relying only on the verbal description of the problem, it is difficult to determine why your back hurts in the area of the shoulder blades, especially if you decide to do this on your own. Doctors for making the correct diagnosis using a variety of different approaches and methods.
The first is the examination of the spine and soft tissues for the presence of external changes and signs. In addition, during the examination the doctor will be able to notice the spatial abnormalities of the intervertebral discs and other problems of the bone components of the spine.
Then, without fail, X-rays are taken from several sides of the body. And if there is a suspicion of the development of osteochondrosis, a computer examination is appointed. For neurological problems, duplex scanning and other functional vascular examinations will be required. In case of any dystrophic changes in the bone tissue or muscles, biochemical and hormonal analysis is taken. If your back hurts in the area of the shoulder blades on the right, you will need to track the work of the heart and go through a cardiogram.
Even the most experienced specialist in the diagnosis cannot do without the help of colleagues from other specialties and areas. What to say about the possibility of self-diagnosing problems. Here the basic rule is: if you have previously been examined and know the causes of pain, you can try to take the necessary measures yourself. And when the feeling for you is new and unexplored, it is better not to delay a visit to the doctor.
Besides the fact that a specialist has more opportunities to look at the spine from different angles, he can also immediately prescribe the necessary treatment - gymnastics, massage, taking pills, acupuncture, etc.
A few secrets of a healthy spine
The spine is the beginning of all beginnings. And often back pain in the area of the shoulder blades have a cause, the appearance of which was provoked by the person himself. You can avoid many problems if you pay attention to the following factors:
- High heels. Each extra centimeter in the platform increases the load on the spine by an average of 10-15 pounds.
- Improper working posture and a long sitting at the computer. Remember one golden rule: everything is good when in moderation. Take breaks in the work for 15-20 minutes every half hour, replace the usual stool with a comfortable orthopedic chair.
- Overweight. It is only at first glance it seems that the heavily hanging sides, the second chin and the beer belly carry themselves. In fact, thanks are worth telling our bone skeleton.
- Bad habits. Smoking, drug addiction and alcohol addiction are the causes of many diseases of a modern person. All this does not just settle in our body, but also destroys the structure of muscle tissue, bones and spine.
- Sedentary lifestyle. Riding everywhere by car is, of course, good, but nothing can replace our daily walks. And whatever the busy schedule, do exercises at least once every two days.
If you follow all the precautions, as well as regularly undergo a medical examination, you can maintain a good mood, a correct posture and a strong back. Be healthy!