Hi! I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8 (now I'm 16) and at the age of 13 I had a surgery. It was a success and everything was fine. I did exercises for about a year, then I stopped. I felt no pain at all until 4-5 months ago. That's when I started getting this pain in my upper back, between my left shoulder blade and my spine. I don't know if it's muscle pain or nerve pain, but it hurts quite a bit. It's like, I have this kind of burning feeling in that area, and I feel that whenever I pull my shoulders back, and when I sit for too long. Did anyone else experience this? Can you help me, what should I do?
I would say before you do anything else, get a dr to check to be sure your spine is ok. I get a burning pain between my shoulder blades too, but mine is from fibromyalgia, and that is nerve pain. I use heat on it.
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You may find that your stretching exercises may still need to be done. We, as humans, have bad habits of sitting wrong in school or at work and we are often stressed by school or work and we tighten our muscles in our necks and shoulders because of that stress. Gentle stretching can loosen the tight muscles and the area you describe is one that is typically tightened during stress and poor posture. When you sit in class, be sure you sit straight, both feet flat on the floor, chin parallel to the floor and back straight. When you get up after class, you may need to shrug your shoulders a few times, roll your head-rotating one way then the other. This should help to loosen those tight muscles. I would recommend a visit to your Dr just to be sure everything is okay and that it is okay with him for you to resume your stretching and exercise. These exercise movements may be something you will want to continue for life. Applying heat to tight muscles helps to loosen them.
I would try natural ways of relieving muscle spasm before you try muscle relaxants. Muscle relaxants can be habit forming and you dont want to start that. Massage can also help. Enlist your mother , sister or best friend to rub the area loose or see a massage therapist once a week or as needed.
Your surgeon should be made aware asap. It's dangerous after spinal surgery of any kind to start the usual activities to ease pain without doctor approval. Physical therapy could be helpful, but it would still need to be prescribed by either your surgeon or a doctor familiar with your spinal history.
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