Feb 15, 2012 - 8:42 pm
46 year old female....I woke up one Saturday late November with a pinched nerve in my shoulder blade. Very painful, was super uncomfortable and went to see the chiropracter I've been seeing on and off for the last 5 years. He said I had winged scapula, adjusted me, told me to ice. The acute pain went away but the feeling of a pinched nerve persisted. I went back for adjustments twice a week, iced shoulder every night, and took advil when it felt really uncomfortable. Three weeks later no change, I started researching shoulder blade pain on the internet and learned that this can be a symptom of lung cancer. Sinking feeling - I did smoke and for many years. Still, no arm tingling, no numbness, no coughing or any other symptoms except pinched nerve in shoulder blade. To put my mind at ease, chiropracter sends me for x-ray of spine and it comes back clean.
January still no improvement, despite regular chiropractic adjustments. I'm working out and doing all of my normal activities with no problems, but shoulder blade always hurting. Chiro tells me this is perfectly normal, takes a long time to heal, blah blah blah.
It's now mid February. My shoulder still hurts and feeling strain in surrounding muscles on that side. Neck muscles strained and underarm feels weird at times. I feel pressure in my chest in the area that corresponds with the scapula. My imagination, or is it real? More dull, achy discomfort than pain. Frustrated with the lack of relief, I went to GP this morning and learned that the spine x-ray done by chiro would not have ruled out lung tumor. Awesome. He agreed that a CT scan was in order and so I'll be scheduling one ASAP. I'm terrified. And I'm kicking myself! I should have gone to GP 2 months ago! Why did I listen to a chiropracter??? I'm an idiot.
Any words of wisdom? Any words of comfort? Do these symptoms sound familiar?