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Doctor, it hurts when I do this

  1. Feb 10, 2006 #1

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    owwwiie wowwwiie! I woke up with the most painful muscle cramp in my left shoulder blade this morning. Just turning my head right or left is excruciating. Driving to work was pure agony.

    One of my co-workers suggested eating a banana. He thought maybe my potassium was low. Do you think that will help? I took ibuprofen, too. Any other ideas? I have to go hook up computers in about 1/2 an hour and it's gonna hurt like the devil if this doesn't stop. :cry:
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2006 #2

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    Get a massage.
     
  4. Feb 10, 2006 #3

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    Damn! Why did I have to give my masseuse the day off today?! :grumpy:
     
  5. Feb 10, 2006 #4

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    Are you sure it's a muscle cramp? If so, you could try applying a heat pack to it and/or getting a massage. Or, perhaps stretching it slowly and deliberately.

    It might something more like a tear or some kind of ligament damage though, in which case the stretching/massaging might not be a good idea... I don't think it can hurt to try applying some heat though.
     
  6. Feb 10, 2006 #5

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    You certainly should see some health professional if it persists tomorrow¨.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2006 #6
    A banana is harmless so try it. You can also try a muscular relaxant like Robax[something] which also has a pain killer.
     
  8. Feb 10, 2006 #7

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    nah..nothing is damaged. I just slept in a weird position last night. It will be gone by tonight but I was hoping there was something I could do to ease it now. Maybe I'll try lying flat on the floor.
     
  9. Feb 10, 2006 #8

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    hmmm.. maybe I could take a Doan's pill. good idea.
     
  10. Feb 10, 2006 #9

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    Yes, mother. :wink: :biggrin:
     
  11. Feb 10, 2006 #10

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    I agree with applying heat to it.

    Sounds like it might be very tense.
     
  12. Feb 10, 2006 #11
    Where is the cramp exactly? Is is under the shoulder blade, or is it more in the trap?
     
  13. Feb 10, 2006 #12

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    Sounds like the trapezius - http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-potter/Musculature/img010.jpg - although it could be the levator scapulae or rhomboid minor. In addition to pain medication, heat will help as well as massage. Once in a while, I've had a stiff neck, and heat and massage help.

    And don't forget masseur is a male massage therapist and masseuse is female - there is a difference. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Feb 10, 2006 #13

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    You always have good advice. Though it might be a little impractical right now since I'm at the office. Maybe I'll split early today.

    It is definitely in the trapezius area. It starts at the base of my neck and goes down.
     
  15. Feb 10, 2006 #14

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    Aww, poor MIH, i have had similar pains and the good news is they disapear
    almost without notice, anyway hope you are ok tomorow.
     
  16. Feb 10, 2006 #15

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    You're lucky you don't work with some of the guys I worked with years ago. The day I came in with a stiff neck, they threw nurf balls or paper wads at me unexpectedly just to see the expression on my face when I would reflexively duck. :grumpy:
     
  17. Feb 10, 2006 #16
    Stick with some Advil for now. Stretch the area with slow shoulder shrugs and neck rotation to the extent the pain allows. When you get home, jump in the shower and let water run on the area as hot as you can stand. Then turn it as cold as you can stand. 15-20 seconds on each setting, repeat 8-10 times. It sounds weird, but it does wonders for inflamation.
     
  18. Feb 10, 2006 #17
    Follow this with acupuncture, an evening at the spa and a Hawaiian vacation. That should do it.
     
  19. Feb 10, 2006 #18
    man i know how that feels. and im also pretty sure it is the trapezius.

    I usually get this when i sleep with my head at a bad angle alot at night.

    stretching and such usually fixes it up. but ive had a couple times where stretching wont even help. and a good sleep with no pillows fixes me up great.
     
  20. Feb 10, 2006 #19

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    I would check for swelling before I decided between ice or heat. If there's swelling, put ice on it (or at least do not put heat on it) and rest it (do not use it or stretch it or rub it). I can think of at least two things: tight muscle or inflamed or strained tendon, and you don't treat them the same way. The tendon that connects your trapezius at the end around your shoulder blade is a flat one, so the pain might not feel as concentrated as it does with tendonitis or strains in other areas.

    P.S. I am not a doctor. o:)
     
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  21. Feb 10, 2006 #20
    But you plan one on the forum :smile:
     
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