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Shoulder blade pain...

Does anyone else always have shoulder blade pain all the time that gets severe when flaring? They are always tender and hurt but when I flare they hurt horribly. I guess this is one of my more sensitive areas like my hands, wrists etc.

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tomsmom05
tomsmom05

Mar,
I guess any area can be affected with inflammation. When I flare, a really achy part of my body is my spine and ribcage. It's usually tender but always hurts worse when I flare. I hope you feel better soon.
mar1976
mar1976

Tomsmom thanks for your response. Everywhere hurts my ribcage hurts too and neck etc. BUT my shoulder blades are strange. I do not hear people complain about that part so I was wondering if that was abnormal. I am so sick of pain but I do count my many blessings. I hope you are doing well and your boys. Best wishes and gentle hugs.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I get the same back pain all time it goes from my Neck to my lower back sometimes it will take my breath away if i move all of a sudden or move the worng way. my hands and feet hurt as well. as far as if it gets worse during a flare i can't tell yet since this is so new to me i am still trying to figure out what cause's my flares yet or what makes them worse. but the pain is constant unless i am on a high dose of Prednisone.
dadsgirl1
dadsgirl1

Hi mar1976. Shoulder pain is one of my worst areas. I am constantly having to stretch out the muscles there. I have pain in most areas (also have fibro), but mostly it is pretty under control right now... I hope to never have a big flare again. I too have areas more sensitive than others. the number one area for me is my hands too, as they hurt in one way or another all the time.

I hope you have a great day!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I have had it in my shoulder blade area so bad that it brings tears when I try to take off a sweater or put on a coat.
mar1976
mar1976

Thank you for all of your responses. I am sorry for all of your pain. I flare so often I do not know if it has been just one flare over a couple of years. I have good days which I still can hardly do much. overlook, I guess this is just one of our bad spots. Best wishes and gentle hugs to all.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I have pain in my shoulder blade area and sometimes you can hear it crackling around really bad I guess from inflammation. Sometimes I try to lay down with a heating pad on it to help soothe the pain. I get back pain and neck pain all over though when I flare.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Another thing with people in chronic pain ie lupus and fibro they tend to develop chronic myofacial pain. There will be knots that need to be massaged out. Something you may want to check out. I have it the worst in neck and shoulder pain. hugs Marilyn
deleted_user
deleted_user

I've had the shoulder pain for over 15 years, probably the first sign that i had problems. They have gotten worse over time and now they are constantly painful. Some days bearable, other days not so bearable.
I have other pain in my wrists, fingers, hips, back, neck, knees on and off but the shoulders are non stop. Unfortunately the doctors think that they are not caused by the lupus and are unsure why they are painful. I am currently on Plaquinil and just stopped prednisolone because i found that my shoulders were not improving with the pred anyway. They click when i move them and they flare up differently depending on the weather. They always get worse before my menstrual period. ive tried different levels of pain meds and find that they dont work. Sleeping is often difficult and i have limited movement in them which differs day to day.

Hope you are feeling better, just know that you are not alone. Cheers.
mar1976
mar1976

Thanks for all of your responses they really helped. Best wishes and gentle hugs to all.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I too suffer with a lot of back and shoulder pain. My rheumatologist seems to think that the back pain is probably not related to lupus for some reason. I really want to approach either him or my gen md for an mri to show how much worse the deterioration is in my back from x-rays taken 5 years ago.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I had this pretty badly a couple years ago when I was diagnosed with thyroiditis, my Endo said my symptoms were not consistent with thyroid disease and my thyroid levels were normal. He mentioned perhaps Lupus is lurking and would show up fully one day. Well here I am, having the same symptoms years later, my thyroid is out and my replacement meds and thyroid levels are where they should be, and I am pursing a possible Lupus diagnosis after all. So that shoulder blade pain that was a killer for me for months could have been one of my earlier Lupus symptoms. Who knows?
I hope you get releief soon, I know how painful it can be.
Gentle (((hugs)))
Nicole