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Knot in my shoulder blade

Hello, I've been suffering with a knot by my shoulder blade for a number of years now, it causes me great pain shoulder ache and bad headaches on the one side of my head. Nothing seems to help. I've been to doctors a few times had physio a lot of times also been to bone specialist. They take away the pain for sometime but when it comes back it comes back hard. I really don't know what to do anymore its beginning to make me feel depressed. I'm 32 and have a very hard job, a lot of driving and heavy lifting. What are the chances of a hospital taking a look and how do I go about this as fast as possible? I cannot afford to lose my job because of days off because all I'm trying to do is sleep it off. Thank you.

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The answer

From what you have described and the fact that you have improvement in your symptoms with physiotherapy and treatment does suggest this is possibly muscular in nature. Have you been given a diagnosis from any of the doctors you have seen? A diagnosis would lead to a more effective treatment or management of the condition.

Shoulder pain and headaches can be related to muscular issues, tension, or even a pinched nerve in the neck or shoulder area. As this keeps returning we would suggest further follow up with your doctor, they may want to consider a scan to rule out a pinched nerve. If you have private medical insurance we would suggest talking to your claims team to discuss cover for specialist referral if needed.

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