Pain Management/Back Pain

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Dear Patricia,

I am 65 years old male and I at times gets pain in my shoulders, especially the shoulder blade area, which eventually increases along with breathing trouble. This pain last for about 5 minutes. I face such pain once in two weeks. I showed to different doctors but every visit I get some pain killers or some sleeping posture suggestions. Could you please let me know what could be possibly wrong.

Regards,

Jackson

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Jackson,
To begin with, you need a simple chest xray to make sure you don't have pleurisy. These are classic symptoms of pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the lungs which occurs after a bout with pneumonia or bronchitis.

You might want to consider the sleep positions, but if you are NOT ALLERGIC you can take ibuprofen around the clock every six hours. That is an anti-inflammatory that should help.

Also, you might consider consulting a chiropractor. They will run their own xrays, and you could have a copy sent to your MD to have lung problems ruled out

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I welcome questions from people who may want a "nurse's perspective" on the subject of chronic pain and pain management. I am a nurse, NOT a physician (MD).I can answer questions on medications, alternative approaches, and the various organs and body systems. There are many avenues to explore with chronic pain. I am against seeing patients suffer simply because healthcare professionals might suspect they are "drug seekers". There are methods of identifying true pain, and this makes patients feel as if they are taken seriously, which they should be.

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Over 25 years working experience in Internal Medicine, Adult Cardiology, Post-Surgery care, Cancer, psychiatry and some experience as a lay-counselor in addictive medicine (dependence to alcohol and/or drugs, both legal and illegal drugs).

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I am an Expert with AllExperts in several areas: Pharmacy, Internal Medicine, Medical Errors. Feel free to check my Q&A history as well as my ratings, which are very high.

Education/Credentials
Diploma from hospital-based nursing school. Additional courses in pharmacology. I keep current in continuing education. Am currently working as lay-counselor which can lead to my certification as Substance Abuse Counselor.

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Dean's List while in college.

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Internal medicine patients, cardiology patients recovering from heart disease and/or open-heart surgery, cancer, as well as recently working as a lay-counselor to individuals dealing with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. NOTE: Just because I attempt to help patients with addictive diseases, I have over 25 years in Internal Medicine, have nursed patients with great deal of pain, and I am compassionate. I never label anyone as a "drug seeker". I have seen that done for years, and am against it. All patients should be evaluated for pain in a fair and comprehensive manner. Am an Expert with AllExperts in three other medical categories; feel free to check my ratings, which are high.

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