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shoulder blade pain at higher heart rates

Pascale2010-12-12 08:44:34 +0000 #1
Ok, i tried googling this, and I will ask one of the trainers at the gym, if I can ever get their attention, but maybe someone else experiences this...

It seems when my heart rate gets above a certain point (and I know I'm well into the anerobic zone), I get sharp, achy pain right under my right shoulder blade. It goes away once my heart rate goes down.

This happens both when I'm moutain biking, or if I'm on a machine at the gym.

Anyone else ever have this happen?
maillotpois2010-12-12 08:53:58 +0000 #2
I would check with a doctor about that. That almost sounds like a cardiac issue.
Pascale2010-12-12 09:04:43 +0000 #3
Thanks, I do plan to check with a fitness trainer who may have known others who experienced it (not a doctor, as I've yet to find a general practitioner that ever knows anything about anything, lol) ... was just wondering if anyone else had experienced it.
maillotpois2010-12-12 09:18:14 +0000 #4
I did experience something similar when I had pulmonary hypertension secondary to pulmonary emboli. I don't mean to be alarming, but I have learned not to fool with anything chest/upper back pain related, especially if heart rate is a factor (i.e., it comes and goes with heart rate elevation). It may be nothing, but it is always better to have something like that looked at by a professional - not a trainer, a medical doctor.
Pascale2010-12-12 10:00:38 +0000 #5
True, if I can figure out a medical professional who won't jerk me around and waste my time, I'll go...just won't start with a GP because they're useless
ny biker2010-12-12 09:52:58 +0000 #6
Quote:

Originally Posted by maillotpois

I did experience something similar when I had pulmonary hypertension secondary to pulmonary emboli. I don't mean to be alarming, but I have learned not to fool with anything chest/upper back pain related, especially if heart rate is a factor (i.e., it comes and goes with heart rate elevation). It may be nothing, but it is always better to have something like that looked at by a professional - not a trainer, a medical doctor.

I believe what she's saying is that you could wind up in an emergency room or worse. You might want to go to an urgent care clinic if you can't find an internist.
Crankin2010-12-12 11:19:29 +0000 #7
This is not something to mess with, as Sarah said. Go straight to a doctor.
KnottedYet2010-12-12 11:55:14 +0000 #8
Here's what you do:

1. Get your fitness trainer to retrieve the gym's AED and ask him to hold your cell phone.

2. Clamber up on your favorite machine, and get your heart-rate up to the point you feel the shoulder blade pain.

3. Keep your heart-rate up until you go into full cardiac arrest.

4. Your fitness trainer can then call 911 as he's applying the AED.

5. Voila! You get medical attention without ever having to see a primary care physician!

6. Assuming you don't die, you've also just gotten a free stress test, and any cardiologist (whom you could have gone to directly, anyway) will have nice records to study.

DARWIN AWARD WIN!!!!!!

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