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Killer Knot In My Shoulder — Help?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Pete Incaviglia, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    I have never experienced pain and inconvenience like this in my life.

    About five days ago a knot developed in my shoulder — to the inside of my shoulder blade and below the neck.

    It's awful. It's the worst when I'm at my desk(s) — home and work.

    It goes away when I go for a walk. But it's right back whenever I sit down, even on the couch or chair in the living room. Tonight at work, I walked across the newsroom to get some water, when I came back and sat down, the pain shot right into the same spot.

    The only two things that remedy it are a hot shower and heating pad. I tried muscle relaxers, and they worked for a day.

    Any suggestions? This is brutal.

  2. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    That sounds like a knot I get from time to time. Massages help the most, but the two following things help some, too:

    1. Sit on a couch or a chair with a back that is tall and sturdy. Place a tennis ball between the couch/chair and where your knot is and lean into the tennis ball. Assuming it doesn't hurt too badly, try to roll the ball around a little to help loosen the knot.

    2. This is more helpful for prevention, but is a good stretch to help loosen the knot. Stand about 6-9 inches in front of a doorway. Place your hands, at chest height, on either side of the door frame and lean your torso into the doorway.

    Good luck!
  3. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    I'm trying all that Dyno.

    I've never had this before. It's awful.

    I wonder if it has something to do with me
    A) wrenching my shoulder awkwardly when I was playing with my daughter
    B) picking up my daughter more lately (I was off for about four weeks and spent lots of time with her)
  4. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    Mine comes from stress...
  5. EmbassyRow

    EmbassyRow Active Member

    Get some Hot Damn in you, grab a knife and hack that sumbitch up. </chef>
  6. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Can also be symptomatic of dehydration. Drink water ... lots of it.

    And every 20 minutes or so, while you're at your desk, stretch it out. Try to make it a habit, it's good for you.

    Pushups are good for it, too. Just drop and give yourself 20.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Call Chef. He'll know what to do...
  8. Bruce Leroy

    Bruce Leroy Active Member

    Massaging it can help, but it also can make it worse. So be careful how much you rely on that option.
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    You wonder?
  10. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Fall down in a puddle of water and break your leg, that will keep your mind off of the knot.

    Edit: Sorry 93, it had to be done.
  11. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I used to get this all the time. Not so much now because I have a different chair/posture at my latest job. Of course, when it got pretty bad, I'd just have someone punch it really hard and that seemed to loosen it up for a while. Probably not the best advice, though.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    If it's lasted five days, if you can afford it at all (and maybe even if not) hie thee to a doctor -- this can be symptomatic of a blood clot problem (I seem to recall this was the first sign of trouble with J.R. Richard).

    Most likely it isn't, but better safe than sorry.
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