Shoulder blade pain

Hello! I’m 3 weeks post op and I’m having pretty severe shoulder blade pain on my left side. I have accidentally slept on my left side more often than I would like to admit. It hurts to even move my left arm. It almost feels like I have a rib out of place. What should I do?

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  • I would try a heating pad (just be careful not too hot), NSAID like ibuprofen, and massage and see if that helps. It is most likely just muscle/joint soreness/stiffness. It is very unlikely that you displaced a rib. 


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  • I had the exact same pain fairly early post op. The pain was so severe. Breathing was the worst! It did eventually go away and only happened a few times. I figured it was just the nerves firing back up after going through the shock of surgery. Pain does radiate and where you are having the pain at isn’t always the source, if that makes sense.

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