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Old 11-06-2011, 06:22 PM
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Pack trouble

I have the same problem with every pack I've ever owned: pain in my left shoulder blade that works it's way down my left side. Has anyone else had this problem? I've tried changing packs, packing them different, centering the load, off-centering the load, etc and nothing seems to help. After about an hour or so my shoulder starts to hurt and after about 2 hours it's worked it's way down my side and I need to take a break so I can get my pack off for a bit. By the end of the day it's so bad I can hardly lift my arm over my head. If this has happened to you before, how did you fix it? I'll try pretty much anything. Thanks in advance
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:55 AM
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New one to me, I would suggest a visit to a doctor. You may actually have a damaged nerve, bone, joint, etc in that shoulder. Even with cheap packs I have never had that issue.

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Old 11-08-2011, 03:10 PM
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I've been thinking of doing that. My buddy said he had a similar problem and the doc told him he had a rib out of place
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:05 AM
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My thinking is the same as GOB's- that you have a medical issue of some sort. I've not heard of anyone having that sort of problem from a backpack.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:41 AM
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It actually makes sense; the same thing happens when I'm driving on a long road trip. Starts behind my left shoulder blade and works it's way down my side
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:43 AM
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Turns out it was a mis-aligned rib. I saw the physical therapist this morning and he popped it back in place but it's only a short term fix. A few specific exercises to strenghten the muscles and some stretched to bring my spine back into allignment along with proper posture should help long term. Thanks again for the answers; hopefully I'll be good to go by the time hiking season comes back
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