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A 43-year-old member asked:

Upper right back below shoulder blade hurts when i take a deep breath?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
It depends: There are many possible causes. An irritation of a nerve in the thoracic pain can cause pain to radiate around one side of the trunk. A gallbladder problem can cause pain radiating into the right side as can a lung and kidney problem. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually tell the cause. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What causes pain in your back just below your shoulder blade thar hurts when you take deep breaths?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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Sounds like: Slipped rib. See your doctor and if he finds nothing concerning, have him send you to a physical therapist for treatment of rib dysfunction.
Dr. Sudhir Bansal
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Agree it sounds skeletal pain which means rib cage and muscles make sure no lung pathology rib pain can be due to injury or bone expansive disease more likely muscle issues and pt will help
Oct 2, 2013
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A 18-year-old female asked:

When i take a deep breath the left side of my back aches, the pain is right under my shoulder blade, what's wrong?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Rifat Naghmi
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Pain: If it has been going on for a couple of days it could either be a muscle strain or pleuritis (inflammation of the protective layer of the lungs).
Last updated Dec 10, 2013


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