A 23-year-old female asked:
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i have had really bad back pain (right side under shoulder blade), accompanied by cough. could this just be muscle strain from the cough?

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Dr. John cuong Doan
17 years experience Family Medicine
Only one way: to find out: go see a healthcare provider who will examine you properly and tell you whether you need further tests to rule out any potentially lethal causes including blood clot (pulmonary embolism), tumor/cancer, obstruction, nerve compression, or simple muscle pull. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap.
Answered on Jul 11, 2018

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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
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Ice, stretch, meds: Put some ice, do stretches to help with stiffness, take anti inflammatory pills if no contraindications and see your doctor.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Pain: Left shoulder blade pain is commonly a strain of your rhomboid muscle. However, pain can be from neck or back. Internal problems such as pleurisy, pn ... Read More
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24 years experience Psychiatry
Pain: Consider stretching exercises, physical therapy, massage or acupuncture.
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Dr. Hasan Khondker
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Yes if it: gets better with heat it likely is a muscle strain..rest is the best therapy.

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