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What could be the cause of upper back pain below shoulder blade?

What could be the cause of upper back pain below shoulder blade?

Several: Muscle spasm is a likely cause. Another possible and more serious cause is irritation of the lining of the chest cavity and lungs. This pain is usually worse with a deep breath. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Really bad back pain below shoulder blade. What OTC pain meds can I take?

Really bad back pain below shoulder blade. What OTC pain meds can I take?

The Ones You Know: Already. There are not any new OTC meds than the ones that are already available now. Ibuprofen/Motrin, Aleve/Naproxen, Tylenol/Acetaminophen are currently available without Rx. Although be aware that too much tylenol (acetaminophen) can result in liver damage/failure. If these are not helping or you are using these daily, I would suggest seeing your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Symptoms: raspy cough includes chest pain, right side pain (above hip), tummy pain, right side back pain (below shoulder blade) nausea, heartburn ?

Symptoms: raspy cough includes chest pain, right side pain (above hip), tummy pain, right side back pain (below shoulder blade) nausea, heartburn ?

Need to see doctor: Your symptoms are too many in chest and abdomen and you need to be checked to find out what is causing all your symptoms so check with your family doctor asap. ...Read more

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My 9 yr old son has been complaining of back pain from below shoulder blade to above tail bone. We have been doing muscle rub and ibuprofen. ?

My 9 yr old son has been complaining of back pain from below shoulder blade to above tail bone. We have been doing muscle rub and ibuprofen. ?

Back pain: did he injure his back? if not, it is important for him to be evaluated by his doctor and make sure there is not something else going on, like a kidney infection. thanks for consulting health tap :) ...Read more

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What can cause back pain right below the left shoulder blade?

Not simple: Assuming no direct trauma to the bones or chest wall, can be arthritis, gall bladder disease, or even an odd chest tumor. ...Read more

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Mid back pain starts just below shoulder blades and radiates around to the front just below breasts left worse than right What is possible cause?

Mid back pain starts just below shoulder blades and radiates around to the front just below breasts left worse than right What is possible cause?

Upper back pain: This is radicular pain from an irritated nerve root exiting from the thoracic 7/8 region. Inflammation of the rib head as it attaches to the spine is common. Other causes include muscle/tendon strain or a pinched nerve from a herniated disc. Anti-inflammatory medications, massage, and ice packs may relieve the pain. If the symptoms persist, then see your medical doctor. ...Read more

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I have back pain near my shoulder blade and don't know what to do?

I have back pain near my shoulder blade and don't know what to do?

Nerve irritation: You may have neck nerve root irritation. Please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a specialist and physical medicine and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Last 3 year having back pain upper right side under shoulder blade.?

Thoracic back pain: How did it start? What is the pain like? What makes it worse, better? Any shortness of breath, abdominal pain, chest pain. Any tingling or numbness ? Any shouldet pain?Answers to these questions can help narrow down the cause. ...Read more

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Numbess and tingling around the shoulder blade, with back pain as well. How do it treat this?

Numbess and tingling around the shoulder blade, with back pain as well. How do it treat this?

Nerve irritation: It maybe that you have neck spinal nerve root irritation that gives rise to numbness and tingling. You will need to be seen by a family physician and as specialist in rehabilitation medicine. ...Read more

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Right sided back pain and swelling next to the shoulder blade, Ice has made no difference, what is the best cause of action?

Right sided back pain and swelling next to the shoulder  blade, Ice has made no difference, what is the best cause of action?

See your physician: First, you need to find the cause. A number of problems can produce the symptoms that you have. You need to see your physician. A thorough history and physician exam, probably with Xrays or the area may provide the answer. Sometimes, further tests are required. Once you can identify the specific cause, it can be properly treated. ...Read more

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Back pain. Right Lower shoulder blade area. Lay flat on floor more than once everyday to help pain. Right shoulder is lower than my left when I stand.

Back pain. Right Lower shoulder blade area. Lay flat on floor more than once everyday to help pain. Right shoulder is lower than my left when I stand.

Sports Ortho Eval: Recommended that you undergo a through evaluation by Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon who manages complex shoulder issues. The shoulder blade (scapula) is the foundation for normal shoulder function. Scapulothoracic Dyskinesia (abnormal motion/position of shoulder blade on rib cage) has a myriad of causes. A thorough examination and appropriate imaging is required to determine best course now. ...Read more

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I have a hump on my shoulder blade(both left and right side) right below the neck but i don't feel any pain if i touch it. I only experience back pain

I have a hump on my shoulder blade(both left and right side) right below the neck but i don't feel any pain if i touch it. I only experience back pain

See a physician: This type of question really can't be well answered here because you need to be examined to determine exactly where these humps are. It's possible that the humps are normal anatomic findings (i.e. The superomedial corner of the scapulae) and that the back pain is a coincidental occurrence. ...Read more

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What can I do for upper back pain under my shoulder blade?

What can I do for upper back pain under my shoulder blade?

Many treatments: First have thoracic and possibly cervical mri. Cardiac tests to rule our heart problems. If MRI shows bulging/ herniated disc, thoracic epidural steroid injects, non steroid anti-inflammatory agents, muscle relaxants, low dose anti depression agents, Neurontin (gabapentin) or topa, chiropractic or physical therapy, ultrasound treatments, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, daily stretching, narcotics. ...Read more

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Do you have back pain right shoulder blade area if you have a kidney in fection?

No: Kidney infections tend to cause pain at the area where the bottom of the ribcage meets the spine (costovertebral angle). ...Read more

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Is upper back pain, seeming to come from under the shoulder blade, actually shoulder (not back) pain?

Is upper back pain, seeming to come from under the shoulder blade, actually shoulder (not back) pain?

I can be....: This type of pain can be caused by either a back or shoulder problem or both. Commonly caused by tendonitis of the shoulder that causes increased friction between the shoulder blade where it rubs against the spine and ribs, . ...Read more

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I have terrible back pain between my right shoulder blade and my spine. What tests will tell me what is wrong?

Nerve irritation: You may have cervical nerve root irritation and may need and xrays of the neck .And if need be, and nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) study could be performed. Please have it evaluated by a family physician and a specialist in rehabilitation medicine. ...Read more

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What can relieve my back pain ? Most likely right near the upper back beside the end of the shoulder blade /near spine

Specific exercise: You are describing scapulothoracic myalgia – a benign muscular pain. At 16, you are supposed to be healthy with a normal back. Be careful with unsupervised and undisciplined weightlifting with poor technique. Exercises specific to improving this condition include pinching your shoulder blades together – this strengthens your rhomboids and other scapular retractors. Get advice on proper exercise. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more