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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?

I have had really bad back pain (right side under shoulder blade), accompanied by cough. Could this just be muscle strain from the cough?

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

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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Why am I having upper back pain left side under shoulder blade?

Very common: Very common to have pain in that area, especially during the computer age. Always ask for a chest x-ray just to be safe, but muscles and daily living are probably the issue. ...Read more

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I have middle back pain right side below shoulder blade next to spine. Also left side shoulde/neck pain up to back of skull. Could the two be related?

I have middle back pain right side below shoulder blade next to spine. Also left side shoulde/neck pain up to back of skull. Could the two be related?

Yes: One concern most important 2r/o is a pulmonary embolus. Get in 2 b cn, once this is r/ot u can b evaluated 4 other less serious causes. ...Read more

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Back pain right side 2 inches below shoulder blade next to spine. Heart burn seems to make it worse. Any ideas?

Back pain: An ulcer is one possibility for your pain. There are many others and speculating without more information will be nonproductive. ...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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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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I have had pain in my left shoulder blade for several weeks - worse when I am carrying something? Also some back pain on left side.

I have had pain in my left shoulder blade for several weeks - worse when I am carrying something? Also some back pain on left side.

Multiple causes: Upper back & left sided chest may be the result of a thoracic disc herniation, thoracic facet syndrome, T4 syndrome, costoveterbral syndrome, muscle strain, ect. It may also represent referred pain from internal organs such as the heart & lungs, which are more serious. With your breathing difficulties you should contact your pcp for an immediate evaluation. If not available go to nearest er! ...Read more

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Mom has back pain around the shoulder blade area, right side of the body. She said it hurts especially when she's taking a breath. What could cause this?

Depends: Peri scapular pain can be from either cervical or shoulder problems. But if pain is exacerbated by deep breath then either inflammation of lining of lungs (pluritis) or inflammation of rib joint can be the cause. Nsaids may be first thing to try. ...Read more

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What causes a bad pain in my right shoulder blade and back pain/ seems to be the right side of my rib cage

What causes a bad pain in my right shoulder blade and back pain/ seems to be the right side of my rib cage

An Ortho evaluation: When patients have persistent pain a good physical and exam can usually help figure out the causes which in this situation can include rotator cuff issues, neck pain, a pinched nerve or muscle spasm. An orthopedist or physical medicine and rehab can evaluate if a MRI is necessary and when to start therapy or other treatment. There are other non ortho causes of pain to consider like costochondritis. ...Read more

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What can cause the upper back pain between the shoulder blade, one side of your rib and chest to swell and with needle like pain?

Nerve impingement: Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain, dizziness and nausea. Prevention treatment is always recommended. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. It is the same as a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain left side shoulder back shoulder blade and mid back pain is 2-10 to 4-10 somtimes pain is constant.

Having upper back pain left side shoulder back shoulder blade and mid back pain is 2-10 to 4-10 somtimes pain is constant.

Upper back pain: Pain in that region, if it's not from a recent strain or injury, is often due to nerve impingement from a bulging intervertebral disc or an arthritic spur pressing on a nerve root exiting from a vertebra. If shingles is the cause, a rash appears after several days. If symptoms persist, consult your physician or a neurologist. Appropriate imaging studies, xray or mri, will be ordered. ...Read more

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I got acid reflux problem. I'm taking nexium (esomeprazole).But from last 2 weeks I have back pain left side close to shoulder blade in rib cage area. Why is that?

I got acid reflux problem. I'm taking nexium (esomeprazole).But from last 2 weeks I have back pain left side close to shoulder blade in rib cage area. Why is that?

? unrelated: Stomach intestinal issues should not be referred to the back unless something serious is going on such as perforation, pancreatitis, bleeding. If you have pain in your shoulder it could be referred pain or something completely unrelated. For this type of complaint a face to face with your doctor will likely provide better answers to a complex question. Good luck ...Read more

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I'm having back pain and it hurts when I breathe deeply. It started yesterday when I laid down on my belly on the couch. I couldn't get comfortable so after I got up it started. The pain is on the left side mid section below the shoulder blade. I looked

Sometimes: Sometimes back pain is so severe that breathing is painful, but this is unusual. The presence of pain with breathing is concerning for lung pain and I would recommend seeing your primary care doctor right away to rule out lung problem. Especially if it is associated with shortness of breath and/or chest pain. If no lung or heart problem is found then the pain could be from pulled back muscle or joint problem and your doctor may start you on anti-inflammatory medicine and physical therapy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Back pain under shoulder blade that radiates around into chest behind breast on right side, right forearm pain...what is the cause?

Back pain under shoulder blade that radiates around into chest behind breast on right side, right forearm pain...what is the cause?

R/O THORACIC DISC: Given the Nature and duration of your symptoms I would be concerned with arthritis or herniation of a disc in the thoracic region. T4-6 You need to be examined have labs checked. Thoracic spine X-ray and thoracic MRI. TX : Consists of PT/ NSAIDS/MUSCLE RELAXANT/GABAPENTIN/LYRICA/SAVELLA). GLUTEN FREE DIET (. WHOLEAPPROACH. COM GUTBLISS. COM) ...Read more

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Fell back on ice 3 months ago on left side shoulder blade. Now bad shoulder pain inside, when dropping shoulder, moving back & pain above left breast?

See an orthopedist: You may have suffered an injury to your shoulder, specifically your rotator cuff, which can give you painful range of motion especially when dropping your arm. ...Read more

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Shoulder blade and ribs tender and warm to the touch, back pain radiating towards ribs. Pain in side of stomach that radiates.

Exam: You must be examined and have comprehensive blood testing. Your symptoms are quite peculiar and deserve further medical 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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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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What is the best way to get rid of back pain in the shoulder blade?

What is the best way to get rid of back pain in the shoulder blade?

Nerve root irritatio: You may have neck nerve root irritation causing muscle spasms. 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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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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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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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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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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Upper back pain in shoulder blade area. What is it?

Upper back pain in shoulder blade area. What is it?

Trigger points: Pain around the shoulder blades (scapula) is commonly caused by trigger points, also known as myofascial pain. These painful areas may respond to I've or heat, massage, acupressure, rest or physical therapy. Occasionally injections or acupuncture may be helpful. ...Read more

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Can you get back pain by shoulder blade from sleeping wrong?

Can you get back pain by shoulder blade from sleeping wrong?

Yes: Most of the times poor sleep postures are also associated with daytime poor postures. This creates fatigue and overload in some muscles leading to pain. ...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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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

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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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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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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

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I am having a sharp pain in the upper left back pain around the shoulder blade. It only hurts when I breath deeply. In good shape. Never happened.

I am having a sharp pain in the upper left back pain around the shoulder blade. It only hurts when I breath deeply. In good shape. Never happened.

Pleurisy?: This is typically very painful with deep breaths, but only lasts a number of minutes. Its thought to be due to the lining of the lung sticking temporarily to the side of the chest wall. As always, if you're concerned something is wrong, see your primary care provider within the next week or so. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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