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

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

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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 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

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What can I do if I have upper back pain under the left shoulder blade?

What can I do if I have upper back pain under the left shoulder blade?

Anti-inflammatory: Upper back pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for this type of pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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