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A bruise like mark appeared ony left shoulder I don't remember hitting it anywhere ant it doesn't hurt ar all?

A bruise like mark appeared ony left shoulder I don't remember hitting it anywhere ant it doesn't hurt ar all?

Monitor: You'd be surprised at how even minor "bumps" - even ones you don't remember - can lead to a bruise. I would encourage you to monitoring the bruise to make sure it's not growing or becoming painful. Also make sure your bruising elsewhere or bleeding from your gums when brushing your teeth, having bloody noses, blood in your stool or urine. These issues should prompt a formal evaluation with a doc ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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I have pain on my left shoulder blade that feels like a bruise when touched and just hurts when left alone. Do I need to see a dr right away?

I have pain on my left shoulder blade that feels like a bruise when touched and just hurts when left alone. Do I need to see a dr right away?

Rest and ice: Pain and tenderness is often from musculoskeletal causes. A pulled muscle or trauma to the area would have to be considered. Associated symptoms such as chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, pain radiating to the neck or left arm would be more concerning but would be uncommon to cause tenderness over the muscle. A trial of over the counter anti inflammatory medication and rest may help. ...Read more

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I have a weird pain right above my left shoulder blade. It's almost a bruise kind of pain, but there is nothing on my skin.?

I have a weird pain right above my left shoulder blade. It's almost a bruise kind of pain, but there is nothing on my skin.?

Strain?: Maybe you simply strained your shoulder-could be muscular or tendon in nature, etc. If this pain continues, see your Dr. To have it examined. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My left shoulder hurts, only when I lift it up. Hurts when I go above neck length. What could it be? Feels like there is a bump on it. Not a bruise.

My left shoulder hurts, only when I lift it up. Hurts when I go above neck length. What could it be? Feels like there is a bump on it. Not a bruise.

Acromioclavicular jt: Sounds like you may be describing an injury with swelling and pain over/about your acromioclavicular joint where the clavicle meets the acromion. There is normally symmetry between right and left joints. If one side is significantly more swollen and painful (especially with motion), a thorough shoulder examination is warranted along with Xrays. ...Read more

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Small red patch on my left shoulder towards my neck for three weeks. Feels a bit bruised on pressing but mostly just red. Not crusty no visible lumps?

Small red patch on my left shoulder towards my neck for three weeks. Feels a bit bruised on pressing but mostly just red. Not crusty no visible lumps?

Red patch - shoulder: Is it flat or raised? If there is lyme disease in UK check for it. May be eczema, bruise, infection (but should have grown wihtout treatment), early psoriasis, fungal (tinea), mycosis fungiodes. Try Consider (antifungal /steorid cream f/u w/doc ...Read more

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I have a bruise that came on my left side below my stomach and also my left shoulder and arm have been hurting me for the last two weeks and each day

I have a bruise that came on my left side below my stomach and also my left shoulder and arm have been hurting me for the last two weeks and each day

Bruise, L shoulder: Did you injure yourself/ Bump into something? Are you on blood thinners? if so check you levels as if too thin could bruise easily. Bruises do hurt may take 2-4 weeks to resolve but should be getting lighter or changing color, if your left shoulder and arm is hurting you x 2 weeks without injury would go to urgent care/ doctor today and get EKG make sure not heart. Or aorta. ...Read more

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I was walking up stairs then suddenly I tripped and got a bruise on my cheek bone and my left shoulder. Any help?

I was walking up stairs then suddenly I tripped and got a bruise on my cheek bone and my left shoulder. Any help?

Bruises: Bruises are best treated conservatively. To contain the spread and overall size, try icing the area. That will also help with swelling. Unfortunately, a bruise otherwise just takes time to get better. The purplish color will slowly turn to a greenish color which will fade to yellow and then disappear. ...Read more

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I have a spot under left arm/beside left shoulder blade that is very tender to the touch. Feels bruised, but there's no bruise?

I have a spot under left arm/beside left shoulder blade that is very tender to the touch. Feels bruised, but there's no bruise?

Get examined: This could be a muscle spasm or a rib contusion or any of a number of things. Best thing to do if it doesn't go away is to see your gp physician and get examined/xrayed. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bruises mysteriously found on the back left & right side of my neck, and left eye, plus ongoing pain in my left shoulder, what might this mean?

Bruises mysteriously found on the back left & right side of my neck, and left eye, plus ongoing pain in my left shoulder, what might this mean?

Bruises: Mysterious bruising requires a comprehensive evaluation and work up. You should visit your family physician and a hematologist (if necessary) to get a complete physical as well as blood work to further evaluate for clotting deficiencies, anemia, liver abnormalities, leukemia and other conditions that be responsible for these symptoms. ...Read more

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My skin has become very sensitive to touch in certain areas feels like bruise/ burn but nothing visible, stomach, left shoulder, left ribs, been a yr now?

My skin has become very sensitive to touch in certain areas feels like bruise/ burn but nothing visible, stomach, left shoulder, left ribs, been a yr now?

Cutaneous: Hyperesthesia, may be due to multiple underlying medical causes. I suggest a comprehensive physical exam, testing, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment based on same. ...Read more

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My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

"Tap"? W/hammer?: Caused bruising? Something doesn't line up. Not likely heart issue, but could be orthopedic or lung, depending on your specific health issues/meds and what a "tap" is that can cause bruising. Should see your Dr or an Urgent Care for exam and x-ray -or- go to ER if shortness of breath prominent. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been in pain since Monday with my neck and left shoulder blade. I have a swelling at top of spine which is very tender and painful?

Exam: I suggest the use of OTC Advil or Aleve (naproxen) if you are not allergic to these medicines. I strongly recommend OTC BioFreeze to relieve muscular pain. You MUST BE EXAMINED ...Read more

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Pain for over a month started in left leg has spread to left shoulder. Under shoulder blade is tender to touch. What could this be? Its only the left

Pain for over a month started in left leg has spread to left shoulder. Under shoulder blade is tender to touch. What could this be? Its only the left

Could be myofasical: Chronic aches and pains in multiple parts of the body in a young female with otherwise healthy person is most probably myofascial/ fibromyalgia.

Other possible causes like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Lyme disease not to be excluded by a physician who, after a thorough evaluation, may order additional testing ...Read more

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Pain for over a month started in left leg has spread to left shoulder. Under shoulder blade is tender to touch. What could this be? Its only the left.

U need evaluation..: Without a hands on exam & imaging & perhaps some labs. U can C Ur PCP or an internist 2 r/o significant underlying disease process. If need referral he/her can arrange it. ...Read more

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Pain in my left shoulder, mid-trap on top of the shoulder for 5 days It hurts when I raise arm up or shrug Its also tender to touch No trauma suffered?

Pain in my left shoulder, mid-trap on top of the shoulder for 5 days It hurts when I raise arm up or shrug Its also tender to touch No trauma suffered?

Sounds like muscle: Sure does sound like the trapezius. Sometimes overuse or carrying heavy loads can strain this muscle. Try soaking in a warm tub or hot shower. A topical pain reliever like Ben-Gay or Icy Hot may also help. If pain is worsening or not any better would see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a bone hard lump on my left shoulder. It hurts to move and it's tender to touch. The lump it's self has been there for about 4 months but it ha?

I have a bone hard lump on my left shoulder. It hurts to move and it's tender to touch. The lump it's self has been there for about 4 months but it ha?

Lump: This will have to be examined by a physician for diagnosis. If it's movable and tender it could be an inflamed cyst. If it's bony hard and immovable it could be a bone tumor. If it's near the shoulder joint it could be a bone spur. Have it examined. ...Read more

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My left shoulder has had pain it sometimes shoots down into the arm. The tendons around the joint are tender. Its like aching pain bu not always there?

Rotator cuff: Depending on your age could be chronic tendinosis or even a rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuff pain often radiates down side of arm. In patients under forty to fifty this is often the result of tendinopathy or mild degeneration and will usually respond to nonoperative measures. Older patients often have a rotator cuff tear which depending on severity is sometimes best managed with surgery. ...Read more

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Area on left shoulder blade is tender and gets random pins and needles/tingling in it. Normal motion in shoulder and no trauma to area.

Area on left shoulder blade is tender and gets random pins and needles/tingling in it. Normal motion in shoulder and no trauma to area.

See below: You may possess Notalgia Paresthetica, which is annoying but relatively benign. Have your doctor treat this symptomatically. Physical therapy may work. But make sure that the above diagnosis is correct. ...Read more

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Intense pain under left shoulder blade & front of chest (left side)tender when pressing on chest. Under top of arm also. Hurts when moving & deepbreath?

Be seen: Although there are multiple potential causes, you would want to be seen urgently to rule out a cardiac or pulmonary cause such as a pulmonary embolus for example. ...Read more

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Tender to touch left shoulder, back and ribcage. What could this be? Would it be a pulmonary embolism

Tender to touch left shoulder, back and ribcage. What could this be? Would it be a pulmonary embolism

Rarely: PE's only rarely have pain to the touch. Common symptoms of PE are chest pain with breathing, shortness of breath, cough with occasional bloody phlegm, dizziness, calf pain and swelling. Some of the risk factors are hormones like birth control pills, recent surgery, smoking, pregnancy, cancer, and prolonged immobility. PE is a life threatening condition, seek immediate treatment if concerned. ...Read more

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Left neck under ear has off and on dull pain throughout the day, also very localized left shoulder pain, but not muscular, and not tender to touch.

Neck pain: There are several structures within the neck that could be the cause of discomfort. Muscle, ligaments, lymph nodes, carotid artery, thyroid gland, vertebra, nerves, etc. If your symptoms persist have an examination by your physician. ...Read more

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I have a jumping in my left shoulder?

I have a jumping in my left shoulder?

This may well be: A muscle spasm. It may also be an irritated muscle that keeps contracting on an irregular basis. Have you overdone it? Have you been working hard or exercising. There is not enough history here to further dx but if continues see the doc. ...Read more

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My left shoulder hurts and middile of cheast?

My left shoulder hurts and middile of cheast?

Maybe important: Is your pain changed with deep breaths? Is your pain affected by moving your shoulder or pressing against your shoulder? Is your pain affected by pushing on your middle of chest? If your answer is yes, then you have a musculoskeletal problem (issue relating to bone, muscle or other connective tissue and not heart).

If answer no and you have a family history of heart attacks, go to emergency! ...Read more

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What causes pain in left shoulder and ribs while lying on left side?

What causes pain in left shoulder and ribs while lying on left side?

Strain: I cannot provide you with any final diagnosis based on the paucity of date provided, but rib/shoulder pain that is position dependent seems to be more consistent with some musculoskeletal issues such as strain, overuse, especially if there is history of it. If you are in doubt, better be seen as more serious things such as heart and/or abdominal issues may mimic the above. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain with chest discomfort?

Left shoulder pain with chest discomfort?

See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. You can also get neck pain from a muscle strain. In some cases neck and shoulder pain could be related to your heart so be sure to see you physician. ...Read more

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Pain in left shoulder. Worse when sleeping?

Luggage or sports?: Did you recently pull luggage or play some sport? Did you carry something heavy or sleep on the shoulder in an unusual way? The pain you describe sounds like you stretched some ligament or tendon in your shoulder. Try to not use the shoulder or limit motion for a couple of weeks and you should be fine. If not, see an orthopedist or chiropractor. ...Read more

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Pain in left shoulder blade after sleeping?

Need for examination: If the pain lasts more than a day or two, it would be prudent to see your doctor as it is not feasible to provide an opinion without examining you. ...Read more

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Why does my left shoulder keep falling asleep?

Why does my left shoulder keep falling asleep?

Likely your neck: Given your age, you may have cervical strain with can irritate your spinal nerves. This may cause a change in sensation in different areas of your arm. An examination with an orthopaedic surgeon with help confirm the diagnosis and guide your care. A round of anti-inflammatories and physical therapy is typically successful in alleviating your pain. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid from left shoulder pain?

See below: Rest
ice
oral anti-inflammatory medication
cortisone injection.

See your pcp. ...Read more

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How do I relieve throbbing pain in left shoulder?

Diagnosis first: If the pain is from a specific injury, can initially try rice therapy. Otherwise if it just came about, then suggest seeing a doctor for an examination as many things can cause throbbing shoulder pain, most benign and a few not so benign. ...Read more

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What is sharp stabbing pain in left shoulder blade?

What is sharp stabbing pain in left shoulder blade?

Muscular: In all probability it is muscular, however, if it is a long term or re-occurring problem, I would at least ask my doc for a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Severe pain in left shoulder/arm and down left side?

See doctor: Its important to establish a diagnosis. Shoulder/arm/radiating pain could be from 1) referred sources including: neck, abdomen, and heart. 2) shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Therefore proper diagnosis is essential to stopping the pain. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Having left shoulder pain with mild chest discomfort?

Having left shoulder pain with mild chest discomfort?

See doctor now: See a doctor. It may be nothing or it may be a heart problem - do not delay. A man your age may be at high risk for the onset of heart disease. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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