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I get random, very sharp pains under my left shoulder blade that last seconds. I know I have a kidney stone there, Is that it moving? Thanks!

I get random, very sharp pains under my left shoulder blade that last seconds. I know I have a kidney stone there, Is that it moving? Thanks!

Unlikely related: Most likely the pain is unrelated to the kidney stone since the kidney stone pain would most likely persist. They often cause blood in the urine which you may or may not see. Most often it does change the color of the urine, however. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Can kidney stones cause shoulder pain?

Can kidney stones cause shoulder pain?

Possible: It is possible to have an abdominal problem cause pain in the shoulder but as far as kidney stones causing shoulder pain, it is unlikely. ...Read more

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I have kidney stones and now pain when I eat could something be wrong Besides the stones? I also am having a sharp pain behind my right shoulder blade

I have kidney stones and now pain when I eat could something be wrong Besides the stones? I also am having a sharp pain behind my right shoulder blade

? Gallstones: While unrelated to kidney stones, it's not impossible to also be experiencing colicky pain from cholelithiasis. Gallstone pain is typically precipitated from the ingestion of fatty foods, and is manifested as pain under the right rib cage and penetrating toward the back ("under your shoulder blade"). Gallstones are typically radiolucent and, therefore, need to be seen on US or CT scan. ...Read more

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I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

Pinched nerve?: There are many things that can present this way. Part of the differential is a cervical radiculopathy or radiculitis (this is when nerves in your neck become pinched or irritated). If your symptoms persist or worsen (such as weakness), seek medical attention. Commonly (if this is what you do have.), a trial of physical therapy is very successful, but occasionally, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder cause pain left shoulder blade? It's hurting in the right and middle too. Have suspected gallbladder disease w/out stones-

Yes: Gallbladder can hurt in several areas and pain radiates to some areas. HIDA scan can help to diagnose dysfunctional GB. Also, if normal - endoscopy may help to rule out GERD, hiatal hernia that may cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Hx of kidney stones one was called gravel and past couple days have had L flank pain but now I have pain in both sides and its radiating up to scapula?

Here are some...: The feature & distribution of the described pain seem not suggesting from kidneys and finding kidney stone from CT scan is often incidental. How to sort these things out correctly is not that hard if following instructions in http://www. Formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html; thereby, you gain much insight on how to work closely with Doc so to reach possible Dx for reasonable Rx, care, & counseling. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain. You don't describe radicular symptoms that would suggest a neurologic etiology. Initial treatment after an H&P and imaging usually starts with NSAIDs and maybe a muscle relaxer and also some therapy exercises to see if your symptoms will get better ...Read more

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Help please? What is causing left shoulder pain next to my shoulder blade?

Help please? What is causing left shoulder pain next to my shoulder blade?

Muscle pain: Try ice and heat and stretching. If no relief see your doctor for an evaluation and diagnosis. Could also be a nerve pain or other cause. ...Read more

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I am having left shoulder pain under shoulder blade and a dry skin area. Need some help please?

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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Experienced left lower back pain expected to be caused by kidney stones but UTB is normal. What else could be possible causes on this?

Experienced left lower back pain expected to be caused by kidney stones but UTB is normal. What else could be possible causes on this?

The spine: Low back pain is commonly related to arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis or strains. Issues related to spine instability are also possble causes. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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I have severe left shoulder pain, above my shoulder blade. Pain is worse when I breath it hurts my heart. Pain gets bad when I eat or drink?

Need evaluation: This could be chest wall muscle pain, pain from inside the chest sometimes call pleurisy, pain from your heart, sometimes call pericarditis, or some other reason. You need to see your physician to get this evaluated. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back pain that radiates to my left side? It sometimes hurts all the way around my pelvic area. I have had kidney stones before.

Non-spine low back: Low back pain is very common, and can arise from back and other problems. Red flags for urgent evaluation include include history of trauma, fever, incontinence, unexplained weight loss, a cancer history, long-term steroid use, parenteral drug abuse, intense localized pain, and Inability to get comfortable. Apart from these, see your doctor to evaluate referred pain or recurrent kidney stone. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Discuss with MD: You have a lot going on for your age, please discuss this with your doctor, you may warrant some further testing. This is not a good forum for this question as we can not diagnose "pinched nerve" without examination and testing. Your doctor may order a nerve conduction test coupled with an emg, or an MRI if they have not done so already. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your left shoulder blade hurts along with kidney pain?

See a doctor: Shoulder pain: its important to establish a diagnosis. Shoulder pain could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. A kidney/abdominal problem could refer pain to the shoulder. Therefore proper diagnosis is essential to stopping the pain. See an orthopedist or general surgeon. ...Read more

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I've been having pain in left shoulder blade in to my chest and going to lower back. Very painful and nothing is helping can you help please?

Injections?: Commonly, shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Ribcage/chest pain can be from rib joints. Sometimes, trigger point steroid injection of the shoulder balde bursitis can be helpful along with physical therapy, and medications such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I woke up with really bad back pain this morning on my left shoulder blade and in my lower back. I've got nausea aswell. Do you know what this may be?

Can be heart related: Can be coronary heart disease, angina, dissecting thoracic or abdominal aneurysm. I would go to an emergency room as soon as possible and get your heart and blood vessels evaluated. ...Read more

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Upper right back pain below ribcage, strained rite leg, right shoulder pain, rite eye pain, belching, stomach pain eating sweets, 0.3mm kidney stone. Cause?

Various Pain: Seems like you have a lot going on and it is mostly right sided, but these complaints are not likely related, especially the eye and the leg pains. It is best to see your primary care physician to help separate these pains and determine individual etiologies so a treatment plan can be made. ...Read more

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I have concretion (sand like particles) not kidney stone, can it cause pain in the back, side, hip, urinary blader and penis area? How long it heals up

I have concretion (sand like particles) not kidney stone, can it cause pain in the back, side, hip, urinary blader and penis area? How long it heals up

Yes: "stones" in the kidney are not usually the large "staghorn" type people think of. You usually have to use a strainer or tea bag to filter your urine in order to capture the "stones." therefore, you certainly may have kidney stones. Until they pass, the pain may be there. There are other things which may cause pain in addition to stones, so make sure that is what you have. ...Read more

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Passed a kidney stone about a month ago, still some throbbing pain in the left lower back area. Is this normal?

Passed a kidney stone about a month ago, still some throbbing pain in the left lower back area. Is this normal?

Residual pain: Kidney stones may be solitary or multiple. Kidney stones may fragment. As a stone passes, it often scrapes the ureter and causes bleeding. These rough irritations can cause ongoing pain, but ongoing pain is unusual. Ongoing pain suggests a second stone or a fragment of a stone. A urine analysis and culture and ultrasound are next steps. Forcing fluids up to 3-4 liters per day is essential. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi fowler I have pain in back and front ribs it feels like I got punched it is all on the left side could it be kidney stones?

Dr. Heidi fowler I have pain in back and front ribs it feels like I got punched it is all on the left side could it be kidney stones?

Check for these sx's: Kidney stones often cause extreme pain of back & flank (below ribs) & possible lower abdominal / groin pain. Do you have strong urges to urinate? Is urination painful? Any nausea or vomiting? Is urine discolored? Any recent trauma? It you have severe unexplained pain - evaluation is prudent. ...Read more

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Having pain in my lower back, one the left side. Near my kidneys. Not symptoms of kidney stones. Pain worsens when tilting head forward, help!

Having pain in my lower back, one the left side. Near my kidneys. Not symptoms of kidney stones. Pain worsens when tilting head forward, help!

Pain in back: This pain seems muscular, not internal - particularly since your pain worsens with tilting head forward. Apply heat, stretch, relax. ...Read more

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I've had pain in my left side and back. Been to my dr several times and put on antibotics for infections. Pain is worse could it be kidney stones/fail?

Unlikely a stone: Would want to know if pain is intermittent or steady. Kidney stone pain usually comes and goes is associated with nausea/vomiting, radiates from the flank to the groin, and most importantly, usually makes the patient feel like moving. Whereas pain from say, a sprained muscle in the back would make you hesitant to move, the pain from a kidney stone often makes you feel uncomfortable sitting still ...Read more

Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more


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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. They can be extremely painful until they pass or are ...Read more