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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Swelling In Left Shoulder

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Swelling behind the left shoulder blade, what could be wrong?

Swelling behind the left shoulder blade, what could be wrong?

Muscle strain: The swelling could be from a muscle strain, or possibly inflammation of the bursa sac of the shoulder blade. I would recommend you have this evaluated. ...Read more

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pain in my left shoulder blade, along with swelling around it. I cant move my arm, lift things, sit back or lay down. Did i tear something?

  pain in my left shoulder blade, along with swelling around it. I cant move my arm, lift things, sit back or lay down. Did i tear something?

Possibly: You need to review what you have done. If you have been playing sports or lifting something heavy, you might. It sound as if there is enough pain and inflammation that you need to see your doctor or ortho doctor as soon as possible. ...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?

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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I had surgery on my left shoulder they put a nerve block in my neck now I have swelling all the time in the area where the block was inserted what is causing the swelling?

I had surgery on my left shoulder they put a nerve block in my neck now I have swelling all the time in the area where the block was inserted what is causing the swelling?

Depends: On how long ago you had the surgery. If it has been several weeks then you should be looked at. Swelling for a few days is not unusual. There are blood vessels in the area of the block that may have bled leaving a hematoma. If it is hot and red then get checked out asap. ...Read more

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My mother has swelling on her left shoulder almost near the neck and it is going towards her back. She has no pain. What can this be?

My mother has swelling on her left shoulder almost near the neck and it is going towards her back. She has no pain. What can this be?

Needs evaluation: This needs to be properly evaluated. Your description fits a simple lump of fat called a lipoma, or cancer spread from somewhere else in the body to a lymph node. You should encourage and support her to seek proper help. If it is nothing, it can end up being ignored. Or, getting prompt treatment might be life-saving. ...Read more

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Really bad pains below left shoulder, the thighs, and left and right testicle with light swelling, really bad headaches , what could this be?

Really bad pains below left shoulder, the thighs, and left and right testicle with light swelling, really bad headaches , what could this be?

No sense: Really makes no since from an anatomy or neurological standpoint. Could be a prodrome of a viral illness starting. Give it a few days and seek care if worsens or changes. ...Read more