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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Right shoulder blade pain - doc says it isn't my gallbladder. Any other ideas?

Right shoulder blade pain - doc says it isn't my gallbladder. Any other ideas?

Commonly missed: Rib: Several possible causes including pleurisy or lung injury, punctured intestine. The most common cause for pain in this location which is not serious, however, but is extremely painful is a dysfunctional rib. Md's almost never make this diagnosis, but osteopathic docs who commonly do hands-on diagnosis and treatment, in addition to doing all the other work-up, often find and treat this problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more


Dr. Tracy Berg
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I have a collapsed gallbladder & is it normal to have HORRIBLE pain under the shoulder blade?

I have a collapsed gallbladder & is it normal to have HORRIBLE pain under the shoulder blade?

Pain on right: Your liver is on your right side below the ribs. Gallbladder is tucked under the liver. Right side abdominal pain, above the belly button is usually where it hurts with a bad gallbladder. The pain occurs after eating, especially fatty foods, can be severe. If pain lasts more than an hour or if you vomit get to your doctor. Ultrasound, and/or TECH HIDA can diagnose. Ask for surgery consult. Be well ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Does pain under the right shoulder blade indicate a gallbladder problem?

Does pain under the right shoulder blade indicate a gallbladder problem?

It can-referred pain: The same nerves that innervate the diaphragm go to the shoulder, as well. Therefore, anything that irritates the diaphragm, such as gallbladder or liver problems, can be "referred" to the shoulder. If the only symptom is shoulder pain (ie, no abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, etc), i would search for other causes. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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After gallbladder surgery, pain in right shoulder blade common?

After gallbladder surgery, pain in right shoulder blade common?

Shoulder pain: Not common, but it does happen if the diaphragmatic nerves are irritated and there is referred pain to the posterior shoulder. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Stevens
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Pain in right shoulder blade it is worse when I put my chin to my chest. Is this definitely muscoskeltal or do I need to worry of gallbladder or aorta?

Pain in right shoulder blade it is worse when I put my chin to my chest. Is this definitely muscoskeltal or do I need to worry of gallbladder or aorta?

Sounds muscular: right sided pin when you move your chin to chest sounds like a muscle related pain. Gallbladder pain is related to eating. Aortic pain is between shoulder blades. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower
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Constant pain under right shoulder blade. Worst when laying on back and when lift arm. Can it be gallbladder? No other symptom

Constant pain under right shoulder blade. Worst when laying on back and when lift arm.  Can it be gallbladder? No other symptom

Doubtful: not your classic gall bladder symptoms. Gall bladder issues really would not change or occur with movements of you arm. Sounds like a sprain. Get eval. best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Daniel Mckenna
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Pain in r shoulder blade area that is tender when pushed on and makes r arm ache. Would any internal organ, aorta, gallbladder causes feel like that?

Pain in r shoulder blade area that is tender when pushed on and makes r arm ache. Would any internal organ, aorta, gallbladder causes feel like that?

Possibly: usually, gallbladder or aortic pain would not feel worse with pressure on the scapula. Have you been doing any physical activity? Sometimes, certain exercises and activities strain the rhomboids and infraspinatus muscles causing similar pain. If you're not getting better, get checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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43 yro female w/o gallbladder. Pain under right shoulder blade, right rib cage and lower quadrant worsened by eating.

43 yro female w/o gallbladder. Pain under right shoulder blade, right rib cage and lower quadrant worsened by eating.

If the pain is the -: -sane as B 4, there is the possibility still of a common duct stone, so get in 2 C Ur surgeon 4 eval ...Read more

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Dr. Devon Webster
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I'm having pain in my right shoulder blade, a bit in the right side of my chest too. No pain in abdomen but having burping. Gallbladder?

Possibly!: You are right, gallbladder pain can sometimes be felt in the right shoulder blade or side. But other things can cause pain there. If it hurts when you breathe in, you should see a doctor right away to rule out a blood clot to your lungs. Pleurisy (inflammation of the lung lining), muscle strain, fluid around the lung, and even problems with the esophagus, liver, or pancreas can cause this. ...Read more

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