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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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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


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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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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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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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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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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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Ive been have pain/ discomfort in right upper abdomen by ribs that radiate to the side .burning sensation under my skin othrt times its cramp like. I also have intermittent discomfort in right shoulder blade. Dr thought it was gallbladder. Ultrasound sh

Ive been have pain/ discomfort in right upper abdomen by ribs that radiate to the side .burning sensation under my skin othrt times its cramp like. I also have intermittent discomfort in right shoulder blade.  Dr thought it was gallbladder.  Ultrasound sh

It depends: There are many possible causes. An irritation of a nerve in the thoracic pain can cause pain to radiate around one side of the trunk. A gallbladder problem can cause pain radiating into the right side as can a lung and kidney problem. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually tell the cause. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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My right shoulder blade hurts. Is this normal after removal of the gallbladder?

My right shoulder blade hurts.  Is this normal after removal of the gallbladder?

Yes it can be: The shoulder blade region is a common area of referred pain from the GI system and gallbladder pain can be referred to this area. ...Read more

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