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Left shoulder blade pain over a month. Worse lying, comes & goes standing. Orthopedic said nothing. Gallbladder out. Should I see another dr? Serious?

Left shoulder blade pain over a month. Worse lying, comes & goes standing. Orthopedic said nothing. Gallbladder out. Should I see another dr? Serious?

Shoulder pain: Presence of pain is the bodies way of telling us something is wrong. So yes you need to seek another opinion, perhaps some testing should be ordered. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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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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Sharp pain under right rib cage traveling to back shoulder blade. Pain lasts over 10hrs. Gallbladder stones ruled out by Dr. Nothing relieves pain.?

Could still be: Your gallbladder. Many time the GB doesn't empty properly, and removing it relieves the pain. This can be tested for with a CKK HIDA scan, which tracks the filling, then emptying, of your GB. We have the arbitrary criterion of 35% as "normal" but the main thing is do you experience the same pain when you have the test? If not, the pain lies elsewhere. ...Read more

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Light pain 3-inches right of belly button, nausea shoulder blade pain. Hiatel hernia. Could it be gallbladder? Prior cdiff, diverticulitis a year ago.

Light pain 3-inches right of belly button, nausea shoulder blade pain. Hiatel hernia. Could it be gallbladder? Prior cdiff, diverticulitis a year ago.

Could be gallbladder: Many things are in the upper abdomen: stomach, pancreas, liver, small intestine, gall bladder, large intestine, abdominal muscles, etc... An exam by a primary care doctor can help figure things out. Pain in the right upper abdomen, plus symptoms that occur after eating, can be due to gallstones or other gall bladder disease. A doctor can evaluate for gall bladder problems. ...Read more

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Left rib and shoulder blade pain. Gallbladder gone 1 yr. Ago causing terrible GERD and ab. Pain. CT, blood, endo clear 8 mo. Ago. Pain reflux related?

Unlikely: Based on the location, I would say it's unlikely to be gerd related. Sounds like it may be more of a musculoskeletal type of pain. Maybe try some yoga? Sounds crazy, but it could work. Hope this helps! ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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Can your gallbladder cause you to have pain in the rt side of your back near your shoulder blade and severe indigestion but no abdomen pain?

Yes it can, not all-: -gall bladder disease does not follow the rules. So Ur symptoms can very well B referred pain from it. Also it is related 2 fatty foods. C Ur internist 4 eval. A physical xam as well as tests R needed 2 confirm the gall bladder as the culprit. ...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?

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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Is gallbladder pain dangerous? Sharp pain when breathing in under right rib, & pain in right shoulder blade, worse when lying down.

Gall bladder pain is: Usually associated with eating fatty foods. U may B having " gas pains ". If constipated, the bowls R moving stool along, and if there's a gas bubble, the peristalsis pushes the air around the hard stool. This causes increased pressure or stretching of the colon wall. The body has great pressure sensors, & this increase hurts as the air bubble is pushed by, deep breath adds 2incrs press & it's pnfl ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed 13 yrs ago. Today I had white stools and have mild pain under my right shoulder blade. Could it be another stone? Age 60

I had my gallbladder removed 13 yrs ago. Today I had white stools and have mild pain under my right shoulder blade. Could it be another stone? Age 60

Stone: Unlikely to be another stone 13 years later.
You must make an appointment with your primary doctor and explain your concerns.

Hope all goes well - please keep me posted! ...Read more

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Sharp pain upper right under rib cage & back shoulder blade. Soft stools with mucus no gallbladder, fatty liver, high triglycerides idea causing pain?

Sharp pain upper right under rib cage & back shoulder blade. Soft stools with mucus no gallbladder, fatty liver, high triglycerides idea causing pain?

Right rib cage pain: Could be a retained stone especially if the gallbladder was removed laproscopically or biliary dyskinesia. may also be scarring or what is know as Postcholecysectomy syndrome. You have fatty liver and elevated Tg. Fish oil daily (2000 mg) can help with elevated TG. Please call you doctor in AM or visit urgent care/ ER you need evaluation and checking LFT, ultrasound possibly CT ...Read more

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Sharp pain under the right shoulder blade from gall bladder?

Sharp pain under the right shoulder blade from gall bladder?

Referred pain: This is classic; the pain fibers from the region of the bottom of the right shoulder blade and the bile duct system cross in the spinal cord. It's familiar to every medical student and common in the clinic. ...Read more

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Steady pain in right upper back only, right of shoulder blade, feels worse when moving, but didn't pull it or injure it, wondering if gall bladder?

Sounds more...: Musculoskeletal, but should see md to check it out. Gb pain is more in midline to right upper abdomen, dull, achy, may be severe, nay radiate to back (often between shoulder blades); often builds over hours, associated commonly with vomiting. Other issues can cause back pain., including kidney, pancreas, ulcer, other. "typical" gb patient: fat, fertile, forty, female: certainly, there are exception. ...Read more

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Pain in right shoulder blade area & right arm pit extending across chest area. Had gall bladder removed could that have anything to do with this?

Pain in right shoulder blade area & right arm pit extending across chest area. Had gall bladder removed could that have anything to do with this?

Yes if: Hi, If your gall bladder was removed laparoscopically within the past 5-7 days, then the pain you are having is due to the carbon dioxide used to inflate your abdomen during the surgery (thereis a neuro-anatomical reason for this).The percocet you are taking should help and the pain should disappear after the CO2 is all gone. If your gb surgery was much longer ago, see a doctor soon. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sharp pain under left shoulder blade. Movement-no pain, breathing-pain. Prev on blood thinner 4 clot. Off 1 month. Gall bladder out 1 wk. Another clot?

Sharp pain under left shoulder blade. Movement-no pain, breathing-pain. Prev on blood thinner 4 clot. Off 1 month. Gall bladder out 1 wk. Another clot?

Possibly: You have pleuritic pain - meaning respiratory motion (rubbing of the pleural surfaces or the muscles of respiration) provokes pain. A recurrent blood clot is certainly a possibility. Especially if you have history of blood clots, are off medication, and had recent surgery - all risk factors. You definitely need to be evaluated right away. ...Read more

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Had up right back -shoukder pain for 20mths. My gallbladder is functioning 9%. This pain is daily. Galbladder related? Or something serious?

Had up right back -shoukder pain for 20mths. My gallbladder is functioning 9%. This pain is daily. Galbladder related? Or something serious?

Need more informatio: Back ; shoulder pain daily, by itself, is not likely due to gallbladder dysfunction. If you are having upper abdominal discomfort ; nausea after eating, then that may be a gallbladder symptom. Isolated back ; shoulder pain is much more likely to be a muscular pain in origin. ...Read more

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Tender to touch 2 inches above bellybutton to the right goes to back some mild burning between shoulder blades? Gallbladder?

Tender to touch 2 inches above bellybutton to the right goes to back some mild burning between shoulder blades? Gallbladder?

Gallbladder symptoms: "Biliary" symptoms are sub-acute onset of right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort (radiates to right shoulder blade, crescendoing over several minutes, resolving over 6-8 hours +/-nausea/vomit. This typically occurs after a fatty meal due to a gallstone becoming impacted in the cystic duct (connection of gallbladder to biliary tree). Acalculous cholecystitis is a sick gallbladder without stones. ...Read more

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Why am I having pain between my shoulder blades? What is back there? Healthy except for gall bladder and utis.

Why am I having pain between my shoulder blades? What is back there? Healthy except for gall bladder and utis.

Back pain: Pain between your shoulder blades in considered back pain.
There are many causes of back pain the most common is related to muscle strain or sprain. Other spinal, aorta, heart, and lung conditions can also be causes. See your doctor for an evaluation that includes physical exmaniation, chest and/or spinal xrays. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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