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My upper left side of my back hurt between my shoulder blade and spine what could this be?

My upper left side of my back hurt between my shoulder blade and spine what could this be?

Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapular nerve, we also see many patients with occult shoulder pathology have referred pain to this area. Patients who are very flexible can also have occult shoulder instability refer pain to this area. Please consider seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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My upper back hurts between my shoulder blades. Someone said stones. What ar they?

My upper back hurts between my shoulder blades. Someone said stones. What ar they?

Refered pain: Gallstones and an inflamed gallbladder can cause referred pain between the shoulders ( pain is called referred when the actual problem isn't where it hurts). Usually, this is accompanied by nausea & vomiting. If it isn't, then gallstones probably aren't the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Whenever i slightly move my neck down, my back hurts, more specifically in between my shoulder blades. What are my options?

Whenever i slightly move my neck down, my back hurts, more specifically in between my shoulder blades. What are my options?

Many possibilities : It sounds like you may have a pinched nerve in your neck, perhaps at the c5 or c6 levels and you may also be developing a secondary frozen shoulder. Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/pinched-nerve-in-shoulder.Htm and http://theshouldercenter.Com/frozen-shoulder.Htm see your doctor. ...Read more

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The middle of my back hurts when i round my shoulders or bring my shoulder blades together what could this be?

The middle of my back hurts when i round my shoulders or bring my shoulder blades together what could this be?

Could be...: Could be muscle spasm or strain. Pain with movement like this often is related to joint or muscle issues. Symptoms like these deserve a full evaluation in person by your health care provider. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my upper back hurts when I stretch back or pull my chest forward. Bringing my two shoulder blades together makes it hurt as wel?

What does it mean when my upper back hurts when I stretch back or pull my chest forward. Bringing my two shoulder blades together makes it hurt as wel?

Poor Posture: The most common cause is,poor,posture, with head and shoulders forward. This pulls scapula laterally, straining the rhomboids,,which hurt when you move the shoulder blades. A good exercise is to place heels, buttock, shoulders and head against the wall, interlock fingers and place back of hands against the forehead, stretch elbows to wall. Scapula thoracic syndrome ...Read more

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Popped neck and now back hurts below shoulder blade. How do I get rid of this pain?

Popped neck and now back hurts below shoulder blade. How do I get rid of this pain?

NSAIDs, PT: This is probably coming from your neck. You would probably benefit from a course of physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, and a cervical pillow. Additional testing may be needed if you dont improve with those treatments. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Left mid back hurts up to shoulder blade when i bend over or stand up sharp stinging pain ?

Left mid back hurts up to shoulder blade when i bend over or stand up sharp stinging pain ?

Muscular Pain: It seems you have pain in the muscles either due to strained muscles or an inflammation in the muscles.You need to take a combination of non steroidal pain medication arond the clock like naprisyn 500 mgm twicw a day or Ibuprofen 400 mgm every six hours.And muscle relaxants like cyclobenzaprin 3 times a day. So check with your doctor and find out exactly what you need. ...Read more

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I've been having general back pain,with random sharp pains in both shoulder blades.sometimes my arm hurts after.how can I treat this?

I've been having general back pain,with random sharp pains in both shoulder blades.sometimes my arm hurts after.how can I treat this?

Physical therapy: Physical therapy can often work wonders for this kind of problem. In addition to treating muscle spasms and relieving any pinched nerves they can give you exercises to help lessen the chance that this will happen again. ...Read more

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I am having a sharp pain in the upper left back pain around the shoulder blade. It only hurts when I breath deeply. In good shape. Never happened.

I am having a sharp pain in the upper left back pain around the shoulder blade. It only hurts when I breath deeply. In good shape. Never happened.

Pleurisy?: This is typically very painful with deep breaths, but only lasts a number of minutes. Its thought to be due to the lining of the lung sticking temporarily to the side of the chest wall. As always, if you're concerned something is wrong , see your primary care provider within the next week or so. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Mom has back pain around the shoulder blade area, right side of the body.She said it hurts especially when she's taking a breath.What could cause this?

Depends: Peri scapular pain can be from either cervical or shoulder problems. But if pain is exacerbated by deep breath then either inflammation of lining of lungs ( pluritis) or inflammation of rib joint can be the cause. Nsaids may be first thing to try. ...Read more

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