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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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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...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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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Stretch your muscles
10 Min, Daily, forever
Breathe into the area of pain
Once
Visualize the area in spasm relaxing
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Take supplements that support your joints
Daily
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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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Burning stabbing pain in between shoulder blades and spine down to mid back? Hurts on both sides but worse on left

Burning stabbing pain in between shoulder blades and spine down to mid back? Hurts on both sides but worse on left

A few ideas: Burning pain=often nerve pain.Stabbing=usually musculoskeletal.If you have both between shoulders w/more on 1 side, this is common w/ thoracic spine & rib dysfunction.Nerves may be getting stretched or pinched, muscles spasmed, & blood flow compromised.A good history & phys, incl osteopathic hands-on exam may find cause.Treatments may include pain meds, prolotherapy, manipulation,neuroprolo, etc ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Once
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
Daily
Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
Daily
Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when i breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when i breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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Upper back pain between right shoulder blade and spine hurts to breathe?

Upper back pain between right shoulder blade and spine hurts to breathe?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of cartilage between the ribs and is associated with a viral illness, smoking, and other causes such as trauma to the area, physical activity straining the rib cage, arthritis and other causes. Try ice on area, ibruprofen/tylenol to relieve pain, avoid activity that makes it hurt. Chk with doctor for source of pain. Chest xray/physical therapy may help. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Get evaluated by a spine specialist
Once
Walk regularly
30 Min, 3x week, forever
Avoid smoking
Once
Perform gentle back exercises (examples at www.TheRehabZone.com)
20 Min, 3x week, forever
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I have right upper back pain between my shoulder blade and spine, it feels like bruising, it hurts a lot. Why?

I have right upper back pain between my shoulder blade and spine, it feels like bruising, it hurts a lot. Why?

See doctor: Commonly, upper back/shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Shoulder pain could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Ribcage pain can be from rib joints. See orthopedics. ...Read more

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