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Doctor insights on: My Left Shoulder Clicks A Lot And Is Painful Between My Shoulder Blades

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Whenever I move my left shoulder backwards, my shoulder clicks. My right shoulder doesn't click -- only my left one. What does it mean? Is it serious?

Whenever I move my left shoulder backwards, my shoulder clicks. My right shoulder doesn't click -- only my left one. What does it mean? Is it serious?

Not necessarily: If you are not having any more trouble than that, it is not likely serious. You may have a subtle instability in the shoulder that clicks. If it causes you more problem, don't hesitate to be seen. A detailed exam would likely determine the cause. ...Read more

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I have a clicking in my left shoulder when doing push ups, should I be worried? Is there anything I should be doing to fix this issue?

I have a clicking in my left shoulder when doing push ups, should I be worried? Is there anything I should be doing to fix this issue?

Depends: If it doesn't hurt or lead to difficulty or pain when moving the shoulder, it may simply be "normal." clicks can be caused by several different processes, and if there is pain involved, you should hold off on the push-ups for now and see a medical professional at your earliest convenience to make sure the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the shoulder are all ok. ...Read more

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Hi when I use the pec dec at the gym ive recently noticed a clicking in my left shoulder. I don't want this to escalate into something more serious.?

Balance: Typically this is from an imbalance of musculature between your chest and your back muscles and you are too strong in the chest compared to the back. Do exercises that are pulling motions to strengthen the muscles around your scapula and rear deltoid and the clicking should improve. Clicking alone is not a big issue as long as that part of the body doesn't hurt, if it hurts and clicks see MD. ...Read more

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I have a clicking/grinding in my left shoulder. Movement is fine but its sometimes sore and aches. What could this be?

I have a clicking/grinding in my left shoulder. Movement is fine but its sometimes sore and aches. What could this be?

Rotator Cuff Problem: Without a proper examination, a diagnosis cannot be made. But based on symptoms it sound as if you may have a rotator cuff problem. It may be just some tendinosis or you may have an impingement and/or a partial cuff tear. Because of your symptoms you need to be evaluated by sports medicine physician or orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I fell on my left shoulder months ago. Didn't hurt but now everytime I rotate my arm I heard a click sound on the joint. Is it a dislocated shoulder?

I fell on my left shoulder months ago. Didn't hurt but now everytime I rotate my arm I heard a click sound on the joint. Is it a dislocated shoulder?

No: A dislocated shoulder would cause immediate severe pain that would only resolve after the shoulder was reduced back into the joint. It is more likely that you damaged something within your shoulder when you had the injury. If you tore your genius labrum, for example, it would cause similar symptoms. Don't hesitate to be seen if you are having trouble with it. ...Read more

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My right shoulder clicks constantly when I make a repetitive movement with my arm, the actual click isn't painful but I have had pain in nearby muscle?

My right shoulder clicks constantly when I make a repetitive movement with my arm, the actual click isn't painful but I have had pain in nearby muscle?

Bursitis: It sounds like you may have a bursitis with inflammation. This typically results in some scar tissue and the typical clicking with movement. If it is not painful than it is not a problem, if it is painful then sometimes a steroid injection my help along with physical therapy. In any case, an MRI would be needed to make the final diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes a very painful spasm around the left shoulder blade? It hurts to move my neck also.

What causes a very painful spasm around the left shoulder blade? It hurts to move my neck also.

Varies: There are a number of potential causes, from a pinched nerve in the neck to a peri scapular problem such as a subscapular bursitis. A physical exam would usually give a good idea, don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I've been having pain in left shoulder blade in to my chest and going to lower back. Very painful and nothing is helping can you help please?

Injections?: Commonly, shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Ribcage/chest pain can be from rib joints. Sometimes, trigger point steroid injection of the shoulder balde bursitis can be helpful along with physical therapy, and medications such as muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Experiencing a very sharp pain in left shoulder under end of blade it where soft tissue is. Taking deep breath bending down is when it's most painful?

Peri scapular pain: This sounds like periscapular pain. The muscles that surround your shoulder blade can get strained or overworked either due to a shoulder injury (rotator cuff) or from certain overuse activities. Periscapular pain can be treated by massage to that area, heat can help, physical therapy to rehab the shoulder and also address the periscapular muscles and topical or oral anti inflammatory medications ...Read more

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Incredibly painful left shoulder blade. Hurts to move neck. Worse at night, feels like arm is being ripped off. Ideas about what to?

Incredibly painful left shoulder blade. Hurts to move neck. Worse at night, feels like arm is being ripped off. Ideas about what to?

Rotator cuff injury?: If the shoulder blade pain is "inside" toward mid back, then likely muscle spasm. If the pain is "outside" toward the shoulder & going down the arm, then may be a type of nerve pain. If you sleep with elbow up under your head, then may be rotator cuff injury. You must sleep with elbow down - below chest level. If that doesn't help and the pain persists, then do see your medical provider. ...Read more

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Terrible middle back pain and under left shoulder blade very very painful so bad I can’t stand it I just want to die! It comes and goes?

Terrible middle back pain and under left shoulder blade very very painful so bad I can’t stand it I just want to die! It comes and goes?

Get seen now!: Pain that is that severe means that you have to get seen STAT. So go to the ER now, please! Pain in the back and shoulder could be coming from an abdominal cause. Even heart disease can present this way, especially in women. So get seen now. You don't want to get worse, do you? ...Read more

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I have severe left shoulder blade and top shoulder\arm pain and, inflammation, been over 5mnths getting worse, bad painful grind\pop diff places,?

I have severe left shoulder blade and top shoulder\arm pain and, inflammation, been over 5mnths getting worse, bad painful grind\pop diff places,?

5 months duration?: It is long need investigation, unknowingly you may have injured. Some of the rotator cuff injuries patients do not know how they got injured, see your doctor preferably orthopedic, for examination and tests possible MRI. ...Read more

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Just found lump left shoulder blade. Extremely painful this is day 2 and I can't stand straight now had melonma removed 2yrs ago no insurance? E.R vis

Just found lump left shoulder blade. Extremely painful this is day 2 and I can't stand straight now had melonma removed 2yrs ago no insurance? E.R vis

Need to be checked: You had melanoma removed and now have a lump, it needs to be checked. Er is not the right place, you should go to clinic where it can be followed or see the doctors who treated you. ...Read more

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Extremely sharp burning pain between left shoulder blade and spine? Hurts a lot worse when I move or stand up.

Thoracic outlet?: Thoracic syndrome is a condition that is caused by compression of nerves or blood vessels. See your PCP for evaluation, diagnosis, treatment or referral. ...Read more

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Tingling under left shoulder blade, sometimes it aches, but seems to tingle a lot now, any ideas. Very weird feeling and uncomfortable?

Tingling under left shoulder blade, sometimes it aches, but seems to tingle a lot now, any ideas. Very weird feeling and uncomfortable?

Shoulder pain: Shoulder pain common causes and presentations are many but most frequent are soft tissue injury. Like a muscle sprain or even a rotator cuff injury. These injuries can cause pain in the shoulder which could radiate down the arm or to the neck. Other causes could be radiating injury from the neck. Either way you need to see a doctor to further evaluate your problem. Rest the shoulder for now :) ...Read more

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I have been in pain since Monday with my neck and left shoulder blade. I have a swelling at top of spine which is very tender and painful?

Exam: I suggest the use of OTC Advil or Aleve (naproxen) if you are not allergic to these medicines. I strongly recommend OTC BioFreeze to relieve muscular pain. You MUST BE EXAMINED ...Read more

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My right shoulder is lower than the left shoulder, also my left knee gets painful when I lift gym weights, are they inter-relatrd? Thx a lot doctors.

My right shoulder is lower than the left shoulder, also my left knee gets painful when I lift gym weights, are they inter-relatrd? Thx a lot doctors.

Probably unrelated: I would think that the shoulder height discrepancy might be
related to either a scoliosis or muscular problem affecting the
upper back region.
The knee pain with exercise is probably related to a specific knee
problem and should be evaluated by an orthopedist along with a
discussion of the type of exercise which causes problems. ...Read more

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Pain in left shoulder (especially painful when I reach behind to fasten bra). Knotted muscle in muscle above shoulder blade and pain in left side if neck when turning head?

Pain in left shoulder (especially painful when I reach behind to fasten bra). Knotted muscle in muscle above shoulder blade and pain in left side if neck when turning head?

Rotator cuff: It could be your rotator cuff, which consists of a group of muscles involved in internal and external rotation of the shoulder. Some of these symptoms can radiate to the neck. However you need to be examined by a physiatrist to determine if it's actually coming from the neck or shoulder, or if it's trigger points, all of which are treated differently. ...Read more

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Noticeable pain only in left shoulder blade with some movement, but mostly when taking a deep breath. Have been under much stress & smoking a lot.

Noticeable pain only in left shoulder blade with some movement, but mostly when taking a deep breath. Have been under much stress & smoking a lot.

Pain is a message: While none of us likes pain, pain can be a good thing - it tells us something is wrong, or soemthing we are doing is wrong. When pain is associated with breathing and heavy smoking, it's message translated into voice is: go see your doc to get it checked out and stop smoking! Smoking or drinking is a poor way to cope with stress - try eating/sleeping right exercise n a clinical psychologist. ...Read more

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Localized upper left sharp abdo pain radiates to left shoulder blade. I have the urge to burp and release gas a lot. What causes this pain?

Localized upper left sharp abdo pain radiates to left shoulder blade. I have the urge to burp and release gas a lot. What causes this pain?

Abdominal pain: Left upper abdominal pain can be related to a gastric ulcer, or an intestinal problem, like diverticulitis, which is uncommon in your age. In order to check for ulcer you can check a blood test for a bacteria called h. Pylori. If you have it, 2 weeks of antibiotics and acid blocker can be effective. An upper endoscopy can provide a definitive diagnosis for ulcer. ...Read more

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Left arm feels sore last few weeks I have a lot of knots in my left shoulder blade area and neck. The soreness goes down to elbow what can I do to help

Left arm feels sore last few weeks I have a lot of knots in my left shoulder blade area and neck. The soreness goes down to elbow what can I do to help

Cervical nerve root: Irritation of the mid and lower nerve roots in the cervical spine (neck part of the vertebral column), as in radiculopathy. Certain viral infections (e.g. Herpez zoster) may be implicated in this presentation. Other conditions are possible. Please see your doctor for a detailed evaluation. Until then, otc nsaids as directed. ...Read more

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Painful breathing thru back and chest near lower left shoulder blade, esp with deep breaths. Some shortness of breath coughs, tight chest. Off &on 3w?

Costochondritis: The pain you describe is typical of either costochondritis pleurisy. The shortness of breath, chest tightness and cough maybe from asthma. The only way to find out what's going on is by an in person visit to a physicians office. ...Read more

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My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

"Tap"? W/hammer?: Caused bruising? Something doesn't line up. Not likely heart issue, but could be orthopedic or lung, depending on your specific health issues/meds and what a "tap" is that can cause bruising. Should see your Dr or an Urgent Care for exam and x-ray -or- go to ER if shortness of breath prominent. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, for about a month I've had severe pain in between my shoulder blades, the pain moves to my left shoulder and chest?

Need Consultation: Could be several causes, however it could also be heart problem that needs attention now. ...Read more

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What could cause pain below left shoulder blade?

What could cause pain below left shoulder blade?

Varies: There are a lot of possibilities, it can be from the muscles and soft tissues around the scapula; it could represent an irritation of a nerve in the mid back; there are also underlying structures in that area that can cause pain as well such as the pancreas causing left sided peri scapular pain. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more