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Have a pain under my left shoulder blade that hurts when I cough or clear throat. The pain radiates down arm with little finger tingling?

Have a pain under my left shoulder blade that hurts when I cough or clear throat. The pain radiates down arm with little finger tingling?

Pinched nerve: Because patients having cardiac problems can have these symptoms, you should have this ruled out. But the most common cause is an irritation of a nerve in the neck by a bone spur or herniation that can cause pain or numbness that runs down the arm into the hand. An MRI can usually show the cause of the problem if it does not resolve. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Why is my ribs on the right side and my shoulder blade is also hurting when I cough what could the be. Could that be my liver.

Why is my ribs on the right side and my shoulder blade is also hurting when I cough what could the be. Could that be my liver.

Usually no problem: However, make sure your right lung is not collapsed. Check with your doc and ask about the need for a cxr. Liver problem would be very unusual. ...Read more

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I am having dull collarbone pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain on the right side. Hurts to cough as well.

I am having dull collarbone pain, shoulder pain, and neck pain on the right side. Hurts to cough as well.

Hard to say: For this type of complaint a face to face exam and history is required. Did you get into an injury? Are you having a respiratory infection? Is there chest pain? You'll get more answers with an exam by a doctor. I would see one at an urgent care as soon as you can. ...Read more

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I repeatedly punched a door and now neck and shoulder pain is almost unbearable for a week. Stiffness in neck and hurts to cough or sneeze. What I do?

I repeatedly punched a door and now neck and shoulder pain is almost unbearable for a week. Stiffness in neck and hurts to cough or sneeze. What I do?

Get evaluated: Since you repeatedly punched a door you may have injured muscle, tendon, bone, nerve or all four. The best thing for you to do is ice the area for twenty minutes at a time and see your provider. ...Read more

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Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

Right side of chest and shoulder hurts, coughing up blood, headace, and cough that won't go away. Heeelp?

See below: Go. See your physician. There are numerous pulmonary problems it the differential diagnosis with your symptoms. A thorough history and physical exam is necessary. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Mom has r shoulder pain cannot lift the arm past about 90 degrees of flexion &abduction limited rotation hurts to cough. Swollen and hard to touch.?

Mom has r shoulder pain cannot lift the arm past about 90 degrees of flexion &abduction limited rotation hurts to cough. Swollen and hard to touch.?

Could be infection: Gout, pseudogout, cancer, or any number of conditions. If you leave it alone, it could result in frozen shoulder. She should see an orthopedic surgeon before it becomes more serious. ...Read more

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Severe right shoulder pain, hurts to breathe cough, laugh, do anything pretty much. My whole right shoulder blade area and makes my arm feel heavy?

Severe right shoulder pain, hurts to breathe cough, laugh, do anything pretty much. My whole right shoulder blade area and makes my arm feel heavy?

Sounds muscular but: While this sounds muscular, the diffuculty breathing makes me worry about any possible lung involvement. You need to be evaluated by your primary care to rule out pulmonary disease then decide on proper evaluation of your pain. ...Read more

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Have shoulder pain in left arm while and after I cough. Had cough and cold since a week. Don't have cold now but mild cough. Still taking cough syrup?

Have shoulder pain in left arm while and after I cough. Had cough and cold since a week. Don't have cold now but mild cough. Still taking cough syrup?

Cervical arthritis: Common cause of these complaints is a neck problem- cervical arthritis or disc injury. Coughing will bring these out. The relationship is frequent and not something to worry about. This may be an early warning that you need professionally focused upper body exercise that avoids neck strain. Cough should be checked if it continues past next week. Rx controls any cough-even TB. ...Read more

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I have intense neck and shoulder pain. Can't move my head, breathe, cough, or sneeze without severe pain?

I have intense neck and shoulder pain. Can't move my head, breathe, cough, or sneeze without severe pain?

Need to see you doc!: If your pain is this intense then go see a physician. Did your neck and shoulder pain start gradually, suddenly or was there a precipitating cause? There could be something going on your cervical spine. But it is still best to have your self evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Had chest Xray for cough, coughed foam, shoulder pain, enlarged supraclavicular node Monday. No results yet. If abnormal would I get call by now (wed)?

Had chest Xray for cough, coughed foam, shoulder pain, enlarged supraclavicular node Monday. No results yet. If abnormal would I get call by now (wed)?

Report requirements: As a US radiologist for 30 years I can speak to standard of care. If a radiologist sees a likely cancer or broken bone, etc. They must be certain the ordering doc gets a timely, usu. In 24 hr. Report. The ordering doc is then duty bound to notify their patient. On the other hand these days patients are expected to be proactive and badger their ordering doctors until they get an answer. ...Read more

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Driving myself crazy with lung cancer fear age 33 smoker, gp says lungs are clear, slight back/shoulder pain & an on/off cough for months gp says sinus?

Cancer phobia: If your had bone pain from metastatic cancer, this would show up on your x-rays. You also realize that you're young to have lung cancer, and that your cough is very likely due to your smoking unless your physician has found another cause such as a tendency to asthma. This would be a great time to stop smoking because the next scare may be real & get with your physician about dealing with fear. ...Read more

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I've had chest pressure for over a month, a cough, congestion, shoulder pain, back pain. Dr. put me on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) & zpack. Still not better. Opinion?

I've had chest pressure for over a month, a cough, congestion, shoulder pain, back pain. Dr. put me on Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) & zpack. Still not better. Opinion?

Patience my friend!: Sometimes cough lingers on after acute Bronchitis and URI or Sinusitis is treated with antibiotics. The Inflammation and Irritation of the Bigger Airways, some times Post Nasal Drip tickling the Throat from Congestion and if one has History of Asthma this will last for longer time.
Try Steam Inhalation and Ginger tea. Anti histminics will also help you.
Finally there is noo substitute for PE ...Read more

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My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

Rib/vertebral dysf: Sounds like rib or vertebral dysfunction. Must rule out lung or other serious problem, but key may be pain w/bending. Ribs/vertebrae can get 'locked' for seemingly no reason-even during sleep & hurt w/coughing or certain movements. A good history & physical incl hands-on osteopathic exam may be the best way to find the cause. Osteopathic manipulation can free them & relieve the pain. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts when I breath in?

My shoulder hurts when I breath in?

See below: You neck muscles contract with deep breathing. You may have a pinched nerve in your neck causing shoulder pain that gets worse when the neck muscles contract. ...Read more

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My left shoulder hurts. What can I do?

My left shoulder hurts. What can I do?

Need much more info: Does it hurt all the time, or only with certain movements? What makes the pain worse? What makes it better. Did the pain start suddenly or gradually? What activity were you doing before/when the pain started? What part of the shoulder hurts? See your pcp to have shoulder evaluated. Be prepared to answer above questions. Nsaid may temporarily relieve some of the pain until see doc. ...Read more

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My left shoulder hurts when I am doing dips.

My left shoulder hurts when I am doing dips.

Emphasize technique: You should focus on stretching--particular your subscapularis and posterior capsule; look up on youtube for proper technique. Don't go past 90 degrees bend in elbow to limit stress on shoulder. If no improvement after toe weeks of stretching consult an orthopedist. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts whenever I breathe, what do I do?

My shoulder hurts whenever I breathe, what do I do?

Shouldn't: You should not have shoulder pain every time you breath. I recommend seeing a physician for evaluation and treatment. It's not possible to diagnose you with limited info and no exam. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Why does my right side of my chest and right back shoulder hurts?

Many causes: Its important to establish a diagnosis. Your 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. Therefore proper diagnosis is essential to stopping the pain. See an orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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How come my shoulder hurts still after my car accident 5 years ago?

How come my shoulder hurts still after my car accident 5 years ago?

Injuries to a: Joint will cause chronic damage well into the coming years. 5 to 25 years can occur and the injury continues to flare up in these joints. The reason is because inside joints there are almost always very few blood vessels to promote healing, so injuries to any joint, especially the larger ones like hips and knees, are notorious for causing recurrent symptoms and overall worsening over time. ...Read more

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I workout 4 days a week my shoulder hurts has a burning feeling at times

I workout 4 days a week my shoulder hurts has a burning feeling at times

Bursitis?: Could be you are overdoing it or lifting too much weight or non using proper technique and you are develkoping a mild case of bursitis or impligment syndrome. Lower the weight, ice the, do less repettions, warm-up before starting with streches, take over the counter medicine if you need it and if still persist see a sports medicine physician. ...Read more

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When I breath hard breath back shoulder pain under my right hurts all day?

Lung problem: Nerves from the lung go to the shoulder so that vascular or airway problems in the lung refer pain to the shoulder. ...Read more

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What could be wrong with my rotator cuff if only nonpitching shoulder hurts?

What could be wrong with my rotator cuff if only nonpitching shoulder hurts?

Possibly not related: It may not be the rotator cuff that's hurting. Pitchers, and throwing athletes can develop pain in the non throwing shoulder for a variety of reasons, and causes. Try some anti-inflmaatory meds and do a home exercise program (http://nycsportsmed. Com/tennis-shoulder-tuned. Html), and if not better, see a sports medicine orthopedist. ...Read more

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Shoulder hurts when its hanging down its either the side or back. Left shoulder. Hurts bad what can I do cause it hurts?

Shoulder hurts when its hanging down its either the side or back. Left shoulder. Hurts bad what can I do cause it hurts?

Get checked: There are a number of possibilities, and if it is pretty severe, I would encourage you to be checked. Probably the three most common causes are a problem in the shoulder itself, such as a rotator cuff tear, a problem in the neck such as a pinched nerve, or a non -musculoskeletal, referred pain to the left shoulder. Each cause has different treatments, so appropriate diagnosis is key. ...Read more

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I have shoulder seperation. I got it two months ago n been in apin ever since. The slightest pressure on the shoulder hurts. What do I do?

I have shoulder seperation. I got it two months ago n been in apin ever since. The slightest pressure on the shoulder hurts. What do I do?

See surgeon: If you had shoulder separation pinned two months ago and are having pain you should return to surgeon for reevaluation. Sometimes pin can loosen or infection can occur at site of pinning. Imaging may be needed to decide on etiology of pain. Certainly a plain radiograph may be indicated initially. ...Read more

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I have neck/shoulder pain that won't go away. I've had it for weeks and when I slightly pinch or press on it it hurts a lot. What could be wrong?

I have neck/shoulder pain that won't go away. I've had it for weeks and when I slightly pinch or press on it it hurts a lot. What could be wrong?

See an orthopedist: Neck pain commonly is due to muscle spasms, poor posture, arthritis, herniated disks etc. Shoulder pain can be referred from the neck or it could be locally from the shoulder. Common local problems include but not limited to spasms, arthritis in the ball and socket or ac joint, bursitis, impingement, rotator cuff tear, labral tears, biceps problems, stiffness, and instability. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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My stabbing shoulder pain is back and it does not go away, when the pain comes I can't move the shoulder as it hurts when I move it what should I do?

My stabbing shoulder pain is back and it does not go away, when the pain comes I can't move the shoulder as it hurts when I move it what should I do?

Complex Joint: The shoulder is a complex joint, & many conditions/ injuries (rotator cuff injury, bursitits, tendonitis, labral pathology, etc).Can cause pain/ weakness. Some injuries of the soulder occur due to acute injury and some are from overuse. Ii suggest you see an orthopedist for a complete exam to establish a treatment plan for pain relief.

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I have mild shoulder pain which only hurts after constant activity. It has been 6 months since I injured myself at gym and 1 month since my injection?

Workup: I worry about progressive or persistent pain that does either through a period of rest. .... Consider seeing a doctor and getting an MRI to help determine cause (impingement, labral tear, etc). ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts when I am exhaling?

My shoulder hurts when I am exhaling?

Shoulder pain: Depending on the characteristic of the pain, such as sharp, stabbing, dull, aching will determine origin of discomfort. In my opinion it sounds like an irritation of the nerve of the diaphragm. This is known as referred pain. The diaphragm expands and contracts during our breathing cycle. If it become w. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts very badly when I try to lift?

Many possibilities: Pain to the shoulder when lifting can have many possible causes, including a strain or tear of any number of muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Also possible is bursitis of the shoulder, arthritis in the joint, shoulder impingement, or a nerve pain. Best to see your doctor so that an examination can be performed. ...Read more

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What's going on? Back of shoulder hurts from sitting?

What's going on? Back of shoulder hurts from sitting?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause shoulder and arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more