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Severe pain under left shoulder blade & numbness down left arm till fingers. Tingly feeling in elbow. Neck is fine. Weakness in left arm. Supraspinatus?

Severe pain under left shoulder blade & numbness down left arm till fingers. Tingly feeling in elbow. Neck is fine. Weakness in left arm. Supraspinatus?

Need exam: Your symptoms suggest cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve entrapment @ elbow) but a thorough history and physical exam is required to confirm. Supraspinatus (rotator cuff) injuries can occasionally present as you describe but this would be unusual. Most RC strains or tears cause pain w/ overhead activities, difficulty sleeping on the affected shoulder and/ or weakness... Best of Luck! Read more

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Pain in left shoulder blade that radiates down left arm. Has been off and on over the past week or so. Could this be heart related?

Pain in left shoulder blade that radiates down left arm. Has been off and on over the past week or so. Could this be heart related?

Your symptoms could: Be heart related. You need a thorough evaluation and some testing to exclude the possibility. Make an appointment with a health care provider as soon as possible to get this checked out. Read more

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Pain developed in left shoulder blade/down left arm/4 days ago. Now it really hurts down the back of left arm, when I cough. It comes in waves.

Pain developed in left shoulder blade/down left arm/4 days ago. Now it really hurts down the back of left arm, when I cough. It comes in waves.

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

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I have a pain in my left shoulder blade, down my left arm and in my left breast. I have had it for months. What could it be?

I have a pain in my left shoulder blade, down my left arm and in my left breast. I have had it for months. What could it be?

Heart / Neck problem: Heart problems should be checked for first. Though, if it was a heart problem, you would likely been to the ER/MD already.
Neck problems can cause a pinched nerve and pain that radiates to shoulder blade and down the arm quite commonly. Read more

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I am 47yr F. Woke up with aching and throbbing pain in the left shoulder blade shooting down to my left arm. I have taken some aleve (naproxen) and tried to massage the area but hasn't really helped yet. Should I be worried?

I am 47yr F. Woke up with aching and throbbing pain in the left shoulder blade shooting down to my left arm. I have taken some aleve (naproxen) and tried to massage the area but hasn't really helped yet. Should I be worried?

Get checked: Most likely it is a muscle spasm but given your age you should see a doctor to make sure that there are no other issues going on. If it is muscle spasm there are medications that could help. Read more

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Pain under left shoulder blade down left arm, palish greasy stool. ULC discomfort. Heart, iv abdominal ct, and regular egd normal, ideas.

Possible gallbladder: Talk to your PCP and if symptoms become severe you should go to the ER.
Gallbladder problems can refer pain to the back and grey stool suggests that bile is not getting into the bowel and stool. An abdomen ultrasound is the best radiologic test but you'll need a physical exam and laboratory tests as well. Read more

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I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

Pinched nerve?: There are many things that can present this way. Part of the differential is a cervical radiculopathy or radiculitis (this is when nerves in your neck become pinched or irritated). If your symptoms persist or worsen (such as weakness), seek medical attention. Commonly (if this is what you do have.), a trial of physical therapy is very successful, but occasionally, surgery may be needed. Read more

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Intermittent pain in left shoulder blade for one month, sometimes goes down left arm, no other symptoms?

What is the question: If you are asking about heart disease, the answer is that you need a good assessment by a doctor, who will take into consideration your health history, family history, and other risk factors. If you want to know what the pain is, then there's not enough information to give you a good answer. See your doc! Read more

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Agony under my left shoulder blade when I look down or have my left arm in front. What's this sound like?

Muscle strain?: Muscle is the first thing that comes to mind. Rest, stretching, heat, Ibuprofen can help. Other causes could be a "pinched" nerve or bone/joint neck issues. See your md if not better in a week. Or sooner if it is getting worse. Read more

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I have a growing rock hard lump on the lower part of my left shoulder blade and if I press, lay down, or move my left arm it hurts?

I have a growing rock hard lump on the lower part of my left shoulder blade and if I press, lay down, or move my left arm it hurts?

Blocked gland?: A sebaceous cyst is a collection of oily fluid that occurs when an oil gland is blocked. Some folks are more prone to them than other and they often appear on the neck, shoulders, and back. Please see doc for diagnosis because it could be something else more serious an need attention. Peace and good health. Read more

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I have a pain under my left shoulder blade. Pain also shoots down my left arm. Pain increases as I take deep breaths. Its been 2 weeks. What could it be?

There are many: Potential diagnoses that could explain your symptoms including pleurisy, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus and musical skeletal issues. Since it has lasted two weeks it would be smart to seek a health care provider evaluation. Get checked out today. Read more

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Sharp pain above left shoulder blade, radiating into base of neck and down left arm, with slight difficulty breathing (deep breaths)?

Sharp pain above left shoulder blade, radiating into base of neck and down left arm, with slight difficulty breathing (deep breaths)?

Go to ER: Though low probability, the first thing you want to have ruled out is a major cardiac of vascular problem that could be life threatening. If you haven't been seen by a doctor yet you should go right to a good er and have them take a history, do a physical exam, and order appropriate tests. The type of pain you describe is a cardiac or major vascular problem until proven otherwise. Read more

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I have severe sharp pain that seems to start from the left shoulder blade and has moved down my left arm to my hand and now is radiating across my che?

I have severe sharp pain that seems to start from the left shoulder blade and has moved down my left arm to my hand and now is radiating across my che?

Many possibilities: First and foremost see your doctor to make sure you are not having a heart related problem. There are many other causes for this type of pain as well such as a pinched nerve. C6 or C7 for example. Please see your doctor to establish a firm diagnosis and make sure it isn't cardiac related right away. Read more

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Dull constant ache in left shoulder blade pain radiating down left arm BP is 119/78 pulse 90 pain has been there all day I suffer severe anxiety also?

Dull constant ache in left shoulder blade pain radiating down left arm BP is 119/78 pulse 90 pain has been there all day I suffer severe anxiety also?

Therapy?: In addition to tending to physical symptoms, have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. 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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After, jogging my left shoulder down to my shoulder blade, my upper left arm feel sore, and my fingers are numb and tingly. What is wrong with me?

After, jogging my left shoulder down to my shoulder blade, my upper left arm feel sore, and my fingers are numb and tingly. What is wrong with me?

Pinched Nerve: Very commonly, pain near or around the shoulder blade is not shoulder related at all. Instead, it is most often related to neck/cervical spine related issues. A "pinched nerve" from the neck either from a disc bulge/herniation/bone spur is usually the culprit. The only way to know for sure would require an evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon or perhaps your primary care provider. Read more

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I pulled a muscle just below my left shoulder blade and it affects my left arm movement but now I am getting really bad headaches when I lie down?

I pulled a muscle just below my left shoulder blade and it affects my left arm movement but now I am getting really bad headaches when I lie down?

Myofascial pain?: Perhaps the muscles in the back of your neck and head have been affected by the painful muscles near your shoulder blade, and this is causing or contributing to your headache. If you have been using a lot of pain medication, "rebound headaches" are another possibility. Read more

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I have a burning sensation under neath the left shoulder blade under my breast and down through my left arm. At times its difficult to lie on my back?

Possibilities: You might have notalgia paresthetica, but the full description points toward brachial plexus. If your symptoms increase on elevation of your arm, could be thoracic outlet syndrome. If better on raising arm, might be nerve pinching in neck. Read more