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Pain In My Shoulder When I Breathe
Possibly: Pain in shoulder on taking a deep breath is usually indicative of irritation of the nerves of the diaphragm which causes referred pain in the shoulder. This can be further evaluated by detailed exam, chest x-ray and (if needed) ct scan of the chest. Talk to your doctor about yr symptoms. ...Read more
I'm 25 and just recently have been getting pain in my shoulder blade when I breathe in heavy or sneeze, just wondered what it could be, thanks?
I have been having sharp pain in my left shoulder, specifically when I breathe. It feels like air trapped in my shoulder. What can I do?
Pleuritic pain: Pain like this is from one of two sources. Either the top of your lung or from under your diaphragm on the same side. Often pain like this is transient and may be relieved with typical anti inflammatories. You can see your doc to discuss if this does not improve with time. ...Read more
I have pain in my right shoulder blade when I breathe, especially after taking deep breaths. Any ideas on what it could be?
Ribs or Lung?: Pain when you take a deep breath seems to indicate that when your rib cage expands this is painful...This points towards a problem in the rib cage or pulmonary system although the possibilities can be many. If this is minor it can just be a strain of a rib cage muscle but if significant, see your doctor. ...Read more
2 days ago I suffered from food poisoning and right after vomitting I layed down and felt pain in my left shoulder specially when I breathe in.
I have a sharp stabbing like pain in my back / left shoulder blade when I breathe in. Also there is a lump on where it hurts to breathe in?
Posterior rib "out":
1) posterior rib "out". I can't really explain it anatomically, but the ribs can "go out" and a chiropractic adjustment can help tremendously. Give it one or two tries.
2) trigger point in one of the thoracic paraspinal muscles. Can be helped with massage (ischemic compression) and injections into the painful area of the muscle. ...Read more
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
Not the shoulder: The typical causes of shoulder pain are not exacerbated by deep breathing. However, one can experience pain from the diaphragm that is referred, or felt, near the shoulder. There are many causes of diaphragm irritation. Since it separates the chest from the abdomen, problems from both can cause irritation of the diaphragm which can be referred to the shoulder. Get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more
I keep gettin shoulder pain in my right shoulder, 1 min it can be fine next it hurts even wen I breathe what could it b? Help please!
Referred pain: It sounds like you have "referred pain" - pain that starts somewhere else and then recruits nerve fibers that send the pain elsewhere. I say that because the pain with breathing suggests a primary problem in your lung or pleura i.e. Pleurisy. The pain then radiates to your shoulder. Do you have fever? You need a chest x-ray. ...Read more
Pain when taking a deep breath only but when I change posture or move shoulder pain goes away. Shoulder pain around rotator cuff and down shoulder?
Couple of things: Could be a couple of things. If not going away in a couple of days, then should have it checked by someone. Maybe even get X-ray. ...Read more
I woke up at 4am with very sharp right shoulder pain. It is still hurting especially when I take a breath.
I had a surgery for a hiatal hurnia almost two years ago. And I am still having shoulder pain when I breath deeply. What could be causing that?
I'm having shoulder pain that radiates down to my wrist I've also noticed that when I take a deep breath I get a sharp pain in my shoulder,?
Brachial plexus?: Middle age person with shoulder pain intensified by inspiration & with radiation of pain to wrist needs Neurology evaluation to rule out brachial plexus injury, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, TOS, & lung tumor. Some Neurologists are unfamiliar with physical exam methods to define TOS & uncomfortable with this diagnosis; in which case an Osteopath might be consulted. An MRI of shoulder is indicated. ...Read more
Experiencing severe shoulder pain in my right shoulder. ... Deep down past my muscles ESPECIALLY when trying to breathe deeply. Chest too?
Get checked: Emergency Room check up for this complaint is warranted. They can rule out life threatening issues immediately. ...Read more
I have a very bad shoulder pain and pinch in my arm when I breathe deeply and I don't know how to get rid of it or if it might be something serious?
Get checked!: Deep breathing and actual shoulder problems are not usually associated so your mix of problems should be carefully checked. It is possible to have referred pain from your chest, abdomen or heart present in a similar fashion. If you have chest pain or shortness of breath, you should go to the er to get checked asap. ...Read more
If you have a nerve in the neck causing upper back, and shoulder pain and when u breathe and ur muscles contract, could that cause pain in the back?
Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.
Not clear: Typically if pain is related to movement it is muscle related. You need to also consider pneumonia or in your age range to consider, though unlikely, a blood clot especially if you are on birth control. Heart disease or inflammatory diseases are something to consider although less likely. See your doctor for a full exam and history. ...Read more
I've been experiencing extreme back and shoulder pain that came w/ very mild fever. I also feel sharp pain in my lower back when I take a deep breath?
Back/shoulder pain: See a doctor ASAP. Pain can be referred from the abdomen by irritating the diaphragm (gall bladder, pancreas, etc.); may be from the lungs with irritation of the pleura (lining around lungs). This may represent infection or non-infectious inflammation, but whichever it proves to be it needs to be evaluated quickly and dealt with appropriately. Please see your doctor right away. ...Read more
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
I have sharp shoulder pain that goes from my upper back and into my neck it hurts to breath its been 3 months have been bruising very easily lately?
Be seen: It sounds like you need a physical exam for diagnosis. ...Read more
I have had shoulder pain and rib pain for about 6 months. Losing mobility of my arm. Hurts ribcage when I breathe. No break in ribs, 3 were displaced.
Complicated: If you have lingering displaced upper ribs, you may have something called thoracic outlet syndrome. Easy to test on physical exam, have your pcp or sports med doc examine. If no one has checked your cervical spine, make sure that has been checked out also to rule out radiculopathy. You might also consider manipulation by a chiropractor or do for the displaced ribs. Hope that helps, best of luck! ...Read more
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
Five days after being released from er, still having chest issues. Shoulder pain with chest tightness. Doc thinks anxiety, but it feels weird. Feel silly for worrying but it's kind if hard to breathe.
I am having right- sided chest and shoulder pain for 36 hours. It is very painful to take a deep breath. I also have slight tingling in my right arm and hand.
See your doctor: These are important symptoms that need to be evaluated in person by your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more
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