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Pain in shoulder blade and upper arm muscle when I look down. What's this sound like?

Pain in shoulder blade and upper arm muscle when I look down. What's this sound like?

Trapexius spasm: Sounds like spasm of the trapezius muscle. Try heat and nsaids. If that fails try massage. You can always ask your pcp for a muscle relaxer. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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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


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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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Fell down stairs, hit L shoulder on railings between shoulder blade and spine. Mild pain in shoulder, tingling in forearm & fingers. Did I hit a nerve?

Fell down stairs, hit L shoulder on railings between shoulder blade and spine. Mild pain in shoulder, tingling in forearm & fingers. Did I hit a nerve?

Probably: It appears likely that there has been some nerve injury in view of your symptoms. As inflammation and swelling subside the nerve symptoms should improve. However if injury to the vertebral area occurred, there could be disc injury causing the tingling in the arm. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain. You don't describe radicular symptoms that would suggest a neurologic etiology. Initial treatment after an H&P and imaging usually starts with NSAIDs and maybe a muscle relaxer and also some therapy exercises to see if your symptoms will get better ...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?

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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Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Discuss with MD: You have a lot going on for your age, please discuss this with your doctor, you may warrant some further testing. This is not a good forum for this question as we can not diagnose "pinched nerve" without examination and testing. Your doctor may order a nerve conduction test coupled with an emg, or an MRI if they have not done so already. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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ganglion volar side of wrist in joint ulnar side, I get sharp burning pain in forearm, inner elbow and sometimes pain in shoulder blade why?

Unrelated: Ganglion doesn't cause your pain syndrome.
Sounds like shoulder-arm syndrome caused by Trapper Ulnar Nerve
Two separate entities ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in elbow cause pain in shoulder/shoulder blade area?

Can a pinched nerve in elbow cause pain in shoulder/shoulder blade area?

No: A pinched nerve around the elbow will only cause problems from the elbow down to the fingers. However, the same symptoms often represent a pinched nerve in the neck, which can feel like a pinched nerve in the elbow. Many of these resolve on their own. If it persists, you can get it examined to get a clearer answer. ...Read more

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I've had serve pain in shoulder near middle back have pins needles down arm. Been to chiro and doctors. Had anti inflammorty. No change?

I've had serve pain in shoulder near middle back have pins needles down arm. Been to chiro and doctors. Had anti inflammorty. No change?

Re-evaluate: Listen closely to body. Pins and needles can be nerve pinching in neck coming form poor posture. Magnesium deficiency can make muscles tight which can cause pinching and pain. Low levels of vit d can be found with magnesium deficiency. Topical magnesium oil and supplemental vit d3 up to 10, 000 units a day may help. See if lying down putting legs up helps. This helps pain due to low bp. ...Read more

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Baseball injury. Dove back into bag headfirst. Shoulder pain. Trainer pulled down on arm and clicking noise occurs. Any idea if this may be severe?

Baseball injury. Dove back into bag headfirst. Shoulder pain. Trainer pulled down on arm and clicking noise occurs. Any idea if this may be severe?

Shoulder pain: After sports injury. The only way to know what is happening is to see your doc. If treatment is needed getting it early will prevent more damage. These things can catch up w/you later. Be safe. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi Doc here are my symptoms pinching pain in back of shoulder, shooting pain in shoulder and down arm, pain in front of shoulder also can been 5 month?

Hi Doc here are my symptoms pinching pain in back of shoulder, shooting pain in shoulder and down arm, pain in front of shoulder also can been 5 month?

Seek consult: I would recommend you see either an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon as you may have a problem with a disc in your neck. I sounds suspicious for a "pinched nerve" or herniated cervical disc. A physical examination and possible a MRI would be helpful. Short term medication and physical therapy are often all that is needed for resolution of your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have right shoulder pain that radiates in the back and down arms. What could it be? Would dehydration cause this?

Doubt dehydration: It should not cause right shoulder pain. However, other options include shoulder problem if moving the shoulder changes the pain. Otherwise, it could be related to lung problem, diaphragm, or upper abdominal problem that irritates the diaphragm and radiates pain. Need to see your doctor for x ray and physical exam. ...Read more

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I have three compression fractures in my back and now havin neck and shoulder pain running down my arm what causes this? None

I have three compression fractures in my back and now havin neck and shoulder pain running down my arm what causes this? None

If: If you have compression fractures, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease in your back, it's likely the same processes are occurring in your neck. When the nerve roots in your neck are pinched or irritated by bulging discs or osteophytes (bone spurs), you could have pain, numbness or other sensations in your arms and hands. (it's like having sciatica in your arms.) if left untreated, you could eventually develop weakness in your upper extremities.
See your doctor about these symptoms. He/she may want to arrange an MRI of your neck.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Symptoms: shoulder pain (shoots down arm&back), burning sensation, tingling, cant sleep on shoulder, hard 2 lift, worse at night, weak, popping noise

Symptoms: shoulder pain (shoots down arm&back), burning sensation, tingling, cant sleep on shoulder, hard 2 lift, worse at night, weak, popping noise

A-C Joint?: If a young person were to have shoulder pain with pain lying on shoulder at night & weakness with lifting & a "popping" sound; then consideration might be for A-C, acromioclavicular, separation. Has there been a traumatic injury or fall onto shoulder? Skateboarding? See an Osteopath or Physiatrist. A-C joint X-ray films standing upright with & without weights might be needed; as well as an MRI. ...Read more

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Woke up with shoulder pain over a week ago, pain in neck, back and now it has moved to left arm with numbness in my left hand. Pain lying down. Ta.

Woke up with shoulder pain over a week ago, pain in neck, back and now it has moved to left arm with numbness in my left hand. Pain lying down. Ta.

Pain: Not being a spinal surgeon can't be sure but it sure sounds from your description that it stems from the cervical level of your spine. See a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have tender spots and "bone" pain in shoulder and down arm, ankle, calf and ribs, at rest, no trauma. Breathless on exertion. Lower back pain?

I have tender spots and "bone" pain in shoulder and down arm, ankle, calf and ribs, at rest, no trauma. Breathless on exertion. Lower back pain?

What's up?: Sounds like something's up. The cornerstone of treatment is an accurate diagnosis. You need one! Please get an evaluation - you could have anything! ...Read more