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Doctor insights on: Pain Under Left Shoulder Blade When Taking A Deep Breath

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Pain under left shoulder blade. Hurts when taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing. Made better laying on left side. Otherwise aches and throbs?

Pain under left shoulder blade. Hurts when taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing. Made better laying on left side. Otherwise aches and throbs?

Muscle pain: This seems like a torn muscle, if you carried something heavy or moved quickly or did some new exercise. An NSAID should help the pain andtake it easy. ...Read more

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I have severe left shoulder pain, above my shoulder blade. Pain is worse when I breath it hurts my heart. Pain gets bad when I eat or drink?

I have severe left shoulder pain, above my shoulder blade. Pain is worse when I breath it hurts my heart. Pain gets bad when I eat or drink?

Need evaluation: This could be chest wall muscle pain, pain from inside the chest sometimes call pleurisy, pain from your heart, sometimes call pericarditis, or some other reason. You need to see your physician to get this evaluated. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain under left shoulder blade every few hours for only 5-10 seconds. First, it hurt to take a deep breath although I could. Now, it does?

I have sharp pain under left shoulder blade every few hours for only 5-10 seconds. First, it hurt to take a deep breath although I could. Now, it does?

Sharp pain: This most likely is a pinched intercostal nerve or muscle that runs between 2 ribs. It causes Sharp, fleeting pains often precipitated by a deep breath. A lung cause or pleurisy is also a possibility if there is associated cough or fever. Pinched nerve is not serious and usually resolves on its on. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen or if there is fever, cough, wheeze, breathlessness ...Read more

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Sharp pain under left shoulder blade when running and still hurts when I take a deep breath. What do you recommend?

Sharp pain under left shoulder blade when running and still hurts when I take a deep breath. What do you recommend?

See a doctor: This is probably nothing but muscular but any pain that is worsened with breathing deserves evaluation by a doctor. This could be from a pneumothorax and can be evaluated clinically and with a chest xray. If you are having any shortness of breath at rest, go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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I have a pain under left shoulder blade that hurts when I make certain moves with my left arm. It does not hurt when I take a deep breath.

I have a pain under left shoulder blade that hurts when I make certain moves with my left arm. It does not hurt when I take a deep breath.

See your doctor: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...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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Pain (ache) under left shoulder blade and under left breast. Gets worse with deep breath. Can't inhale fully. Is this sign of disease or muscle issue?

Pain (ache) under left shoulder blade and under left breast. Gets worse with deep breath. Can't inhale fully. Is this sign of disease or muscle issue?

Possibly: Yes, it is likely a sign of muscle strain/spasm. But, there are also other potential causes. If you've done recent heavy lifting/strenuous exercise, had a cold wherein you coughed a lot, etc, then this is very much possible. If you are having any chest pain, shortness of breath, or fever, however, you should see a doctor ASAP. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have had a pain under my left shoulder blade when I take a deep breath. It has been going on for a week now. What's going on?

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

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What can cause left shoulder blade pain when taking deep breaths and some movements?

What can cause left shoulder blade pain when taking deep breaths and some movements?

Nerve injury: I've seen suprascapular neuropathy do this, easily treated with a local steorid injection b ut has to be differentiated from pleurisy, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, etc ...Read more

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I am having sharp pains under my left shoulder blade when I take a normal to deep breath. The pain sometimes shoots down my back. What should I do?

Should see your PCP-: For an examination, chest xrays, labs, maybe a ct scan, depending on what the pcp finds.
Possibilities include rib fx, infection, pul embolus, strained muscles; as all these result in increasing pain with deep breathing. A spine cause will be diagnosed with ct.
See him sooner than later, to avoid any serious problems with delaying to see him. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade especially when I take deep breaths?

I have a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade especially when I take deep breaths?

Pleurisy: Pain with deep inspiration is often caused by pleurisy. Pleurisy is often associated with a recent respiratory illness. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade especially when I take deep breaths. How can I treat this?

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

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I have a dull ache in my left shoulder blade but when I take a deep breath or move a certain way it becomes severe. Only started this morning?

I have a dull ache in my left shoulder blade but when I take a deep breath or move a certain way it becomes severe. Only started this morning?

Could be serious: Any pain in the chest region that gets worse with deep breathing is suspicious for a blood clot. You are young and female, so if you are on OCPs or have traveled recently in a sitting position, you should be checked for that, promptly. However, movement associated pain usually means muscular injury, so for example a recent unusual or prolonged activity using your left arm could have set it off. ...Read more

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Went golfing. Tons of pain now in back near left shoulder blade. Pain with movement and deep breaths. Thoughts?

Strained muscle?: Probably a strained muscle. Uncomfortable but not dangerous. Try ibuprofen, naproxen, or other similar drug for a day or two. See your doctor if it continues or you remain concerned. ...Read more

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I'm having constant aching pain under my left shoulder blade that worsens and turns into a sharp pain when I take deep breaths. What could this be?

I'm having constant aching pain under my left shoulder blade that worsens and turns into a sharp pain when I take deep breaths. What could this be?

Varies: There are several possibilities including pleurisy, a subscapular bursitis, a pneumonia, pancreatitis, among other possible causes. I would not hesitate to be seen and examined. ...Read more

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PCP says heart ok. What causes short pain, in a small area of the left shoulder blade? I felt it while taking deep breaths and climbing stairs.

PCP says heart ok. What causes short pain, in a small area of the left shoulder blade? I felt it while taking deep breaths and climbing stairs.

Several possibilitie: Since your pain is worse with deep breaths, it marks it as related to respiratory activity: the pleura (lung lining) or muscles and ribcage used in the work of breathing. This is not a heart symptom. Have you tried a simple remedy like ibuprofen/Advil? Chest x-ray and blood work are indicated if the pain is on-going or sooner if related to fever. ...Read more

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Left shoulder blade pain & slight pain in arm have had this 2 weeks getting worse hurts 2 take deep breaths starting 2 stay rather than come & go?

Be evaluated: Would want to be checked to make sure it is not a cardiac condition, which can cause a referred pain into the left arm and shoulder. That being said, most common cause is a "pinched nerve" in the neck. An MRI can confirm this and there are many good treatment options available. ...Read more

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26 yr old. I was playing sport when I started to get a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade. It hurts when I take a deep breath or stretch forward?

Need work up: If this problem is recurrent need investigation tests like MRI to see the intactness of complex scapular muscles. This where your great medical delivery system fails in UK, long wait for this kind of test. But here (USA) you can have it done even today. ...Read more

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I HAVE PAIN UNDER MY LEFT SHOULDER BLADE AREA. IT ALSO SEEMS TO HURT WHEN I TAKE DEEP BREATHS. CAN THIS BE A MUSCLE SPASM?

Maybe: Pain with a deep breath is a good sign that this is muscular. Take some over the counter antiinflammatories, rest the area, and seek care if it does not improve. ...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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10 mos intermittent left shoulder blade pain. Pain also in arm down to fingers. Back pain can sometimes be eased by deep breath. What is this?

Could be impingement: You may have some inflamed muscles in the shoulder blade region and even into the shoulder, which might also be in spasm, causing some of that pain. With inflammation, sometimes nerves can get pinched and impinged, causing you to have referred pain down your arm and fingers. You can try heat and ice, as well as Ibuprofen but may need to see your doc for physical therapy referral and/or imaging. ...Read more

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I'm  hurting under my left shoulder blade when I cough, sneeze, yawn, take a deep breath, or laugh  sitting up or leaning forward does help ?

I'm  hurting under my left shoulder blade when I cough, sneeze, yawn, take a deep breath, or laugh  sitting up or leaning forward does help ?

Pleuritis: Unless you have a rare deformity of the underside of the scapula, the best bet is pleurisy. The lining of the lung is separated from the moving tissue by a fluid that occasionally is lacking in one spot and gets stuck. The irritation can persist and rarely requires medical help. Almost always you can wait and see if it is a transient and intermittant irritation. ...Read more

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For 1 hour felt ache in my left shoulder blade. Each time I took a deep breath I had pain in my left chest & breast. Non exertional/passenger in car?

For 1 hour felt ache in my left shoulder blade. Each time I took a deep breath I had pain in my left chest & breast. Non exertional/passenger in car?

Pain: Were you exerting yourself or lifting anything heavy recently or playing sports recently? Any back pain or fevers? Any recent travel outside US? Could be muscle strain or lung issue/infection: please answer these questions to help you get you better faster. ...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