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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 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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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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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 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?

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 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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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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