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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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?

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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?

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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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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.

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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.

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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Dr. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Brian Kaufman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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?

Dr. Brian Kaufman
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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?

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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Dr. Marianna Post
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
27 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Ernest Bordini
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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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.

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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Dr. Felecia Sumner
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

Dr. Felecia Sumner
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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?

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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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Mark Gujer
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
21 years in practice
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I have pain near my left shoulder blade. It is not there all the time. But when it comes it is terrible. No pain taking deep breaths.

Dr. Mark Gujer
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
21 years in practice
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Get: Examined. Two likely possibilities are rotator cuff or cervical nerve irritation. You can't know without a good physical exam and maybe a few tests. ...Read more

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Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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Sharp pain left shoulder right under shoulder blade. Tried massage didnt work. Hurts more with deep breaths & laying down. Why???

Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Board Certified, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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Sharp pain left shoulder right under shoulder blade. Tried massage didnt work. Hurts more with deep breaths & laying down. Why???

Evaluation: You should see your doctor to be evaluated and have chest X rey to find the caue so be treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
26 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
26 years in practice
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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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