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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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38, f, Chest, neck& shoulder blade pain (left). Thought it was a pulled muscle but now I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks.

38, f, Chest, neck& shoulder blade pain (left). Thought it was a pulled muscle but now I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks.

Possibly: 38 yo female has pain in cowl region on one side. This could reflect cervical disk disorder, brachial plexus impingement, Pancost tumor, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or some other problem. A benign musculoskeletal strain-pain problem is also possible. An Osteopath would be the physician best skilled to conduct proper differential diagnosis, and an MRI might be needed. ...Read more

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I have a pulled muscle in my back right below my right shoulder blade. Please tell me how to get rid of it. I can't sleep and hurts to breathe?

I have a pulled muscle in my back right below my right shoulder blade. Please tell me how to get rid of it. I can't sleep and hurts to breathe?

Myofascial Pain: Sounds like you have a myofascial nodule (muscle knot) of the rhomboid muscle. This is a common yet painful location for a myofascial nodule. I'll bet your sleep is poor. These knots respond to quality sleep and deep friction massage. A pm&r specialist is your best bet at getting proper treatment if your family doc is stumped. ...Read more

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Pain on rt shoulder blade, I assumed was a pulled muscle. Hasn't gone away after 1 wk and now it's numb and also my right breast is numb in small spot?

Pain on rt shoulder blade, I assumed was a pulled muscle. Hasn't gone away after 1 wk and now it's numb and also my right breast is numb in small spot?

Could be nerve: Pain and numbness can be caused by nerve compression. This often happens as the nerve comes out of the spine. You will need to be seen and examined to know for sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had really bad back pain (right side under shoulder blade), accompanied by cough. Could this just be muscle strain from the cough?

I have had really bad back pain (right side under shoulder blade), accompanied by cough. Could this just be muscle strain from the cough?

Only one way: To find out: go see a healthcare provider who will examine you properly and tell you whether you need further tests to rule out any potentially lethal causes including blood clot (pulmonary embolism), tumor/cancer, obstruction, nerve compression, or simple muscle pull. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Strong ache under the arm pit on the chest side radiated later to the shoulder blade, then down to make a band on the left upper arm. Pain stronger when standing. Nothing done to cause muscle strain.

Strong ache under the arm pit on the chest side radiated later to the shoulder blade, then down to make a band on the left upper arm. Pain stronger when standing. Nothing done to cause muscle strain.

Go to the hospital: The symptoms you describe are very concerning given your age. Without something that makes you think of a muscle strain, this is even more concerning. If you are short of breath, nauseated, have palpitations or are sweaty, please seek care immediately. Call 911. This can be a heart attack or a problem with your aorta. I hope it is neither of those things, but you should be seen asap to be sure. ...Read more

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I have a fluttery squeezing feeling on my left side? Also pulled muscle between shoulder blades on the left side? Are they connected?

I have a fluttery squeezing feeling on my left side? Also pulled muscle between shoulder blades on the left side? Are they connected?

Go to ER: Any chest pain should be evaluated immediately. The pain and spasm in your upper back may be a sign of problems in your chest and any feeling of tightness on the left side of your chest may be related to your heart. You need to go to an er! ...Read more

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Pulled muscle in my back from my shoulder down to my armpit area really aches how long will it last?

Pulled muscle in my back from my shoulder down to my armpit area really aches how long will it last?

Rest and heal: 80% better in 6 weeks regardless of treatment with time alone improvement at 2 weeks hearlds end of acute inflammation trust in your own inherent ability to heal muscular strains ...Read more

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How do I treat a pulled back muscle? The muscle is on the inside of the shoulder blade.

How do I treat a pulled back muscle? The muscle is on the inside of the shoulder blade.

Evaluate first: While muscle strain under or next to the shoulder blade is possible, you might also have neurologic issues with the cervical spine. You should ask you family doctor if the pain persists more than several days. ...Read more

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Well its 5 months now I had my shoulder blade muscle pulled pains so bad I cant even move neck anywhere but now it pains so slight im facing it daily?

Well its 5 months now I had my shoulder blade muscle pulled pains so bad I cant even move neck anywhere but now it pains so slight im facing it daily?

First question-: Was this medically evaluated? If not, that may be a good place to start. Depending on findings- some possible options could be stretching, heat, massage and acupuncture. Take care. ...Read more

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I pulled several muscles on my back by my right shoulder blade. What can I do for this?

I pulled several muscles on my back by my right shoulder blade. What can I do for this?

NSAIDs & exercise: If just happened rice (rest, exercise and ice) once acute phase over need to do a peri scapular exercise program; back flies, sorted rows, shrugs and lat pull downs). If unfamiliar with above exercises u need can orthopedic eval and therapy. ...Read more

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I think I pulled a muscle in my upper back below the left shoulder blade and it hurts. How do I fix this?

I think I pulled a muscle in my upper back below the left shoulder blade and it hurts. How do I fix this?

Exercise, ice, heat: Gentle range of motion, stretching and walking or any low-impact cardiovascular exercise. Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Ice for about 45 minutes will address inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20 to 25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. ...Read more

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Recently discovered hard lump on my shoulder blade. I work picking up heavy stuff? Did I pull a muscle? Feels uncomfortable to sleep on it.

Probably need exam: Its difficulty to determine what it is without examining it
You may have pulled a muscle and could have spasm
But you may have a lipoma, fibroma, cyst or other
soft tissue mass.
Also an xray would be helpful to determine if there
was any bony masses ...Read more

Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more