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Pain underneath my right shoulder, pain while breathing deeply. Why?

Pain underneath my right shoulder, pain while breathing deeply. Why?

Referred Pain?: The same nerves that innervate the diaphragm go to the shoulder, as well. Therefore, anything that irritates the diaphragm, such as gallbladder or liver problems, can be "referred" to the shoulder. If the only symptom is shoulder pain (ie, no abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, etc), i would search elsewhere. Lung problems such as pneumonia, pleurisy can do the same, although less common. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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What could cause pain underneath my right shoulder, pain while breathing deeply, and yawning?

What could cause pain underneath my right shoulder, pain while breathing deeply, and yawning?

Many things: Most common cause would be a "pulled muscle", but this may be a sign of something more serious such as a pneumothorax, pleural effusion or another pleural problem. If it gets worse or does not go away in a few days by itself or with over-the-counter medicines, consult a doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do for right shoulder pain while breathing in?

What can I do for right shoulder pain while breathing in?

R/O PLEURITIS : PLEURITIS=inflammation of the lining of the lung and Pericarditis = inflammation of the lining of the heart can both cause referred shoulder pain. As well as a PE=Lung blood clot. You need a full exam lab testing CXR/EKG/Shoulder X-ray to evaluate your symptoms . Please seek prompt medical attention for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Right shoulder pain and pain under right rib cage. Worse when breathing, worse at night. Please help?

Right shoulder pain and pain under right rib cage. Worse when breathing, worse at night. Please help?

Varies: There are many potential causes. An irritation of a nerve in the mid back can cause pain that radiates around one side of the trunk. Gallbladder, lung, and kidney problems can also cause similar symptoms. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Right shoulder pain while breathing in and yawning?

Right shoulder pain while breathing in and yawning?

Frequently missed: Common presentation for 'locked down' rib.Pain is usually really behind shoulder.Ribs rise in front w/ inhalation & go down w/ exhalation.When 'locked down', something prevents rib from rising.Pain is exaggerated by deep inhaling like yawning.Consider a good history & phys exam, incl osteopathic hands-on exam which may determine cause.Ribs can be easily diagnosed & fixed in the office. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in the right shoulder, pain beneath the right ribs at the front of my body, and difficulty breathing?

Shoulder pain: Unsure of pain loco. 2 pains or one? Difficulty breathing is a reason to be examined by a doc and x-ray. Point of shoulder could be tendinitis. Medial to this is breast and lung. Occasional sharp lung pain with breathing, is from sticking of the lung lining called pleura and is transient not worth an exam unless persistent. A rarer rib problem can be seen in a plain X-ray. ...Read more

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Bp is 130/90 pulse of 100. Chest pains, right shoulder pain, difficulty breathing and migraine. Have high Triglicerydes. Should I be worried?

Bp is 130/90 pulse of 100. Chest pains, right shoulder pain, difficulty breathing and migraine. Have high Triglicerydes.  Should I be worried?

Chest pains: Any time a Dr. Hears Chest pains, and then a hear rate of 100 etc. it is a tough question to swallow about whether you should worry or not. Chest pains should be evaluated asap and proven not to be cardiac in nature. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Right shoulder pain for months now?

Right shoulder pain for months now?

See a physician: Shoulder pain can be caused by multiple different things: rotator cuff tendinitis or tear, arthritis, bursitis, referred pain from your neck, muscle pain in the shoulder girdle, cartilage defects, or even tumors or infections. If you have persistent symptoms, you should see a physician and begin the workup to determine the cause. Treatments will depend on the diagnosis/cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes right shoulder pain after coughing?

What causes right shoulder pain after coughing?

Diaphragm spasm: The diaphragm and the deltoid muscles share a common ennervation. When you have diaphragm spasm with coughing or sneezing the pain is referred to the shoulder, usually right sided. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Pain Under The Right Shoulder (Definition)

Pain under the right shoulder is a symptom that can suggest local shoulder problems or problems with the gallbladder (known as referred pain because the nerves that detect pain from your gallbladder run with the nerves that detect pain ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more