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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Discuss with MD: You have a lot going on for your age, please discuss this with your doctor, you may warrant some further testing. This is not a good forum for this question as we can not diagnose "pinched nerve" without examination and testing. Your doctor may order a nerve conduction test coupled with an emg, or an MRI if they have not done so already. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Jumped wrong, sharp pain from neck into head. For a month, upper back, neck and shoulder pain. When back moved, sharp pain from sh/blade to chest.?

Jumped wrong, sharp pain from neck into head. For a month, upper back, neck and shoulder pain. When back moved, sharp pain from sh/blade to chest.?

Possibly from a: Pinched nerve from a slipped disc. Your dr may consider doing an xray and MRI of your cervical and thoracic spine to confirm this. God bless u! ...Read more

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Sharp pain in chest with shoulder/back/neck pain. Dull ache constantly/sharp at times for 3 days. Worse at night.?

Sharp pain in chest with shoulder/back/neck pain. Dull ache constantly/sharp at times for 3 days. Worse at night.?

Musculoskeletal: Your description is of musculoskeletal pain - myofascial syndrome, costochondritis, muscular strain, stretch, or pull. Simple analgesics like Ibuprofen or naprosyn, (naproxen) rest, heat, massage, and time should help you feel better. If not, you'll have to see your doctor for more advanced therapy. ...Read more

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Dull neck pain in the back of the neck on the right side where shoulder meets. Sharp pain when swallowing in that area.

See a physician: This may be something as simple as a rib that is out place, but with a sharp pain during swallowing, I would recommend seeing a physician and having an examination, possibly imaging to make sure something more serious is not occurring. If everything bad is ruled out, then consider manipulation and physical therapy. Again, I would first recommend evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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I have a severe sharp pain from the right side of my neck that shoot from there to under my shoulder blade?

I have a severe sharp pain from the right side of my neck that shoot from there to under my shoulder blade?

Vague: Need a thorough history and exam. Need to know if trauma was involved, the duration of your issues, has this occurred before, and other symptoms. Could be a pinched nerve, but need to be evalauted ...Read more

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When I turn my neck to the right, I get a sharp pain next to my right shoulder blade. No other time?

Nerve pain: You probably have a pinched nerve in your neck which causes radiating pain into your shoulder. Get an X-ray of your neck and evaluation by an orthopedist. You may also need a mri ...Read more

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Was woken up with sharp pain in right shoulder blade and neck. What could cause something like this? (haven't been in any accidents)

Was woken up with sharp pain in right shoulder blade and neck. What could cause something like this? (haven't been in any accidents)

It can be one of: Several possibilities ranging from: muscular, cervical disc origin, shoulder issue, even gi, respiratory and cardiac etiology. If it does not resolve or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain at my left shoulder blade and it travels into my shoulder and neck. It hurts to breathe and move. It's been 3 months. Please help.?

I have a sharp pain at my left shoulder blade and it travels into my shoulder and neck. It hurts to breathe and move. It's been 3 months. Please help.?

Poor posture: It could be from poor posture. If you sit a lot, you could have slouched shoulders and neck which pull on your shoulder blade. You could have a shoulder-neck strain syndrome. This can be improved wiht stretches of your neck daily, improving your posture and/or massage. ...Read more

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Sudden sharp pain left shoulder blade and neck today, getting much worse can't hold head up properly due to neck/back pain. Temp 35.4?

Sudden sharp pain left shoulder blade and neck today, getting much worse can't hold head up properly due to neck/back pain. Temp 35.4?

Need a full exam: These symptoms are indeed concerning as neck and back pain with a low temperature can be due to many issues. I would see a doctor face to face to examine your chest, neck and back to determine what is causing this finding. Good luck. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain. You don't describe radicular symptoms that would suggest a neurologic etiology. Initial treatment after an H&P and imaging usually starts with NSAIDs and maybe a muscle relaxer and also some therapy exercises to see if your symptoms will get better ...Read more

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Started last night sharp pain behind right shoulder blade when breathing worse with deep breath, radiates into right neck and arm-seems better today??

Started last night sharp pain behind right shoulder blade when breathing worse with deep breath, radiates into right neck and arm-seems better today??

Could be a: Pinched nerve in your NECK (C6-7)

If gets worse a cervical exam/neuro eval and possible cervical MRI study may be indicate!

Discuss with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Sharp pain starting from under my left shoulder blade up to the left hand side of my neck?

Sharp pain starting from under my left shoulder blade up to the left hand side of my neck?

Evaluation needed: Very commonly, pain near or around the shoulder blade is not shoulder related at all. Instead, it is most often related to neck/cervical spine related issues. A "pinched nerve" from the neck either from a disc bulge/herniation/bone spur is usually the culprit. The only way to know for sure would require an evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon or perhaps your primary care provider. ...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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During sports jumped wrong way and got a sharp pain in back of neck into back of head. Have neck, shoulder blade, and shoulder pain. What could this b?

During sports jumped wrong way and got a sharp pain in back of neck into back of head. Have neck, shoulder blade, and shoulder pain. What could this b?

Cervical strain: You may have moved one of the vertebrae in your neck and caused what is commonly called a "pinched"nerve and also sprained the muscles in your neck. Consult with an osteopathic physician who can help restore your good health. ...Read more

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I have a tingling burning in my left shoulder blade and when I press the back of my neck under my skull I get a sharp pain in my collar bone?

I have a tingling burning in my left shoulder blade and when I press the back of my neck under my skull I get a sharp pain in my collar bone?

Cervical pathology: This seems to be coming from your neck. There are different possibilities as to what could be causing it but disc bulges compressing nerve and/or facet joint are two poss. The referred pain noticed on palpation of neck could be nyofascial in nature. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade/back radiating to my left breast, left arm, neck. No breast lumps and breast does not hurt when its being touched?

Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade/back radiating to my left breast, left arm, neck. No breast lumps and breast does not hurt when its being touched?

Pain neck, back: The type of radiating pain you describe is often from nerve impingement (pinching) in the neck spinal area or in the thoracic area. See your doctor for diagnosis. Physical therapy helps. Avoid neck and back strain, heavy lifting most sports for now. ...Read more

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Tingle in right hand and finger tips, sharp pain in neck area when I lower my head also pain in elbow joint and shoulder blade all on right side.

Tingle in right hand and finger tips, sharp pain in neck area when I lower my head also pain in elbow joint and shoulder blade all on right side.

Cerivical radiculiti: Sounds like you have a herniated disc or pinched nerve in your neck. Reproduction of the pain and numbness while bending your neck to the affected side is called a positive "spurling's sign". Your shoulder blade pain is also characteristic of this. Would start with some otc antiiflams and if pain persists or weakness develops in hand or numbness persists would seek attention. ...Read more

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Relieving shoulder and neck pain possibly due to improper lifting? I lift a lot a work, and now feel a sharp pain between my left shoulder and neck.

Relieving shoulder and neck pain possibly due to improper lifting? I lift a lot a work, and now feel a sharp pain between my left shoulder and neck.

Relief: Most likely you gave a shoulder impingement syndrome common in weight lifters including myself. Nsaids ice heat. Less like possibilities include pulled trap muscle or high cervical disc herniation. Physical therapy guided by therapist with stretch bands helpful to counteract. Try to not go as deep with bench or military p. If no better see doc. ...Read more

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What causes short sharp pain in head? It is accompanied with shoulder pain and neck pain

Pinched nerve?: Could be many things, but short bursts of radiating pain including the neck and arm (shoulder) can indicate a pinched nerve. If the problem persists for 2 weeks or more see your doctor. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in neck by shoulder. 2nd time in 2yrs. Excruciating pain when I turn my neck. Pain went away after 2 days. Herniated disk maybe? Need MRI?

Unlikely HD: Pain relieve in two days mostly cause by muscular spasm rather than HD, massage, heat, muscle relaxants, over the counter anti inflammatory, ...Read more

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A couple weeks ago I woke up with neck pain an shoulder pain...like I slept wrong stiff neck....neck sore for a couple days an went away...but the dull aching nerve wracking pain is still hurting off an on in my shoulder....not a sharp pain but a dull irr

Possibly normal but?: In most cases it can be a pain which will persist for several weeks. The pain in the shoulder comes and goes so probably does not mean something bad but should gradually get better. If it persists then the area needs to be evaluated and need to see your Dr. Use heat and gentle range of motion with some NSAID like Ibuprofen if not contraindicated. I hope this is helpful for you. ...Read more

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I have shoulder and neck pain, it is at the base of my head and goes along my neck down along my shoulder and shoulder blade. Like being pushed down?

I have shoulder and neck pain, it is at the base of my head and goes along my neck down along my shoulder and shoulder blade. Like being pushed down?

Muscle spasm.: Absent injury, of which you made no mention, is probably muscle spasm from awkward neck posture while sleeping. Is common in people in thirties and in springtime for some reason. Some think is from cold air coursing over neck while sleeping. Use heating pad while awake to relax neck muscles. Wear a turtleneck to bed. If continues see an osteopath. ...Read more

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What type of doctor specializes in shoulder blade and neck pain, headaches?

What type of doctor specializes in shoulder blade and neck pain, headaches?

Spine nerve irritate: You may have neck nerve root irritation please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a specialist and physical medicine and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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I have severe neck pain (right side) shoulder blade pain (right), what can I do?

I have severe neck pain (right side) shoulder blade pain (right), what can I do?

Pinched nerve: Medication, therapy
diagnostic studies will help find the reason and the solution. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause neck pain shoulder and shoulder blade pain? Or what are some different things it could be?

Can a pinched nerve cause neck pain shoulder and shoulder blade pain? Or what are some different things it could be?

MANY CONSIDERATIONS: A ruptured disc in neck, thoracic outlet syndrome, pectoralis minor syndrome, parsonage turner syndrome, all could be considered. Even carpal tunnel may refer pain upwards, but not usually into neck. Shoulder, neck, and blade pain may be seen with internal shoulder derangements, such as rotator cuff tear. With all these thoughts, see your physician and pin this down. Then treat it. ...Read more

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What causes neck pain? Whenever air hits my neck I have extreme pain in the neck and into the shoulder blade. I have a hard time to function when it is like that. Please help. If you can?

Inflammation: Of the neck and shoulder muscles typically causes pain up the skull, down the back and both arms. If you have pain with slight movement that radiates to the shoulder, it is possible you may have radiculopathy, or nerve root impingement, from the cervical spine. Or a small vertebral fracture can cause instability of the spine in the neck and elicit pain. Please see a spine orthopedic right away. ...Read more

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I have middle back pain right side below shoulder blade next to spine. Also left side shoulde/neck pain up to back of skull. Could the two be related?

I have middle back pain right side below shoulder blade next to spine. Also left side shoulde/neck pain up to back of skull. Could the two be related?

Yes: One concern most important 2r/o is a pulmonary embolus. Get in 2 b cn, once this is r/ot u can b evaluated 4 other less serious causes. ...Read more

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Hi femal 32 & mother, I've been having serve pain for over 7 months now on the left side of my shoulder blade with neck pain too also numbness, heat -?

See doctor: Severe pain is always alarming and 7 months is a long time. You are a young mother and probably lift your kid often. This could be a shoulder problem, muscle problem or even a cervical spine problem, but only a doctor who has examined you can properly know what is happening and determine what needs to be done. ...Read more