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~2 wks mild pain in R shoulder. Pain got much worse when arms above head pulling shirt off, now sharp pain in shoulder lift arm some ways. Ideas?

~2 wks mild pain in R shoulder. Pain got much worse when arms above head pulling shirt off, now sharp pain in shoulder lift arm some ways. Ideas?

Rc tendinitis or...: Bursitis. You most likely flared up your rotator cuff. As a result overhead activity hurts because your rotator cuff bangs against your shoulder blade (acrimonious) and causes impingement. Limit your overhead activity, get on some nsaids for a few days and Ice. If. It better you might need some guided PT or a cortisone injection. ...Read more

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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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Sharp pain when lift things up to put on high shelf. Now, shoulder pain when extend arm to the side or lift arm up or write or sleep on side. Serious?

Sharp pain when lift things up to put on high shelf. Now, shoulder pain when extend arm to the side or lift arm up or write or sleep on side. Serious?

Bursitis: This could be a condition known as shoulder impingement or bursitis. It could also be a mild case of frozen shoulder (mild because your movement restriction sounds minimal) none of these are "serious" but likely needs an evaluation. ...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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Should I go to ER 56 yr old female bp left arm 130/90 74 pulse bp right arm 159/93 achy non sharp pain top center chest, left shoulder pain radiating from neck area, weakness in left arm

Should I go to ER 56 yr old female bp left arm 130/90 74 pulse bp right arm 159/93 achy non sharp pain top center chest, left shoulder pain radiating from neck area, weakness in left arm

Yes: Er eval is a good idea. You have chest pain and left arm symptoms radiating from the neck, these could represent angina, which means an impaired blood supply to the heart muscle from the coronary arteries. There are certainly other causes of chest and arm pain, but your combination of symptoms sounds concerning. It's better to be sure, go to the er. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain in left breast feels like pulled muscle. Hurts when move arm or move wrong and when still. Slight pain in shoulder. Help please : (?

Ribs: Sharp pain in the breast may be related to a "jammed" rib, called intercostal neuralgia. The pain is sharp and stabbing, may be in the front or back. A related condition is costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the cartilage where the ribs attach to the breastbone (sternum).
I advise that you see a good pain management physician.
Dr. Charles april is located in la. ...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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Sharp pain in shoulder after car wreck?

SHOULDER PAIN: Could be a sprain, but needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sharp pain in shoulder when throwing a baseball with velocity.?

What to do if I have a sharp pain in shoulder when throwing a baseball with velocity.?

Throwing pain: Pain with overhand throwing in a 45 year old may be as simple as a tight capsule in the back of the shoulder. This can be simply treated with stretching. More significant injuries may be a tear of the labrum or rotator cuff tendons. You should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder problems. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in shoulder blade I suffer from severe anxiety?

Thoracic pain: This is a nonspecific complaint and could represent anything from scapulothoracic pathology to cervical radiculopathy to underlying chest pathology (i.e. Heart, lungs). If the pain has been present for over 6 weeks or is severe and waking you at night or if there are any other concerns then you should see a physician. ...Read more

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What causes sharp pain in shoulder blade and hip when coughing?

What causes sharp pain in shoulder blade and hip when coughing?

Multiple answers: Sharp pain in the shoulder with coughing could represent a problem with a cervical or thoracic disc problem or possibly an issue with tendonitis in the shoulder. Less likely but possible. Definitely needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm 3 weeks post op rc tear repair surgery. Is it normal to sometimesfeel sharp pain in shoulder while taking a deep breath and shrugging my shoulders?

Yes: Yes it is but this should be improving each week after your surgery. At your next follow- up w/ your ors mention this to him so he can examine you. Continued pain w/ shoulder shrugs or increasing pain is not normal. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Right lung feels heavy at bottom like lump breathing in now sharp pain in shoulder constant when I move sometimes. Smoker now I have done damage?

Right lung feels heavy at bottom like lump breathing in now sharp pain in shoulder constant when I move sometimes. Smoker now I have done damage?

No idea: Nobody could tell you anything just from your symptoms. It is unlikely at your age that significant damage has been done, but that depends on your general health, your lungs and how long and hard you have smoked. If you are worried, see your physician for an examination of your heart and lungs, and they may want to do other tests, like a chest xray or ecg. ...Read more

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Have for 2 nights severe burning sharp pain in shoulder blade and behind breast upon lying down and breathing, .ok when sit up but burn stays a little?

Have for 2 nights severe burning sharp pain in shoulder blade and behind breast upon lying down and breathing, .ok when sit up but burn stays a little?

Muscle issues..: It sounds like you might have some muscle and possible nerve irritation in that area. If you suffered an injury, pushed, pulled, did heavy lifting this is most likely the consequence. Sometimes just by sleeping in the wrong position you may have this issue. Icing and anti-inflammatory meds can help. If persists or worse make sure you get checked ASAP esp. If not better or chest pain as well. ...Read more

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A sharp pain in my shoulder that lasted for a few minutes and left my shoulder soar what could be wrong shoulder pain for two weeks?

A sharp pain in my shoulder that lasted for a few minutes and left my shoulder soar what could be wrong shoulder pain for two weeks?

See details: See a doctor and have the shoulder evaluated. Bursitis and tendinitis are two common causes but there are several possible explanations. ...Read more

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Pain in my upper right arm if I move arm up quickly. I get frontal shoulder pain. Its been going on for 2 months now. The pain is sharp.

Rotator cuff?: Sounds like you may have injured your rotator cuff, which are the muscles and tendons that move your shoulder. Moist heat to the area, avoid lifting/straining, take Advil or Aleve (naproxen) as directed for pain. If no better in a few days, see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm having shoulder pain that radiates down to my wrist I've also noticed that when I take a deep breath I get a sharp pain in my shoulder,?

Brachial plexus?: Middle age person with shoulder pain intensified by inspiration & with radiation of pain to wrist needs Neurology evaluation to rule out brachial plexus injury, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, TOS, & lung tumor. Some Neurologists are unfamiliar with physical exam methods to define TOS & uncomfortable with this diagnosis; in which case an Osteopath might be consulted. An MRI of shoulder is indicated. ...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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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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Having shoulder pain on rt side. Can't move arm certain ways or I get sharp severe pain also muscles in upper back hurt all the time. What is wrong?

Having shoulder pain on rt side. Can't move arm certain ways or I get sharp severe pain also muscles in upper back hurt all the time. What is wrong?

Neck or rotator cuff: Could be a nerve root injury, a rotator cuff strain or an injury to paraspinal muscles. Would recommend initial evaluation by a pcp and then possible referral to an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Not clear: Typically if pain is related to movement it is muscle related. You need to also consider pneumonia or in your age range to consider, though unlikely, a blood clot especially if you are on birth control. Heart disease or inflammatory diseases are something to consider although less likely. See your doctor for a full exam and history. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing extreme back and shoulder pain that came w/ very mild fever. I also feel sharp pain in my lower back when I take a deep breath?

Back/shoulder pain: See a doctor ASAP. Pain can be referred from the abdomen by irritating the diaphragm (gall bladder, pancreas, etc.); may be from the lungs with irritation of the pleura (lining around lungs). This may represent infection or non-infectious inflammation, but whichever it proves to be it needs to be evaluated quickly and dealt with appropriately. Please see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Sharp pain close to my heart. Hurt to take breath. Pain in shoulder blade on same side. Could I have a heart problem?

Sharp pain close to my heart. Hurt to take breath. Pain in shoulder blade on same side. Could I have a heart problem?

POSSIBLE GET CHECKED: Pain as you describe close to your heart associated with hurt to breathe at your age needs to be checked asap
I suggest you get evauated by your doctor right away or go to ER as it may be related to yor heart or may be from the lungs ...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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Having sharp pain in neck with pain in shoulder what can this be? For the past 3wks I have been have a crook in my neck causing sharp pains. It is hard to turn neck at times. The pain sometimes cause throbbing in head neck base down my left shoulder. I ha

Neck pain: These symptoms could be caused by muscle spasm leading to nerve entrapment causing the pain in your neck and shoulder. However these could also be caused by vertebral displacement in which case surgery may be the cure. My suggestion is see your physician and have him get an MRI of your neck scheduled to rule out any surgical need. ...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