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I have sharp pain under left shoulder blade only when running. What could be causing this?

I have sharp pain under left shoulder blade only when running. What could be causing this?

Pains: Pains can be caused by many things. Muscle strains, nerve irritation, etc. Also, on a rare occasion, the heart may cause pain to be referred to different areas, and when running, you could be getting this type of referred pain. So essentially, over the computer diagnosis is purely guesses. At the age of 57, Best for you to see a Dr., to get the true and most accurate diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sharp pain under left shoulder blade can only take shallow breaths, sore when sitting moving or lyung down?

Sharp pain under left shoulder blade can only take shallow breaths, sore when sitting moving or lyung down?

Doctor can evaluate: Such symptoms can be further evaluated. One can start with a primary care doctor, who may refer to a neurologist or an orthopedic doctor if necessary. A chest x-ray and lung exam may be needed, to make sure the heart, lungs, and their linings are ok. "sharp" pains can also be evaluated in the E.R. To be sure they are not related to a more serious problem, if one's primary doctor is not available. ...Read more

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Back pain (Tip)

Back pain

If you struggle with back or shoulder pain, ask your doctor for a prescription for massage. ...See more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Been having epigastric pain for 5 mo. Last week or so been noticing sharp pain in my mid back and also sharp pain under left shoulder blade. Related?

Been having epigastric pain for 5 mo. Last week or so been noticing sharp pain in my mid back and also sharp pain under left shoulder blade. Related?

Possibly: You may be having pain from gallstones. If the epigastric pain is on the right where the gallbladder is located, this could be related to gallstones. Occasionally, patients have referred pain to the area between the shoulder blades. It is more common to have pain under the right shoulder blade than the left. You can have your doctor check for gallstones with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Sharp pain under left shoulder blade. Movement-no pain, breathing-pain. Prev on blood thinner 4 clot. Off 1 month. Gall bladder out 1 wk. Another clot?

Sharp pain under left shoulder blade. Movement-no pain, breathing-pain. Prev on blood thinner 4 clot. Off 1 month. Gall bladder out 1 wk. Another clot?

Possibly: You have pleuritic pain - meaning respiratory motion (rubbing of the pleural surfaces or the muscles of respiration) provokes pain. A recurrent blood clot is certainly a possibility. Especially if you have history of blood clots, are off medication, and had recent surgery - all risk factors. You definitely need to be evaluated right away. ...Read more

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Chronic Back Pain (Tip)

Chronic Back Pain

Inactivity may make back pain symptoms worse not better. ...See more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Stretch and exercise
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Use NSAIDs and pain medications for relief
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Get an X-ray/MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine specialist if not better after 6 weeks
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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?

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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I have been experiencing a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade that comes and goes and gets worse when eating. what can it be?

I have been experiencing a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade that comes and goes and gets worse when eating. what can it be?

Referred pain: The diaphragm, when irritated, sends signals that makes it seem your shoulder is hurting and/or hiccups. Try a low fat diet, increase your oral hydration, (juice tea and water). Okay to get in with your regular doc for evaluation. Labs to check your liver, US to check your upper abdominal organs, EGD, CXR. Go sooner if you have fever or vomiting. Be well. ...Read more

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