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Sharp Pain Under Left Shoulder Blade
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
I have sharp pain under left shoulder blade every few hours for only 5-10 seconds. First, it hurt to take a deep breath although I could. Now, it does?
Sharp pain: This most likely is a pinched intercostal nerve or muscle that runs between 2 ribs. It causes Sharp, fleeting pains often precipitated by a deep breath. A lung cause or pleurisy is also a possibility if there is associated cough or fever. Pinched nerve is not serious and usually resolves on its on. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen or if there is fever, cough, wheeze, breathlessness ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Eval 1st: This 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. Options include therapy, chiropractic care, injections, and eventually surgery. ...Read more
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
Pleurisy: Pain with deep inspiration is often caused by pleurisy. Pleurisy is often associated with a recent respiratory illness. ...Read more
I have a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade especially when I take deep breaths. How can I treat this?
Ribs or Lung?: Pain when you take a deep breath seems to indicate that when your rib cage expands this is painful...This points towards a problem in the rib cage or pulmonary system although the possibilities can be many. If this is minor it can just be a strain of a rib cage muscle but if significant, see your doctor. ...Read more
Having epigastric pain for 5 mo. No docs can find anything, with the pain I have a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade, and pain in middle of back
Pun?: I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you are saying it feels like. Please clarify and resubmit question. ...Read more
Sudden sharp stabbing pain under left shoulder blade down through ribs, comes and goes on and off, rest/hear/ice does not help?
Pain: Sounds like this came on at rest. Have you been coughing or having a fever? Does the pain worsen with a breath. Although you have tried rest and thermal measures have you tried an NSAID? If you find yourself coughing, fever or persistent symptoms especially if symptoms worsen with breathing you should get checked. ...Read more
Muscular: Use heating pad twice daily. If no improvement see md. ...Read more
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
I was diagnosed with bronchitis 5 days ago and although I feel a little better today I started having sharp severe pain under my left shoulder blade?
Several possiblities: Could be pneumonia or pleurisy, but sounds like a rib dysfunction, ie the rib gets 'knocked out of whack' by coughs. Often presents w/ sharp or severe achy pain, worse with deep inhalation or exhalation.)it's easily treatable by osteopathic manipulation, if it is the cause. A proper history & physical exam, including an osteopathic hands-on exam might be able to determine the exact cause. ...Read more
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
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
Experiencing a very sharp pain in left shoulder under end of blade it where soft tissue is. Taking deep breath bending down is when it's most painful?
Peri scapular pain: This sounds like periscapular pain. The muscles that surround your shoulder blade can get strained or overworked either due to a shoulder injury (rotator cuff) or from certain overuse activities. Periscapular pain can be treated by massage to that area, heat can help, physical therapy to rehab the shoulder and also address the periscapular muscles and topical or oral anti inflammatory medications ...Read more
More info?: Did you injure yourself? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Any nausea? Fevers? If this is recent you could try ibuprofen, heat, massage. If long standing or worsening see a doctor to begin workup. ...Read more
Shoulder blade pain: Your pain may be muscular, but may also be related to heart or lung problems. You should see your primary care doctor for a history, physical exam and possible diagnostic studies. ...Read more
Muscle strain?: The most likely source is muscle strain, but postural irregularities can also cause some periscapular pain. Problems with your neck can also referred pain to the scapular area. If home remedies do not resolve the pain, you should see an Ortho specialist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more
Several causes: This type of pain can have several causes. It can be local such as a strain or rhomboid bursitis. It can originate inside the chest cavity. If it is tender, it is likely a local issue. Have a doctor evaluate it if it has been present for a while. If recent try heat at the area and either advil or aleve (naproxen). ...Read more
Sharp pain left shoulder right under shoulder blade. Tried massage didn't work. Hurts more with deep breaths & laying down. Why???
Evaluation: You should see your doctor to be evaluated and have chest X rey to find the caue so be treated. ...Read more
I woke up this morning with a sharp pain below my left shoulder blade. It also hurts when I breath in and gets worse when I move around.
Likely- muscle cramp: With no history of trauma or injury, the most likely cause of pain in the area described is a muscle injury. The intercostal, latissmus, and serratus anterior and rhomboid periscapular muscles could be some og the actual muscles involved. A trial of nsaids, rest, light stretching (when tolerated) should allow for a slef-limiting recovery. If still painful > 7 days seek orthopaedic evaluation. ...Read more
Randomly getting sharp pain in back by left shoulder blade. Randomly, takes my breath away, lasts couple mins then goes and I'm fine. What could it be?
Pleurisy, perhaps: If this has been going on for a few days, then I would schedule an appt with my primary care doctor. This could be something more serious, but if it is only a day or two, then some anti-inflammatory medicine taken wtih food might help with the pain. There are several things that can cause referred pain though and these might need to be evaluated ...Read more
I have sharp pain in my left shoulder blade that moves to my arm pit and should what can I do for the pain?
See a doctor: Pain is usually a signal that something is wrong. If this pain has been sticking around you should see a doctor and be checked out. Most of the time it is something fairly simple but you do not want to ignore something that could serious. ...Read more
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