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Upper left chest pain and shoulder pain what could be causing it it hurts severely to cough or sneeze?

Upper left chest pain and shoulder pain what could be causing it it hurts severely to cough or sneeze?

See below: You describe pleurisy or pericarditis. Sometimes intercostal muscular pain can mimic this. If the pain is worse lying down, improved sitting up/forward, it suggest pericarditis. If you have fever/cough, shortness of breath, it suggests pneumonia with pleural involvement. Were your chest xray and ct done recently/for this illness? A cxr, CBC and echo are usual parts of the evaluation. ...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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I repeatedly punched a door and now neck and shoulder pain is almost unbearable for a week. Stiffness in neck and hurts to cough or sneeze. What I do?

I repeatedly punched a door and now neck and shoulder pain is almost unbearable for a week. Stiffness in neck and hurts to cough or sneeze. What I do?

Get evaluated: Since you repeatedly punched a door you may have injured muscle, tendon, bone, nerve or all four. The best thing for you to do is ice the area for twenty minutes at a time and see your provider. ...Read more

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I have intense neck and shoulder pain. Can't move my head, breathe, cough, or sneeze without severe pain?

I have intense neck and shoulder pain. Can't move my head, breathe, cough, or sneeze without severe pain?

Need to see you doc!: If your pain is this intense then go see a physician. Did your neck and shoulder pain start gradually, suddenly or was there a precipitating cause? There could be something going on your cervical spine. But it is still best to have your self evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I have coughing, sneezing ear pain and shoulder pain. What could this be? I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and without taking any tests or examining me, the ER doctor diagnosed me with a common cold with bronchitis. Unfortunately I am a smoker and scared

I have coughing, sneezing ear pain and shoulder pain. What could this be? I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago and without taking any tests or examining me, the ER doctor diagnosed me with a common cold with bronchitis. Unfortunately I am a smoker and scared

Hard to say: The shoulder pain doesn't fit well into the er doc's diagnosis. Ear pain can come from eustachian tube dysfunction due to irritation at the back of the throat. Heart pain can radiate to the shoulder and with you being a smoker perhaps an ekg or chest x-ray is warranted. Time to get help in stopping smoking? ...Read more

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I am experiencing shoulder pain and headache (side: left) (worsened by: bending forward, sneeze or cough, routine activity, psychological stress, . ..

I am experiencing shoulder pain and headache (side: left) (worsened by: bending forward, sneeze or cough, routine activity, psychological stress, . ..

Pinched nerve: There are multiple potential causes, and I would not hesitate to be seen. One of the more common causes is a pinched nerve in the neck which can classically cause neck pain, headaches, and pain that runs into the shoulder. Because coughing and sneezing increase pressure on the spinal canal, they will classically worsen pain that comes from the spine. Don't hesitate to be seen for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pain behind shoulder blade when I move it or sneeze?

Pain behind shoulder blade when I move it or sneeze?

Musculoskeletal: Upper back pain near the shoulder blade on one side and intensified by sneezing is likely musculoskeletal. In a late 30's male certain labor or sport mechanical muscle stress might cause a nagging pain intensified by movement. Muscle rest is important, and discomfort longer than 2-3 weeks becomes worrisome. If fever, cough, or shortness of breath then is concern for more urgent evaluation. ...Read more

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Have sharp pain in both my shoulder blades especially when I sneeze?

Have sharp pain in both my shoulder blades especially when I sneeze?

Most likely: Musculoskeletal discomfort. See your health care provider for examination and testing to be sure it isn't anything more serious. ...Read more

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For the last 2 days when I cough or sneeze I get a sharp pain/pinch in my shoulder...?

Could be...: Without much information or an exam, this could be a number of conditions but given that you say cough and sneezing it could be a pulled muscle or pleurisy. ...Read more

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Bent over to get stuff off floor. Sneezed and lot of pain in neck and shoulder blade area.

Bent over to get stuff off floor. Sneezed and lot of pain in neck and shoulder blade area.

Neck pain: The best scenario is mucle pull causing spasm, should improve in a few days, use heat and mobilize. Worst scenario is a damaged disc in the neck. Watch for any tingling, numbness, weakness in fingers, difficulty swallowing, headaches etc. See a doctor for getting an MRI if these symptoms exist. Good luck ...Read more

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Last night I was woken up due to a sneeze but when a took a deep breath to sneeze, I got a pain between my shoulder blades.

Upper back: This sounds like a muscular spasm or strain brought upon by the deep breath. If the pain was very sharp and more to the side rather than the midline, a pinched intercostal nerve or muscle (runs between 2 ribs) is another possibility. Either way, I wouldn't expect the discomfort to last more than a day or two. Check with your physician as needed. ...Read more

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What could be causing very sharp chest, shoulder, and back pain whenever I sneeze or cough?

What could be causing very sharp chest, shoulder, and back pain whenever I sneeze or cough?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain in my shoulder blade when I lie down and only when I sneeze or breathe extremely deep. What can be the reason?

Many possibilities: This sounds like it may be due to irritation of the pleural lining of the the lung (pleuritis) on that side. This could be due to infection or a blood clot. It could also be related to a musculoskeletal injury. If this persists, I recommend seeing a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Pain under left shoulder blade. Hurts when taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing. Made better laying on left side. Otherwise aches and throbs?

Pain under left shoulder blade. Hurts when taking deep breaths, coughing, sneezing. Made better laying on left side. Otherwise aches and throbs?

Muscle pain: This seems like a torn muscle, if you carried something heavy or moved quickly or did some new exercise. An NSAID should help the pain andtake it easy. ...Read more

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Sharp, stabbing, knife-like-pain in my back under my left shoulder blade. Bending backwards, twisting left, sneezing increase pain. Could it be a rib?

Sharp, stabbing, knife-like-pain in my back under my left shoulder blade. Bending backwards, twisting left, sneezing increase pain. Could it be a rib?

YES!: An out of place rib can definitely cause pain like this. Go online and buy a MA Roller. About $30?
It's a specially shaped roller that you can lay on a carpeted floor on the roller and slowly adjust your body to move the roller up and/or down your back. It will adjust your spine and ribs using your bodies weight. It's wooden and can be quite painful over the area that's a problem but it will help. ...Read more

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When I sneeze, I have a sharp pain in 1 spot on my left shoulder. It hurts right under the collarbone next to where the shoulder starts to form. It doesn't do it every time I sneeze, just violent 1s?

When I sneeze, I have a sharp pain in 1 spot on my left shoulder. It hurts right under the collarbone next to where the shoulder starts to form. It doesn't do it every time I sneeze, just violent 1s?

I won't worry.: Likely muscle strain. Follow up with your dr if it worsens. Cover your nose when u sneeze to prevent the spread of germs (pun intended). Take care and god bless you! ...Read more

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I'm 25 and just recently have been getting pain in my shoulder blade when I breathe in heavy or sneeze, just wondered what it could be, thanks?

I'm 25 and just recently have been getting pain in my shoulder blade when I breathe in heavy or sneeze, just wondered what it could be, thanks?

Treat but watch: Muscle strain is most likely. Treat with heat and Tylenol, (acetaminophen) but if no better in a few days, see your doctor for possible pleurisy or other disorders. Most muscle strain resolves on its own. ...Read more

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Hi under my right shoulder blade is a sharp pain while intensified by sneezing and hurts when I move. Are there any treatments to this condition?

Hi under my right shoulder blade is a sharp pain while intensified by sneezing and hurts when I move. Are there any treatments to this condition?

There R many treat-: -ments 4 orthopedic conditions or medical problems, but 1'st U need a diagnosis. Especially if Ur on BC pills, as this could B intrinsic shoulder or pulmonary in origin. Get in 2 C Ur PCP 4 a start & get referrals if necessary. I feel this is very important 4 Ur health & safety. ...Read more

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I feel pain in my left shoulder aswell as my left hip when breathing deeply, sneezing and yawning. Please let me know the cause and what is to be done. Thnx?

I feel pain in my left shoulder aswell as my left hip when breathing deeply, sneezing and yawning. Please let me know the cause and what is to be done. Thnx?

Need more info: How long have you had this pain? Do you have any fever or sore throat? it could be a flu type of viral infection. If it is viral, it should settle down in 3-5 days. If it does not go away or gets worse you should go see your PCP who can examine you and find out if you have anything seriously wrong or not. ...Read more

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What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?

What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?

It's most: Probably from repetitive musculo-skeletal strain from breathing and especially sneezing. Suggest a check up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could damaged neck/shoulder muscles cause a pain in the back of my head (one side) when I cough or sneeze? Really worried? Thank you

Yes, but it: Would depend on extent and exact location of damage. Consult with your doctor if pain persists. ...Read more

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Can you pull muscle in upper arm/shoulder/back by sneezing into elbow I have some violent sneezes at times & feel pain in those areas.

Can you pull muscle in upper arm/shoulder/back by sneezing into elbow I have some violent sneezes at times & feel pain in those areas.

Sneezing: It can definitely happen. The best treatment I have found is Ibuprofen and rest. It may take a few days to get better. Feel better. ...Read more

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I have had a tension/mild soreness/ache in my left shoulder/neck for the past 10 years, starting with a sneeze on a bicycle. How can I fix it?

Eliminate the pain: First thing is to try to determine cause to check for any fracture, calcium deposits with xrays and medical checkup with bloodwork
to look for arthritis/gout. If it turns out to be muscular/tension/bursitis of shoulder neck, then first eliminate pain with ice packs, antiinflammatories, rest and after pain relieved begin physical therapy/myofascial/stretching and finally strengthen muscles. ...Read more

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On right side has been experiencing pain under breast and in back under shoulder blade hard to been down an cough or sneeze?

On right side has been experiencing pain under breast and in back under shoulder blade hard to been down an cough or sneeze?

Shingles?: This could be an early stage of shingles before the rash appears if the pain is confined to one half of the body. Only time will tell. ...Read more

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I suffer from excruciating pain in my right shoulder and right side of my abdomen during deep breaths, burps and sneezing (i do not have cold).

I suffer from excruciating pain in my right shoulder and right side of my abdomen during deep breaths, burps and sneezing (i do not have cold).

Shoulder pain: MAY be from rotator cuff damage or other shoulder issues. Right abdominal pain may be a different related to digestion. Please see doctor and tell him/her about all your symptoms. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Tingling/itchiness in the same spot between left shoulder blade and spine. I also feel mild pain in the same spot when sneezing. This seems to be trig?

Tingling/itchiness in the same spot between left shoulder blade and spine. I also feel mild pain in the same spot when sneezing. This seems to be trig?

Muscular vs disc: If you have pain that traverses the spine with sneeze could be a slipped disc but also could muscular tightness or spasm from bad posturing. Can try NSAIDS with supervision of a doctor if confirmed. Also compresses and exercises for the back to improve posture. ...Read more

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Dull pain in left shoulder blade, but increases to a sharp pain if I inhale deep, or go to sneeze or stretch it, ideas?

This can be a sign: Of just a muscle pull or related to a disc problem or even to something irritating the diaphragm on that same side. If it persists or worsens, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm  hurting under my left shoulder blade when I cough, sneeze, yawn, take a deep breath, or laugh  sitting up or leaning forward does help ?

I'm  hurting under my left shoulder blade when I cough, sneeze, yawn, take a deep breath, or laugh  sitting up or leaning forward does help ?

Pleuritis: Unless you have a rare deformity of the underside of the scapula, the best bet is pleurisy. The lining of the lung is separated from the moving tissue by a fluid that occasionally is lacking in one spot and gets stuck. The irritation can persist and rarely requires medical help. Almost always you can wait and see if it is a transient and intermittant irritation. ...Read more