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Had a cough for a month & sinus infection. Now on the 9th day of taking antibiotic. I have sharp, stabbing pain now from left shoulder blade to under left breast.

Had a cough for a month & sinus infection. Now on the 9th day of taking antibiotic. I have sharp, stabbing pain now from left shoulder blade to under left breast.

Go back to doctor: This will, at the very least, require a thorough physical exam, and probably a chest imaging study. Go back and discuss with the doctor who prescribed the antibiotic. Good luck. ...Read more

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Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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I have had excruciating stabbing pain in my upper right side of my back.. Under my shoulder blade. Can you please tell me what it could be?

I have had excruciating stabbing pain in my upper right side of my back.. Under my shoulder blade. Can you please tell me what it could be?

Go to ER: Considering your age possibilities include cardiac origin. Muscle strains won't hurt you, but cardiac events can. Best to have this type of pain checked out immediately. If you also have shortness of breath, call 911. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain left side of my back just under the shoulder blade only when i lay down ?

Stabbing pain left side of my back just under the shoulder blade only when i lay down ?

Seek medical attn: Stabbing pain in your back could just be musculoskeletal however it might be due to inflammation surrounding your lungs, heart or other organs (stomach, pancreas, etc) . A physician needs to evaluate you and decide if you need imaging or other studies. ...Read more

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I have a stabbing pain under my right shoulder blade. What can I do for it?

I have a stabbing pain under my right shoulder blade. What can I do for it?

Shoulder blade pain: Shoulder blade pain may, in some cases, be a manifestation of irritation of the diaphragm. This symptom should be evaluated by a physician immediately. ...Read more

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Whenever i breathe there is another stabbing pain on my shoulder blade. Could this be linked to my under eating?

No: This type of many can have several causes including localized issues such as strain or a rhomboid bursitis. Its origin can also be in the chest cavity. Have your doctor take a look. ...Read more

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6+ month been having sharp stabbing pain under right shoulder blade, accompanied with achey neck sometimes pain can last for few day to few weeks.help?

6+ month been having sharp stabbing pain under right shoulder blade, accompanied with achey neck sometimes pain can last for few day to few weeks.help?

It depends: There are many possible causes. An irritation of a nerve in the thoracic pain can cause pain to radiate around one side of the trunk. A gallbladder problem can cause pain radiating into the right side as can a lung and kidney problem. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually tell the cause. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is there a sharp stabbing pain under my left shoulder blade?

Help docs? Why is there a sharp stabbing pain under my left shoulder blade?

Muscle strain.: It could be a strained muscle , or, less likely, a pinched nerve, radiating pain under the shoulder blade. See a non-surgical sports medicine specialist, who can sort that out for you. ...Read more

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I have a stabbing pain under my shoulder blade. What kind of doctor to see about this?

Pain management: Agood pain management specialist would be your best bet. These docs can be trained either in anesthesiology, physiatry, or neurology. Ask for a board certified interventional pain specialist. They would be able to differentiate between myofascial pain, and intercostal neuralgia. ...Read more

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Sudden sharp stabbing pain under left shoulder blade down through ribs, comes and goes on and off, rest/hear/ice does not help?

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

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