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Doctor insights on: Stabbing Pain Under Shoulder Blade When Coughing

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Had the flu 3 weeks ago. still have cough, congestion, increasing fatigue, muscle aches and stabbing pain between shoulder blades. Should I be worried?

Had the flu 3 weeks ago. still have cough, congestion, increasing fatigue, muscle aches and stabbing pain between shoulder blades. Should I be worried?

Chest xray: many viral illnesses can cause symptoms for weeks, but with a continued cough and pain, I would worry about developing a pneumonia. It would be wise to get a chest xray to make sure there is not a worse infection going on ...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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What is sharp stabbing pain in left shoulder blade?

What is sharp stabbing pain in left shoulder blade?

Muscular: In all probability it is muscular, however, if it is a long term or re-occurring problem, i would at least ask my doc for a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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I have a stabbing pain in right shoulder blade. What could be wrong?

I have a stabbing pain in right shoulder blade. What could be wrong?

Muscle spasm?: It sounds like it could be muscle spasm. Apply heat to the area. Try using otc nsaids. Get a massage. If all that fails your pcp can prescribe a muscle relaxer for you. ...Read more

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Why is there a sharp, stabbing pain underneath my left shoulder blade?

Why is there a sharp, stabbing pain underneath my left shoulder blade?

Scapula Pain: Inflammation can occur underneath the shoulder blade where there is a bursa. This is called scapulothoracic bursitis and can be treated with therapy, NSAIDS, pain medications, and possibly a steroid injection. Make an appointment with an Orthopaedic shoulder surgeon to be evaluated and discuss treatment options. Take care, Joe Wilson. ...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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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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What does it mean when you have a stabbing pain at the base of your left shoulder blade in your back?

What does it mean when you have a stabbing pain at the base of your left shoulder blade in your back?

No trauma?: If you have not experienced a trauma, then the likely etiology of your pain is an irritated nerve in your neck. Anti-inflammatories and a formal course of physical therapy is the first line of treatment. An examination with an orthopaedic surgeon including xrays of both your neck and shoulder can help confirm the diagnosis. ...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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Pain near middle left back near shoulder blade but more towards the middle. Not constant. But it is a stabbing pain?

Get screening: You definitely need to make sure all your screening diagnostic tests are upto date and negative. Thereafter consider a vacation, and a message. Placing something from freezer in a thin towel and placing on area will help. Maybe and I believe it is most likely muscle spasm from stress. But again, make sure you don't ignore the first line above. Taking an anti-inflammatory if you have good Kidneys 2 ...Read more

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Can ibc cause stabbing pain in shoulder blade and ribs?

See your doctor: Inflammatory breast cancer (ibc) can cause pains and swelling sensations around the arm and shoulders, even the ribs, usually starts in the breast and nipple region, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How to treat stabbing pain below my right shoulder blade?

A few options: Sharp pain in the periscapular area can be related to myofascial (muscle) strain , primarily rhomboid , serratus, and infraspinatus muscles. If the pain radiates toward the front, consider intercostal neuralgia (an irritation of the nerve associated with each rib).
If the pain is at the upper shoulder blade radiating out toward the shoulder, it may be a suprascapular neuralgia. ...Read more

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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 this Sharp stabbing pain in my shoulder blade every time I move or take a deep breath it hurts. What could this be? Should I be worried?

Depending on other: symptoms, it could be something serious, such as pulmonary embolism especially if your knee has bee immoblized, pleurisy, or even pneumonia. Or it could be shingles. Get to your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...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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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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For the last week I have sharp stabbing pain in my left shoulder blade which causes some pain in the arm . What could this be ?

Strain: Sounds like you may have a rib or upper back out of place. See your doctor and make an appointment with a chiropractor as well. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a sharp stabbing pain near my shoulder blade on my right side. It is constant pain, though gets worse when I breathe.

Be seen: I would be seen. While it could very well be musculoskeletal, pain in that area that is worse with breathing should be evaluated for possible cardiac and pulmonary causes, such as a pulmonary embolus for example. ...Read more

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For over a year I've had pain in my right upper back in the shoulder blade area. It feels like a stabbing pain. Pain in back around to front chest?

Shoulder pain: For a 48 year old woman your pain in your sholder blade may be referred pain from gall bladder disease. Check with your doctor for x- rays of your gall bladder ...Read more

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I have a burning/stabbing pain in right shoulder blade that has been coming on more at night. Also I have a patch of skin there which has no feeling?

I have a burning/stabbing pain in right shoulder blade that has been coming on more at night. Also I have a patch of skin there which has no feeling?

Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain in left shoulder blade and left side of abdomen, abdomen feels normal, could be linked to endometriosis?

Stabbing pain in left shoulder blade and left side of abdomen, abdomen feels normal, could be linked to endometriosis?

U could be right.: Your ibs can contribute to ur symptoms.Follow up nevertheless with ur dr and get checked for ruptured intestines, peritonitis/ inflamed lining of the abdominal wall etc. Take care! http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/ http://www.Medicinenet.Com/script/main/mobileart.Asp?Articlekey=356. ...Read more

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I have a sharp stabbing pain going from my left chest through to my back shoulder blade...Should i go to the doctor? The pain comes and goes

Sharp chest pain: Yes, you should go to the nearest er and see your physician. These symptoms must not be taken lightly as they may suggest serious medical conditions like heart attack, aortic dissection, blood clots in the lungs, atypical chest pain from gerd seems less likely. Further work up is necessary to exclude serious conditions. ...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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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?

See MD: This sounds like it could be serious and if you don't have it looked at by a physician it could leave you with long term pain. Try OTC Advil or Aleave, if you don't get relief when you see your doctor ask for some pain killers. I can't tell what to ask for as your MD may prescribed more conservatively etc. I sounds like nerve pain. You may have pulled a muscle. It can easily happen unknowingly. ...Read more

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I WAS FINE WHEN SUDDENLY HAD SEVERE, SHARP, STABBING PAIN FROM IN RT EAR DOWN TO INSIDE RT SHOULDER BLADE. PAIN IS NOT CONSTANT. 48 YR FEMALE. NO CLUE?

I WAS FINE WHEN SUDDENLY HAD SEVERE, SHARP, STABBING PAIN FROM IN RT EAR DOWN TO INSIDE RT SHOULDER BLADE. PAIN IS NOT CONSTANT. 48 YR FEMALE. NO CLUE?

URGENT ER EVAL: That area of the neck is where the CAROTID ARTERY is. You need prompt evaluation to rule out a dissection /aneurysm/Stenosis. Also it is possible to have a DVT IN THE SHOULDER/BRACHIAL PLEXUS REGION. Seek prompt evaluation ...Read more

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What causes a stabbing pain in top of right shoulder blade almost between shoulder blades while walking at a brisk pace? PCP says heart ok.

What causes a stabbing pain in top of right shoulder blade almost between shoulder blades while walking at a brisk pace?  PCP says heart ok.

Levator scapulae: 30's female w. intermittent pain in region of right scapula has gallbladder disorder or tendinitis insertion of right levator scapulae on right superior scapula spine. Superior scapula spine, a bony prominence, is major anatomical locus of pain found in fibromyalgia patients & an anatomical focus highlighted in just about every "fibromyalgia medication" advertising ever made (proof pending pub.). ...Read more