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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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 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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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 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. Sell prompt evaluation ...Read more

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