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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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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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?

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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