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Back of left side of neck to my shoulder blade with pain and swelling. What could be the cause?

Back of left side of neck to my shoulder blade with pain and swelling. What could be the cause?

Did you : Injure it? Are you left-handed? Do you carry your purse on that shoulder? It sounds like some kind of spasm that is causing the swelling and pain. Have you tried ice or heat or Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)? ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I have been in pain since Monday with my neck and left shoulder blade. I have a swelling at top of spine which is very tender and painful?

Exam: I suggest the use of OTC Advil or Aleve (naproxen) if you are not allergic to these medicines. I strongly recommend OTC BioFreeze to relieve muscular pain. You MUST BE EXAMINED ...Read more

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I hurt my shoulder at work its really sore from the bottom of my shoulder blade around to my clavical and a bit up the back side of my neck. Ice helps but it still hurts. Minor swelling. What do I do?

I hurt my shoulder at work its really sore from the bottom of my shoulder blade around to my clavical and a bit up the back side of my neck. Ice helps but it still hurts. Minor swelling. What do I do?

Good exam: I think you first should get a thorough exam of your shoulder, back and cervical spine areas
You may have an injury to the shoulder but some
of your symptoms may be of a cervical etiology
I think there is an overreliance on mris
Often the mri may show abnormalities which are
not even causing symptoms ...Read more

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My mother has swelling on her left shoulder almost near the neck and it is going towards her back. She has no pain. What can this be?

My mother has swelling on her left shoulder almost near the neck and it is going towards her back. She has no pain. What can this be?

Needs evaluation: This needs to be properly evaluated. Your description fits a simple lump of fat called a lipoma, or cancer spread from somewhere else in the body to a lymph node. You should encourage and support her to seek proper help. If it is nothing, it can end up being ignored. Or, getting prompt treatment might be life-saving. ...Read more

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I have pain from my neck to shoulder blade and swelling in the shoulder arm and hand with massive pain in my shoulder blade i have no strength in arm?

I have pain from my neck to shoulder blade and swelling in the shoulder arm and hand with massive pain in my shoulder blade i have no strength in arm?

Could be bad: I don't like the sound of this at all. The swelling could suggest a venous of lymphatic blockage, plus minus infection The complete lack of strength is worrisome as well. I hope you read this soon as i really think you need immediate medical attention in an emergency room. ...Read more

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I'm have lower back pain and shoulder and neck pain my hand and arm swelling headache?

I'm have lower back pain and shoulder and neck pain my hand and arm swelling headache?

Let me try to help: Are those symptoms are recent or been there for long time? If they recent they could indicate start of systemic disease.
I would recommend visit to primary care and have do exam and lab work to see what is going on.
Are healthy otherwise? If you are this what I would recommend. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can cause front neck spasms and pain swelling around clavicle? I have Ehlers Danlos Sundrome could this be dislocation or cervical spine bulge?

What can cause front neck spasms and pain swelling around clavicle? I have Ehlers Danlos Sundrome could this be dislocation or cervical spine bulge?

Get imaging: With increased joint flexibility and pain/swelling around several joints, I recommend a visit with your doc and imaging. A CT scan of your chest will also evaluate your ascending aorta, which has some risk for dilation. Be well. ...Read more

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Neck pain and swelling of the neck and shoulder?

Neck pain and swelling of the neck and shoulder?

See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and sometimes shoulder pain. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

Could be: Lymph nodes are all over the body. You cannot feel most of them but the head and neck area have many which can be felt and that shallow pocket above your collarbone is one area where they are appreciated. There are, however, other causes for swelling and depending upon your symptoms, if this doesn't go away see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can sleeping wrong cause a little swelling in neck and shoulder?

Torticollis: That is conceivable. It is a great way to get torticollis, but I wouldn't normally expect swelling. Please see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have had some swelling at base of neck, going into shoulder (trapezius). I recently felt a small lymph node in that area — what are potential causes?

I have had some swelling at base of neck, going into shoulder (trapezius). I recently felt a small lymph node in that area — what are potential causes?

Get it checked!: Swollen lymph nodes can be secondary to a viral or bacterial infection or other sources of inflammation, 0. Of the greatest concern (admittedly unlikely) is cancer or lymphoma. While it is not likely, it is scary and should be checked. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my left shoulder they put a nerve block in my neck now I have swelling all the time in the area where the block was inserted what is causing the swelling?

Depends: On how long ago you had the surgery. If it has been several weeks then you should be looked at. Swelling for a few days is not unusual. There are blood vessels in the area of the block that may have bled leaving a hematoma. If it is hot and red then get checked out asap. ...Read more

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Pain and swelling on right side of neck and shoulder yesterday, now today my lung hurts?

Pain and swelling on right side of neck and shoulder yesterday, now today my lung hurts?

See a doctor: This concerns me. Do you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath? Do you smoke? Without knowing more history, it's hard to know what's going on, but I would be concerned about a problem in your lung.
Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Palpable bulge by lower neck/ collar bone that moves. Slightly swelling on the shoulder as well. No pain. What could it be?

Palpable bulge by lower neck/ collar bone that moves. Slightly swelling on the shoulder as well. No pain. What could it be?

Lipoma?: While it's certainly hard to tell from here?
Probably the most likely source of your mass would
be a lipoma.
It could also be a little knot or muscle spasm often called a trigger point
But, if you're concerned you shoulder check it out —
most likely not anything too bad? ...Read more

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Started as pain on top of shoulder now swelling and pain radiating to side of neck. Have implanted aicd also have copd. Related?

Started as pain on top of shoulder now swelling and pain radiating to side of neck.  Have implanted aicd also have copd.  Related?

Neck/shoulder pain: Doubt this is related to the Implant of the COPD as they are in different areas and most likely not related anatomically and physiologically. Have the swollen muscle examined and treated by the Dr. to get some relief. In the mean time, you can try warm compresses and an NSAID if ok with your Dr. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a wisdom tooth that has broken and it is causing pain in my shoulder and neck... Is it infection or swelling? How severe is this?

I have a wisdom tooth that has broken and it is causing pain in my shoulder and neck... Is it infection or swelling? How severe is this?

How severe: Forget about infection and swelling!
You must make a Dentist's appointment as soon as possible. When you contact the dentist tell him or her what the problem is and you will almost certainly be seen on that day or the next.
Hope all goes well! ...Read more

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Woke up with crick (stiffness & sore) neck & shoulder. Have no illness, temp, or swelling. What can I do to make it better & prevent in future?

Woke up with crick (stiffness & sore) neck & shoulder. Have no illness, temp, or swelling. What can I do to make it better & prevent in future?

Try this : These usually get better with nsaids, gentle stretching, and alternating ice / heat packs. Get a good cervical pillow. If symptoms are not improving see your doctor. ...Read more

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I went to the chiropractor yesterday and my massage therapist was a little heavier handed then I usually have. Now my neck and shoulder have swelling.

I went to the chiropractor yesterday and my massage therapist was a little heavier handed then I usually have. Now my neck and shoulder have swelling.

Bad idea: The deep, dangerous thrusting undertaken by chiropractors can be dangerous. And they usually have no consent form as to the danger. Never let a chiropractor do anything to your neck. Those bones are not designed to handle such abuse. Thoracic and Lumbar vertebrae can withstand such thrusting. You might entertain the thought that seeing a chiropractor is in fact a waste of money. ...Read more

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Swelling at bottom side of neck. Feels puffy not hard. Shoulder pain for a while. GP thought lymph node and on anti-bio but size same after a week.?

Swelling at bottom side of neck. Feels puffy not hard. Shoulder pain for a while. GP thought lymph node and on anti-bio but size same after a week.?

If it is an: Enlarged lymph node, it should resolve after 1 to 2 weeks. It could be something else, such as lipoma or cystic hygroma, both benign conditions. Show it to a surgeon if mass persists. ...Read more

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Swelling in triangle area above clavicle. Goes over mid clavicle to base of neck. Aching in shoulder arm and neck.

Swelling in triangle area above clavicle. Goes over mid clavicle to base of neck. Aching in shoulder arm and neck.

This can't be : Diagnosed with the available information. Recommend a physical examination, history and possibly lab or other testing. ...Read more

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I am in severe pain, left neck, shoulder, & clavicle area. I have swelling about 3 inches across, in the cs joint area, very tender to touch.?

Abscess: You may be describing an abscess or pus pocket eg painful swelling. Best to go see your Family Doc ASAP for evaluation & treatment as you may need to get swelling lanced & drained then started on antibiotics. Go to Urgent Care or ER if necessary. You may apply warmth/heat temporarily if necessary. In meantime, mark circumference of swelling w/indelible pen to give docs some idea of spread. ...Read more

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I have a burning pain in my neck/shoulder area that travels through my arm and swelling around my neck/shoulder. What may this be? Should I see a doc?

I have a burning pain in my neck/shoulder area that travels through my arm and swelling around my neck/shoulder. What may this be? Should I see a doc?

Consider: Cervical root problem, brachial plexus issue like thoracic outlet, local shoulder joint problem or even referred sxs from further down arm. Get examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been itchy all day (first neck then shoulder now ankle) the places that itch are swelling with no rash. I now also have a slight fever What is it?

I've been itchy all day (first neck then shoulder now ankle) the places that itch are swelling with no rash. I now also have a slight fever What is it?

Angioedema: This appears to be an allergic reaction to something internal or external. It could be part of a viral infection. Take an antihistamine like benadryl(can make you drowsy) or Claritin (loratadine) for relief. Try to think of anything you ate that could have brought on this reaction. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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My 9 yr old son has severe asthma... I noticed in the past 2months he had some unusal swelling in his face hands and hump between his neck and shoulder?

My 9 yr old son has severe asthma... I noticed in the past 2months he had some unusal swelling in his face hands and hump between his neck and shoulder?

? On oral steroids ?: The features you describe sound like the effect of the membrane stabilizer medications often used with severe asthma. The "moon face" and hump can reflect changes in fat deposition under the skin when this med is used at higher doses for an extended period. Please discuss your observations with the dr. ...Read more