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Upper back extremely tight with left shoulder and arm pain to elbow. Saw my primary and he said muscleskeletal? Can it last 5 months or is he wrong?

Upper back extremely tight with left shoulder and arm pain to elbow. Saw my primary and he said muscleskeletal? Can it last 5 months or is he wrong?

Any human being: Could be wrong, but if you are not satisfied with your doctor's diagnosis, you should get another opinion. It sounds like a musculo-skeletal problem, so maybe an orthopedic surgeon might be able to confirm the diagnosis for you. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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When am severely stressed out I feel left side tightness with left-hand shoulder pain.my Dr only listened to my heart n BP. he said heart fine. Angina?

When am severely stressed out I feel left side tightness with left-hand shoulder pain.my Dr only listened to my heart n BP. he said heart fine. Angina?

Symptoms: Angina would be very unlikely in a 33y/o woman. Can only speculate from here, best to ask your doc what he/she thinks your symptom is. ...Read more

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Inthe last year I have been having a tight fealling under my left shoulder blade almost pin cushion fealing lung? That's all.

Inthe last year I have been having a tight fealling under my left shoulder blade almost pin cushion fealing lung? That's all.

See below: Commonly, shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Shoulder pain could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Ribcage pain can be from rib joints. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Tightness on left side of head, shoulder and heaviness on left neck & ear subsides after lying down.y?

Tightness on left side of head, shoulder and heaviness on left neck & ear subsides after lying down.y?

You need an exam: Tightness on one side of the head and shoulder along with neck and ear heaviness, that is relieved by lying down, suggest a mechanical cause. It may be due to several possibilities. These would include, among others, muscle strain in the neck/shoulder area and possibly a pinched nerve coming from your neck. Although the latter would usually cause pain, when turning your head to either side. ...Read more

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What causes an unbalance feeling & tightness on left side of head & shoulder &uncomfortableness in left ear & neck when resting on my back in chair?

What causes an unbalance feeling & tightness on left side of head & shoulder &uncomfortableness in left ear & neck when resting on my back in chair?

See below: Pressure on upper cervical nerves by the upper cervical spine can do this. The best approach is to sit in an upright posture or to place a pillow under your head when sitting on that hair. ...Read more

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Tight pain all over chest when running at high intensity(HR=190-200bpm). Spreads round to back and left shoulder. What could this be?

Tight pain all over chest when running at high intensity(HR=190-200bpm). Spreads round to back and left shoulder. What could this be?

Need more info: At your age & ability to perform intense exercise, your symptoms are not likely coronary. Does your heart skip beats? Do you have to stop running? Does the distress clear with rest? Is this a brand new change? Though it may be muscle strain, I recommend a checkup that might include an echocardiogram. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Tightness in left chest through back with dull pain down left shoulder and arm off and on for 5 year.?

Rule out MI: You need to go to a physician for a chest pain workup. Rule out the most serious possibilities, like coronary artery occlusion and work your way down. Could be muscle or indigestion. ...Read more

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Experience tightness in chest and pain in left shoulder and elbow when lying down. Pain resides when sitting or standing.

Experience tightness in chest and pain in left shoulder and elbow when lying down. Pain resides when sitting or standing.

Chest Pain -See Doc?: When to see a doctor?

How do you know when you need medical help for chest pain? It's not always easy to tell. Helpful simple quiz:

http://edition.cnn.com/HEALTH/help.at.home/chest.pain/content.html ...Read more

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When I finish a run or bend over the sink to do dishes I have this tight spot above or on the inside of my left shoulder blade that causes tingling?

When I finish a run or bend over the sink to do dishes I have this tight spot above or on the inside of my left shoulder blade that causes tingling?

Pleuritic catch: Several possibilities. The pain may be related to irritation of the pleura (lining of the lung) or ribs or muscles around the scapula.
A chest x-ray would be a good start but may not show any abnormalities. Have your physician examine you & if pain is significant consider other tests eg: ct or mri
ibuprofen can control the pain if it persists. Good luck. ...Read more

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What might cause weakness/aching in the left shoulder to left elbow, tightness in left chest for a few weeks?

What might cause weakness/aching in the left shoulder to left elbow, tightness in left chest for a few weeks?

Likely musculoskelet: Likely musculoskeletal but you need an exam to confirm. If you have other symptoms such as shortness of breath or risk factors for heart or lung disease be seen in the ER. Otherwise, see your family doctor for an exam and management. All the best. ...Read more

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I have had on several occasions shortness of breath tightness in chest n pain in left shoulder. It happens even when lying down.

I have had on several occasions shortness of breath tightness in chest n pain in left shoulder. It happens even when lying down.

More info needed: Is the discomfort affected by a deep breath or when you rotate your shoulder? What happens when you exert yourself? Do you have a cough? How long does the chest tightness last? Is there a tender spot on the rib cage? It doesn't sound too worrisome but have your pcp evaluate this complaint. ...Read more

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The back of my left shoulder deep down hurts 90% of the time with a tight and note and pulling feeling comes numnes and ten-glea in left hand when i?

The back of my left shoulder deep down hurts 90% of the time with a tight and note and pulling feeling comes numnes and ten-glea in left hand when i?

Missing words: Question is a bit broken, but sounds like you may have a pinched nerve that is causing pain and tightness in shoulder area along with some numbness in your left hand. If you are able to reproduce these symptoms with certain movements such as moving arm or neck, nerve issue is likely. If this happens with activity like running or stairs, see MD, I would be concerned about your heart. ...Read more

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Been out of the gym for a month due to left pec/intercostal strain. Now my left shoulder tires easily, is tight and burns w/ease when moved laterally.

Been out of the gym for a month due to left pec/intercostal strain. Now my left shoulder tires easily, is tight and burns w/ease when moved laterally.

Time for ortho: Time to go see an orthopedic surgeon or physiatrist. Get a good exam and see if you need pt or more........... ...Read more

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19 year old female. Heavy and tight chest pain for 20-30 minutes. Pain went to left shoulder and down the arm. Also, present in lower back. ER needed?

Maybe: You are young and presumably healthy. Your pain is very unlikely to be due to a serious condition like a heart attack. However, if you are concerned the ER is probably the fastest place to get re-assurance. It's honestly better to get seen by someone in person for these types of symptoms. ...Read more

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Painful breathing thru back and chest near lower left shoulder blade, esp with deep breaths. Some shortness of breath coughs, tight chest. Off &on 3w?

Costochondritis : The pain you describe is typical of either costochondritis pleurisy. The shortness of breath, chest tightness and cough maybe from asthma. The only way to find out what's going on is by an in person visit to a physicians office. ...Read more

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My left shoulder has been injured for a while. I feel muscle tightness in my neck and surrounding area, and range of motion is restricted. What to do?

My left shoulder has been injured for a while. I feel muscle tightness in my neck and surrounding area, and range of motion is restricted. What to do?

NSAIDs and therapy: You can try ibuprofen and physical therapy. Get a physical therapy evaluation and then you can continue proper exercises to improve your shoulder and neck function into the future. ...Read more

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I have had chest tightness and difficulty taking a full breath since sept. My ribs/sternum feel sore. Also, occasional numbness in left shoulder. Help?

I have had chest tightness and difficulty taking a full breath since sept. My ribs/sternum feel sore. Also, occasional numbness in left shoulder. Help?

Needs evaluation.: Your symptoms merit a careful medical evaluation, including a history, physical exam, ekg and chest x-rays. The symptoms might be due to a lung problem, heart problem or even a cervical spine problem. It needs to be determined. ...Read more

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A sharp pain for 30 secs or so, like muscle spasm, extending from left chest to left shoulder and neck. Same muscle tightness taking deep breaths 30 mins after the initial pain, should I worry?

You are young: Of course, people tend to worry about left chest pain being cardiac in origin. This would not be common at your age (but not impossible). In broad overview, sharp, short pains are less often of serious cause unless pain is quite severe and/or associated with other abnormalities. Ultimately, cannot diagnose this way; so, if concerned then have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Sharp-tight pain up under left rib & in left shoulder blad worse if eat. Keep clearing throat but nothing there. Bloods xray scan all clear??

Sharp-tight pain up under left rib & in left shoulder blad worse if eat. Keep clearing throat but nothing there. Bloods xray scan all clear??

Pancreatic problem : If u drink alcohol stop. U may have kidney stones. I may need an endoscopy to look for a stomach ulcer. Try to take OTC Prilosec for 2-3 days and see if pain improves.drink lot of water but not with meals. Check if have blood in urine,it may be a left kidney stone sometimes ...Read more

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Tightness in chest, back pain that goes up through left shoulder, into neck and back of head. Otc pain meds do not help. Sleeping difficult. Help!

See a physician: It is impossible to adequately diagnose anything online, though anytime somebody complains of tightness in the chest and pain into the left arm it raises a concern of heart issues. Please see a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Right arm fatigue with arm pit tightness; t3 (liothyronine) and t4 disc buldge that caused left shoulder pain; PT helped left shoulder but then right arm got worse.

I assume you have...: I assume you have questions, but it's not clear what they are. In any case, only your physical therapist and physician have enough information to give you a meaningful explanation. Please don't hesitate to ask them what they think the problem is and what should be done to evaluate and treat it. ...Read more

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Chest pain and chest tightness. I've had all heart tests done except cath. Which doctor won't do. This pain is even in my left shoulder and arm and throat gets tight. Even had cta. Anxiety?

Chest pain and chest tightness. I've had all heart tests done except cath. Which doctor won't do. This pain is even in my left shoulder and arm and throat gets tight. Even had cta. Anxiety?

Look elsewhere: Your doctor has made the determination that your pain is not of cardiac origin. There are many other non-cardiac possibilities including rotator cuff pain, tendinitis (in the shoulder), cervical spondylitis, bursitis and many GI causes like gerd and peptic ulcer disease. If the cta is negative, a cath is very unlikely to find disease. ...Read more

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I have a burning feeling in my chest that comes and goes. The feeling is on the left side of my chest abut 5-6 inches from my shoulder. It gets kind of tight and it feels like I can feel the blood flowing in that area.

I have a burning feeling in my chest that comes and goes. The feeling is on the left side of my chest abut 5-6 inches from my shoulder. It gets kind of tight and it feels like I can feel the blood flowing in that area.

Chest : Chest pain can mean many things. Other factors to take into consideration are age, history of high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, family history etc. Cardiac issues need to be ruled out. Also, muscle pain or even acid reflux can account for your symptoms. The bottom line is to be evaluated bu your doctor asap for a complete exam and testing.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Numbness between shoulder blades pain, tightness, tingling in left are with a slight pain in chest?

Numbness between shoulder blades pain, tightness, tingling in left are with a slight pain in chest?

Numbness: You should seek medical assistance. You need to be evaluated to see if this is cardiac, pinched nerves, muscular, or pulmonary. ...Read more

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I have tightness in my upper left side of back and goes by armpit to far left chest right by my shoulder. Seems worse in morning and night. Im 23?

I have tightness in my upper left side of back and goes by armpit to far left chest right by my shoulder. Seems worse in morning and night. Im 23?

Atypical Chest Pain: This may be induced by physical exertional activity; a result of over utilization of the muscles of the scapular region; and rarely, due to cardiac etiology in your age group. I recommend seeing your PCP, obtaining a complete examination, obtaining an EKG, and based upon the physical exam, any imaging studies of the chest and left shoulder to assist your PCP in making the Diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tightness and pain in the left neck, head and shoulder muscle subsides after lying down ... Why???

Tightness and pain in the left neck, head and shoulder muscle subsides after lying down ... Why???

Maybe stress: Could be related to stress. Muscle tightness is really nonspecific, and does not point to some dangerous diagnosis. If it is really bothersome, see your primary care for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more