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Doctor insights on: Upper Left Back Pain Under Left Shoulder Near Shoulder Blade

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What can I do if I have upper back pain under the left shoulder blade?

What can I do if I have upper back pain under the left shoulder blade?

Anti-inflammatory: Upper back pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for this type of pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when i breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when i breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain bt shoulder blades with swelling under my left shoulder that goes down to the side of my rib with some swelling on my chest. ?

Having upper back pain bt shoulder blades with swelling under my left shoulder that goes down to the side of my rib with some swelling on my chest. ?

Atypical Chest: Always warrants medical evaluation sooner rather than later. You need a thorough Physical Examination, Chest X-Ray, Lab Work including a CBC and test for Mono, possibly a CT of your chest. I am concerned about the possibility of a Aortic problem which is a life-threatening emergency. Go to ER immediately. ...Read more

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Why am i having upper back pain left side under shoulder blade?

Why am i having upper back pain left side under shoulder blade?

Very common: Very common to have pain in that area, especially during the computer age. Always ask for a chest x-ray just to be safe, but muscles and daily living are probably the issue. ...Read more

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Fell back on ice 3 months ago on left side shoulder blade. Now bad shoulder pain inside, when dropping shoulder, moving back & pain above left breast?

See an orthopedist: You may have suffered an injury to your shoulder, specifically your rotator cuff, which can give you painful range of motion especially when dropping your arm. ...Read more

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What can cause back pain right below the left shoulder blade?

Not simple: Assuming no direct trauma to the bones or chest wall, can be arthritis, gall bladder disease, or even an odd chest tumor. ...Read more

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I have had pain in my left shoulder blade for several weeks - worse when I am carrying something? Also some back pain on left side.

I have had pain in my left shoulder blade  for several weeks - worse when I am carrying something? Also some back pain on left side.

Multiple causes: Upper back & left sided chest may be the result of a thoracic disc herniation, thoracic facet syndrome, T4 syndrome, costoveterbral syndrome, muscle strain, ect. It may also represent referred pain from internal organs such as the heart & lungs, which are more serious. With your breathing difficulties you should contact your pcp for an immediate evaluation. If not available go to nearest er! ...Read more

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