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What Causes Sharp Pain Between The Shoulder Blades
See examples: If movement related, symptoms are likely due to muscular or nerve issues. If respiratory-related, this could be due to inflammation or infection in the chest cavity. Figure out the aggravating factors & see if you can modify them. If you can't identify a relationship or your corrective actions don't work, see a physician. ...Read more
Muscle Pain: There are some muscles that attach right on the shoulder blade called the rhomboid muscles and you may have strained one of those at the attachment. Usually we use these muscles when our arm is above our shoulder so perhaps some activity strained this. If pain doesn't resolve over next seven days or so you should get checked as sometimes the lungs can cause pain around the shoulder blade. ...Read more
Referred Pain?: The same nerves that innervate the diaphragm go to the shoulder, as well. Therefore, anything that irritates the diaphragm, such as gallbladder or liver problems, can be "referred" to the shoulder. If the only symptom is shoulder pain (ie, no abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, etc), I would search for other causes such as a muscle pull, arthritis. ...Read more
Muscle strain?: The most likely source is muscle strain, but postural irregularities can also cause some periscapular pain. Problems with your neck can also referred pain to the scapular area. If home remedies do not resolve the pain, you should see an Ortho specialist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more
What medication can I take for the sharp pain under my shoulder blade on my right side What could cause sharp pain under the right shoulder blade?
Pain: Pain below the shoulder is very likely muscular. It is possible you may have a pulled muscle causing sharp pain. However, at your age there are several other possibilities such as shingles. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation. Also, note any other symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating, burning pain etc. ...Read more
Was woken up with sharp pain in right shoulder blade and neck. What could cause something like this? (haven't been in any accidents)
It can be one of: Several possibilities ranging from: muscular, cervical disc origin, shoulder issue, even gi, respiratory and cardiac etiology. If it does not resolve or worsens, see your doctor. ...Read more
Left lower outer chest area with sharp pain radiating to shoulder blade. What is the possible cause? 23/m with history of gastritis and tenting of left diap
Likely GI, but...: In general, such a pain does not sound like heart pain, which is what most people would be concerned about. However, young people can have heart attacks. Such things as family history, smoking, gender, other diseases like high BP and diabetes increase the risk. However, I would think musculoskeletal or GI like reflux more likely. Bad pain, worsening, radiation, nausea, sweating or short breath-be seen. ...Read more
Multiple answers: Sharp pain in the shoulder with coughing could represent a problem with a cervical or thoracic disc problem or possibly an issue with tendonitis in the shoulder. Less likely but possible. Definitely needs to be evaluated. ...Read more
What causes sharp pain in my upper back, between my shoulder blades, when I take deep breathes? I've had this for 2+ years.
Cannot diagnose: This could be something in the spinal column, irritation of the pleura, musculoskeletal, neurologic, and so an and so on. See a doctor and get this evaluated. As you are well aware, it is not normal. Good luck and hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
What are some possibles causes of severe trapezius spasms in right causing a lot of swelling and deep sharp pain in right shoulder blade. Unbearable?
Various: 44y female w. spinal stenosis, disk degeneration, loss cervical lordosis & history shoulder surgery w. severe unilateral Superior trapezius painful muscle spasm, esp. Shoulder blade. POTENTIALLY CAUSAL: crossed Trapesium muscles, see below, large breasts, anterior sloped shoulders, swan neck, asymmetric shoulders, tilted head, thoraco-lumbar scoliosis & repetitive stress on computer looking left. ...Read more
Could the numbness I am feeling be caused by a pinched nerve? I am experiencing numbness on the left side of my chest, under left arm, and back. I have had a sharp pain for 3 weeks that goes from my shoulder blade through to my chest. I was sent to the
Arguably: Arguably the worst possible cause of severe pain felt in the shoulder blade and deep into the chest would be an uncommon condition called aortic dissection. Problems with the gallbladder and heart can also cause pain in the region of the shoulder or armpit (axilla). The spinal nerve corresponding to t2 also feels an area that involves the armpits and hoop-shaped strip of skin that runs across your chest above your nipples, through your armpits, and across your back at about the same level (it also involves part of the skin on the arm). After excluding things like dissection, heart problems, and gallbladder problems, a neurosurgeon may be helpful to get to a diagnosis and some relief. ...Read more
What would cause a burning sharp pain by my shoulder blade? No rash or visible bruising but it get especially sharp when trying to lift something?
Occasional sharp pain in right shoulder blade and a dull ache that comes and goes under right breast. Both areas are a bit tender to touch. Causes? .
Shingles?: Get checked out quickly if symptoms worsen or rash appears. Sometimes is a preview to shingles. ...Read more
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
Recently I have experienced a sharp pain between my shoulder blades. It lasts only a few minutes. It happens when I first get out of bed.
A few possibilities: Pain near the shoulder blades can occur for a number of reasons. Cervical spine degenerative disease can be painful in the morning and after rest, like other types of arthritis, and can be referred to the area described. Same for certain types if tendonitis and bursitis: sharply painful until the "kinks" work out. Any significant pain lasting more than a few weeks should be seen by an ortho doc. ...Read more
See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Multiple Things: Many sources can result in referred pain to the shoulder blade. Along with the neurogenic sources like cervical (c6 for example) and the suprascapular nerve, we also see many patients with occult shoulder pathology have referred pain to this area. Patients who are very flexible can also have occult shoulder instability refer pain to this area. Please consider seeing your doctor. ...Read more
Serious: This may be something more serious. Check with your lung doc and ask about cxr, lung blood clots and other possibilities. Do not procrastinate. ...Read more
Internal medicine: Without any other info I would say to first go see you general doctor or internist. ...Read more
Evaluation needed: Very commonly, pain near or around the shoulder blade is not shoulder related at all. Instead, it is most often related to neck/cervical spine related issues. A "pinched nerve" from the neck either from a disc bulge/herniation/bone spur is usually the culprit. The only way to know for sure would require an evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon or perhaps your primary care provider. ...Read more
I just started having a sharp pain in my left shoulder right above my blade. What could it be? I'm just laying here. I am pretty anxious at the moment
I stretched this morning and now when ever I bend move or anything I have a sharp pain by my shoulder blade it hurts to the point I have to lay down?
Shoulder blade pain: Your pain may be muscular, but may also be related to heart or lung problems. You should see your primary care doctor for a history, physical exam and possible diagnostic studies. ...Read more
Several causes: This type of pain can have several causes. It can be local such as a strain or rhomboid bursitis. It can originate inside the chest cavity. If it is tender, it is likely a local issue. Have a doctor evaluate it if it has been present for a while. If recent try heat at the area and either advil or aleve (naproxen). ...Read more
Eval 1st: This is most often related to neck/cervical spine related issues. A "pinched nerve" from the neck either from a disc bulge/herniation/bone spur is usually the culprit. The only way to know for sure would require an evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon or perhaps your primary care provider. Options include therapy, chiropractic care, injections, and eventually surgery. ...Read more
1'st U need 2 get a-: -diagnosis. With that Hx, if U R on the "pill", U must rule out PE. Especially if there was no injury, & was of sudden onset. 4 this C Ur PCP or Ur GYN. If it was a possible injury, C an orthopedic surgeon. But primarily B sure not PE. ...Read more
I have a severe sharp pain from the right side of my neck that shoot from there to under my shoulder blade?
When I take a deep breath in, I get a very sharp pain right between my shoulder blades. No clue what it is, help?
Costochondritis?: Costochondritis, also known as chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome, or costosternal chondrodynia is a benign and often temporary inflammation of the costal cartilage, which connects each rib to the sternum at the costosternal joint, and is a common cause of chest pain. Check with your doctor for physical exam. ...Read more
When I turn my head to the right it hurts bad in my shoulder blade. And when I move it. It's a super sharp pain.?
I have a sharp pain in the center of my chest and can feel it straight through to my back between my shoulder blades?
Chest pain: I suggest you have this pain checked out soon. This could be related to your heart or the major vessel in the chest. It could also be pain from the sac around the lungs or heart. Very difficult to say via message only, and I would encourage you to have an exam. ...Read more
Traveling and carried a backpack. Sharp pain under shoulder blades. What muscles can I strengthen to not have this pain? 50 years old and fit
Serratus anterior ms: Pain in the shoulder blade region from wearing a backpack likely due to those muscles that stabilize the shoulder girdles exposed to posterior pull on shoulder by force of a back pack. Interestingly, the back pack force which arouses pain is the exact exercise force useful to instill muscle development to discount future painful muscle spasm. Go low and go slow as they say. ...Read more
I tripped and fell into my truck with my shoulder. I have a sharp pain in the middle of my shoulder blade on the back side and upper rib cag?
Contusion vs fractur: Most likely that you have a contusion/strain from falling and hitting your truck. Often, pain is worse a day or two after injury due to inflammation etc...Uncomplicated fractures of rib or shoulder blades can happen, but no casting is needed. So only need to treat pain/inflammation for comfort. Gentle range of motion/stretching, and motrin/aleve for few days. If worsen, call your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
About once or twice a day I get a sharp pain in my back right below my right shoulder blade. It only lasts a second but I don't know why it happens?
Sharp pain under my right shoulder blade within past 2 months...the pain is constant and lasts a few days. Goes away, then comes back a few days later?
Just a though:
You might have your GALLBLADDER examined! Pain from that are can "radiate" to the area you describe!
Just a thought
Hope it's helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
I have a cold, I sniffled back hard earlier and have a sharp pain between shoulder blades that tightens to the front when I breath, should I be worried?
Pleurisy: Is pain with breathing. Not a usual symptom with a cold so best to get it checked in case the cold became more serious. ...Read more