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Why Does Lung Cancer Cause Shoulder Pain
Depends: A "pancoast tumor" is a type of lung cancer in the upper lungs that can initially present with shoulder pain. This type is pain is typically described as a deep pain, that is constant and not relieved by medications, exercise or therapy. A chest xray and/or ct scan is the appropriate radiographic test to evaluate this concern. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
See below: Depending on where and how advanced the cancer is, shoulder pain may be due to bone metastases (worse with movement) or due to pleural or phrenic nerve involvement (usually worse with deep breaths). Lung cancer by itself doesn't hurt. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Like back pain: There may be no pain with lung cancer at all, which is why diagnosis can be delayed. If there is pain, it may be where a rib, or chest structures are invaded or with spread to bone. With those situations the pain is at or near that site. Pain is individualized, graded from 1-10 and is variable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Shoulder pain can be caused by a superior sulcus tumor, meaning a cancer that arises high up in the top of the lung. These tumors are uncommon, but can cause severe pain because of pressure on large nerves. There are however, more likely causes for shoulder pain than lung cancer and these should be ruled out first! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Esophageal cancer: Can cause back pain particularly if the cancer has invaded through the wall of the esophagus into surrounding nerves or chest wall muscles or bone. This is an ominous sign and should be investigated right away. Spread to bones can also occur through the blood stream, and indicates metastatic disease and not just local spread. ...Read more
No: pancreas cancer arises in 3 areas of the gland, the head producing painless jaundice, mid body invading celiac plexus to cause severe back pain and tail lesions near the spleen obstructing splenic vein to cause gastric varies from vasa brevia. Pain in left shoulder blade is due to irritation of the left diaphragmatic crura due to inflammation at the site not from distal pancreas Ca ...Read more
Pain on shoulder blades and below achy dull pain. Can this be lung cancer or heart attack?how do I distinguish if serious or just strain?
Maybe gallbladder?: Depending on radiation of pain to and associated symptoms this could be due to gallbladder, stomach or heart. These internal organs have nerves which originate in the same place and therefore pain from one may mimic the other. Given your age I suspect its unlikely your heart and could be your gallbladder as that is a very common diagnosis. An inflamed GB can cause shoulder pain. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very toxic: Accurate is a very toxic drug and must be monitored closely. Bring up any symptoms to the prescribing doctor and get evaluated ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more
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