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I Have Sharp Stabbing Pain Under Right Shoulder Blade With Increasing Frequency, What Is It?

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Iris Phillips answered
A sharp stabbing pain in the right shoulder blade area usually indicates an irritation, inflammation or sprain to muscles in that area. It could also point to a trapped or irritated nerve. If the pain is the result of an accident, it may be connected to a so-called separation of the shoulder, or a dislocated or broken shoulder blade.

  • Referred pain
Sometimes sharp stabbing pain in scapular areas are actually referred pains as the result of other internal problems. This can include anything from lung or chest infections to problems with the gall bladder or stomach, as well as possible heart problems.

Which, if any, of these could apply would depend on accompanying symptoms and can only be determined by appropriate tests.

  • Arthritis, rheumatism and spinal problems
Occasionally, this type of pain can be caused by arthritis, rheumatism or spinal problems, in particular with the discs in the neck area. Again, only tests can reveal these as possible causes.

  • Other possible causes
Nerve irritation caused by an infection, such as shingles, for example, can also cause stabbing pains, as can muscle spasms from myofascial pain or fibromyalgia. If the pain is usually accompanied by a general feeling of being bloated, it may also be the result of trapped gas.

This may sound strange, but it is quite surprising where and how severely trapped gas can hurt. People have been known to be rushed into hospital with suspected heart attacks, only to find that their intense pain was caused by pockets of trapped gas.

  • Best advice
As we do not have the medical authority or knowledge to make a diagnosis, we suggest sufferers visit a doctor to get some tests, especially if the pains have been occurring for a prolonged period or are getting worse, to get professional advice and treatment.
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Hi,I have been having really bad shoulder pain on my right side and can't sleep with this stabbing pain.its controlling my chest,under arms and my whole arm.no pain killer is helping .x rays are clear.how do I get rid of this pain.I have this pain for over three years.I am crying with pain at night .please help
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I Have Sharp Stabbing Pain Under Right Shoulder Blade With Increasing Frequency, What Is It?
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I have the same exact problem. Happened to me yesterday and the pain was equivalent to breaking a bone. It hurt really bad. Still hurts but now I can move a little easier. Still hurts when I breath deeply.
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This is a phenomenon in the medical profession that we can reffered pain. This is because our nerves in our bodies are all connected and depending on the location of the original pain it can travel along these dermatomes "tracks" and this could be responsible for the pain you are feeling in your shoulder blade. The same is true for heart attacks, the pain is often referred to the left arm or jaw.
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Smarty Pants answered
Probably because you have bad posture.

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