8 thoughts on “Pain In Breastbone And Shoulder Blade

  1. what are the symptoms of gallbladder trouble?
    I have been waking up in the middle of the night with severe pains in my stomach and goes through to my back…Gas-X will not touch it. Some suggested it might be gallbaltter.

    • Signs and symptoms of gallbladder problems can include fever, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, chills and shaking, chest pain under the breastbone, abdominal fullness and gas, and abdominal pain. Abdominal pain can be severe,located on the right side (right upper quadrant) or in the upper middle of the abdomen, may subside over 12 to 18 hours in uncomplicated cases, may be recurrent or with similar pain in past, occurs following meals, worsens during deep inspiration, radiates to the back or below the right shoulder blade (right scapular area)and worsens after eating or drinking greasy (high fat) foods or fluids. If you feel this fits your symptoms, please see your doctor.

  2. What is this pain in my back and chest?
    Hi, Im a 30 year old female, reasonable healthy i think. I sometimes have this pain in between my breast and in between my shoulder blades at the same time. Feels like there is a grapefruit stuck in my esophagus. This pain is very intense. It kind of worries me but im scared to go to the ER and them not find anything wrong and i will feel really stupid. Any ideas on what all it could be?

    • You may have costochondritis which is inflammation between your ribs and your sternum.See your Doc, you cant ask questions like this just on a board it could be so many different things. Here’s some info,

      Costochondritis (Tietze’s syndrome)
      Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects the inner end of each rib with the breastbone (sternum).

      It can occur in any age group and is most common in young adults. Exactly how common it is in the UK is not known but in the US costochondritis has been shown to account for 10 per cent of chest pain episodes in the community and 30 per cent of people with chest pain presenting as an emergency to hospital.
      The risk of developing costochondritis increases with any physical activity that causes trauma or strain to the ribcage. It is a benign condition usually of short duration that resolves completely. Sometimes though it can recur or become persistent.
      The predominant symptom is a sharp pain in the affected area, most commonly involving the second or third ribs, which are often very tender to touch. (Ribs are counted down from the top and the first rib lies under the collar bone.)

      The pain is usually related to movement, coughing and sneezing and can occur in more than one place simultaneously.

      Pain can also radiate into the arm and can be associated with a feeling of tightness in the chest. These are also the symptoms of a heart attack, so it is always necessary to take them seriously and make the diagnosis of costochondritis with care.
      The person’s medical history and results of examination are usually sufficient, but if the pattern of pain suggests that it could be heart pain it needs to be thoroughly investigated.
      First, ensure that you consult your doctor and have the diagnosis properly confirmed. If possible, avoid any movements that aggravate the symptoms.
      Self-treatment with simple painkillers, including non-steroidal inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (eg Nurofen) is quite acceptable (provided you can tolerate such medicines – your pharmacist will be able to advise you on this).
      The doctor’s role is to give reassurance regarding the nature of the condition and provide treatment advice.
      The patient has often already tried mild painkillers but stronger painkillers do not necessarily help the symptoms. Any doubt over the diagnosis will require further investigation.

  3. What are the symptoms of gall bladder problems?
    Would the pain be worse when laying down. If so why?

    • Abdominal fullness or gas
      Abdominal pain that is:
      Located on the right side (right upper quadrant) or in the upper middle of the abdomen (epigastric)
      Decreased over 12 to 18 hours in uncomplicated cases
      Recurrent or similar to pain in past
      Occurring after meals
      Worse during deep intake of breath
      Radiating to back or below the right shoulder blade
      Worse after eating or drinking fatty foods or fluids
      Nausea and vomiting
      Chills and shaking
      Chest pain under the breastbone

  4. How to tell if you have gallstones?
    The left side of my ribcage (just under my breast) has been hurting on and off for an hour or so. The information I’ve read says you get pain in the right side, so I’m not sure. I also had an anxiety attack recently so I’m possibly freaking out about my health more than usual.

    • It’s most likely nothing (heart burn, indigestion, etc) but if a gallstone lodges in a duct and causes a blockage you’ll be experiencing these symptoms:

      -sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
      -intense pain that gets worse in the center of your abdomen, just below the breastbone
      -back pain between shoulder blades
      -pain in your right shoulder

      You should seek emergency care if you experience
      -pain so intense you cannon sit still
      -high fever
      -yellowing of your skin/eyes