13 thoughts on “Pain In Left Shoulder Blade Area When Breathing

  1. In massive amount of pain, sudden pain on the left side when i breath in?
    Ok, so this came about around half an hour – 45 minuets ago, I got a massive sharp pain when i breathed in, just under my boobs around the cheat area, it seems to be near my shoulder blade and collar bone as well, it hurts and then as soon as i breath in it gets worse. Could this be serious? Anyone know what it could be?

    • Oh man.. this happened to me before. About 3 times. The last time I had it, it lasted for a week. I went to get checked out, and nobody had an answer. If it persists for ten more minutes, please go to the emergency room. Maybe your doctors could find an answer. I’m not sure what it could be, but I know it really hurts when you try to breathe in deep.
      While you wait, try to relax. And avoid sitting in the same spot.

  2. I have a stabbing pain under my shoulder blade. What could it be?
    I have a stabbing pain under my left shoulder blade. Yesterday it was just a nasty ache. I first noticed it when I got out of bed. I couldn’t turn my head to the left for the first few hours. At first I thought it was just a knot, but I got 2 good massages which did nothing for the pain. What could it be?

    • A very bad ache that takes away your breathe, it grabs you in such a way that you can’t stand up could be a kidney stone trying to get through. This is a pain that not many fell but once felt, you’ll never forget it. Then of course you have Liver, kidneys, it could be a pleurisy (infection of the lining of the inner lung area) it might just be a muscle that’s been abused and is sore from the spine. If it continues or gets worse then see your doctor. Not much can be done other then keep an eye on it, they can of course give you something for the pain.

  3. How do I stop my cat from killing me?
    I woke up late last night when I heard a soft whispering. I thought I had been imagining things, being that I live by myself in my small apartment, but the longer I listened to this whispering the more sure I was that someone else was in my house. Believing an intruder was present in my house, I quietly got out of my bed and slid out of my room, all without making any kind of disturbance. As I started nearing the whispering, I could here it more clearly. The intruder’s voice was straggled, as if he or she had been talking while being mildly choked. This caught my interest but I decided nothing of it, being that felons can have a history with the use of drugs and that could cause much damage to ones body. I neared the corner of my small hall way that led to my kitchen, where the whispering’s source seemed to be embodied. I quietly reached this corner, and with a slow, deep breathe, I took a peak around. I was struck to find my cat, sitting on the tile floor, crooning over a small razor blade. I was entirely taken aback, having no ability to comprehend the scene laying out before me. As I sat their stunned, I was beginning to be able to understand what this unearthly creature was saying. “Shh shh shh…it’ll be okay…i’ll feed you…you’ll never be hungry again”. I collected myself and returned into the hallway, unable to believe what was happening in my kitchen. Were these just hallucinations? I didn’t know what to do. But I quickly noticed I was breathing hard now and shaking, and I began to fear for my sanity. All at once I realized the contorted speaking in the kitchen had stopped. My heart began to pound, screaming for me to run, to do anything to break the silence and get out of there. I began to panic, my mind racing to somehow explain what was going on. But then I collected myself. “This is ridiculous!” I thought, “Even if this really is happening, it’s just a stupid cat!”. I stood up, took a deep breathe, and stepped around the corner. The cat was gone. My heart began to pound again, and I flicked on the light switch. Cold life flickered into the kitchen, and I observed to my horror the corpses of mice littering the tile floor. Small pools of blood engluffed the surrounding area around these small creatures, which were mutilated from what seemed to me many small stab mark that covered their bodies. Mind racing, I turned around to leave my apartment, spend the night at a friend’s house and return when the safety of daylight would grant me more bravery. As I walked to the door I remembered that my car keys sat on the nightstand in my bedroom. I considered just walking out and calling someone to give me a ride, but then remembered my phone also laid at my bedside. Having no other choice, I did the manliest thing I could thing of. I ran to my bedroom, screaming and flicking on any lightswitch on the way, hoping to scare the assailant as I took my daring journey into my bedroom. I reached my bedroom door and grabbed the handle and burst through the door at top speed, flicking on the bedroom light as I entered. With the bright illumination I entered my room and came to a complete halt. The hellish creature posed on my bed, taking the stance to pounce at any given moment. It’s nocturnal eyes bore me down with all that is sinister, and my bravery left me, if I had ever had it in the first place. I took a step forward, being only ten paces from my car keys, and the movement was all the motivation it needed to attack. It landed on my left shoulder, clawing me with all four of its feet while biting into me. The pain was immense and I screamed, grabbing the creature and throwing it down to the ground. The cat never retracted its claws or loosened its bite, ripping my flesh as I removed it from me. I yelling in pain I began to back away for the door, when the cat produced the knife it had moments before in the kitchen. It voiced a terrifying meow, the kind of sound that seemed to belong to that of a dead or dying creature, full of desperation and insanity. I turned and ran for the door, slamming it behind me. The sound of wood being stabbed and scratched came from my room, and I moved to lock myself in the hallway bathroom. As I came into the bathroom I noticed the mirror had been entirely shattered, leaving broken glass everywhere, which I happened to step all over. Gasping in pain from my new wounds, I laid a towel down and turned to close the door. As I closed the door, a loud bang came from the direction of my room, followed a strangled meow. My heart quickened its pace and I flipped off the light and locked the door, hoping the cat wouldn’t find me quiet yet, hoping it assumed I left the appartment. Why didn’t I leave the appartment?! I sighed and couldn’t believe my bad decision making. I noticed my laptop sitting on my toilet, and I grabbed it and laid in the bathtube. I pulled up Yahoo! Answers, and hoped for the best.

  4. How do you know if you have a pulled chest muscle?
    I’ve been having pain under my left breast and in the left shoulder ( I broke my left collar bone years ago and have had popping and cracking in this shoulder recently) the pain radiates to my back and sometimes hurts when i take a deep breathe or feels as if i can’t take a proper deep breath) it hurts when ever i move my left arm. I am wondering if it is something to do with my collar bone, I never had a follow up exam from my collar bone all those years ago.

    • I think you have a problem in your neck, and you are experiencing muscle spasms. I suggest you see a doc, and get some xrays done to rule out any serious problem. If the neck is the problem, you don’t want to mess around waiting and irritating the area, it can be dangerous. If the shoulder is the problem, it could be arthritis has developed from the previous injury, and your current lifestyle has triggered a flare. You can try ice or heat, see if the inflammation goes down. Take some Ibuprofen for the pain and inflammation. Does it hurt when you sit back on the couch, like a stabbing pain between your shoulder blades? Muscle spasms can be brutal. moist heat works best for that,I think. Go see the doc, good luck.

  5. Light sharp pain in my back, between my shoulder blade and my spine, what can it be?
    I have a light sharp pain, in the area specified in the question, I have no idea what it can be. It happens when I breath but not every breath I take. and it doesn’t seem to be that deep. What it be? A muscles pain?

    • Because the pain is occurring when you are breathing (inhalation?) that sound like the classical presentation of a rib “subluxation.” What a subluxation is, (a chiropractic subluxation) is a joint that has lost a degree of movement. Your ribs form a joint with it’s associated vertebra in 2 spots. These joints are called the costovertebral and costotransverse joints. I added a link to a picture below. What can occur is that one of these joints can start to not move as well as it should. Since your ribs elevate and depress when you are breathing, a decrease in motion can cause some pain and associated muscle tightness in the area. This pain is classically felt a little bit away from the spine and can occur on your right or left side(depending on which rib is affected) and is mostly felt while you are breathing.
      There is no need to be alarmed.
      A visit to a chiropractor can help restore the motion of the rib so you no longer have any pain while you are breathing.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Why am I having pain between my shoulder blades?
    This has gotten progressively worse over the past few months. Now its almost constant. Its between my shoulder blades and now I can feel it around my clavicles and it sometimes hurts to take deep breaths. My doctor is a douche and can’t give me straight answers on what it could be. Can anyone help!

    • The most common cause of this type of pain will be rib related. The rib joint is very small and can suddenly tighten with breathing – especially if you are having lower back pain also.

      Just think of how you walk. Your left leg goes forward and at the same time your right arm moves forward – your lower back and the area between your shoulder blade work in tandem. So if you are having some sciatica your lower back will be tighter than it should, which in turn will cause tightness in your upper back.

      With time this tension builds and builds. Until one day you move in a certain direction, take a breath and your rib shifts creating your pain.

      I know this sounds complex, but as I am a Chiropractor, trust me, this is the most likely scenario. The muscles between the ribs are small and spasm quickly. They also are used when you breathe.

      Don’t worry though, although very painful the rib will settle within a week or so, quicker if you relax the area,don’t over strain with activity and use a natural anti-inflammatory. If pain doesn’t start to ease in a few days – seek help and possibly medical anti-inflammatories.

      As for the sciatica, get it looked at. There are many self help techniques you can use which will relieve it – visit The Back Pain Advisor http://www.back-pain-advisor.com/index.h… and do their free e-course. It has a lot of techniques you can do at home to help.

      Otherwise consult a Chiropractor, Osteopath or your doctor for help.

  7. How bad is a tattoo on your rib cage really?
    I have 3 tattoos already. One on the small of my back, one in the center between my shoulders blades, and one on the front side of my left hip. I want more, but with my profession I want them all out of sight. My sisters and I are all going to get the same tattoo and I’ve thought about putting it on my right rib cage area. But I’ve heard that’s the worst place. What’s your opinion?

    • From what my husband said, it was a lot harder to distract himself from the pain than the rest of his tattoos. And he has them nearly everywhere. Normally he just lets his mind wander or something. But on the ribcage, he had to to concentrate on his breathing per the artist’s instructions. So concentrating on the breathing meant concentrating on the tattooing. So the ones on his ribcage were his worst.