Right Shoulder Blade Pain In Women

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Back pain when breathing deeply and other things?
    The left side of my back, about where the bottom of my shoulder blade is a pain when I'm breathing deeply, and if I'm jumping on my trampoline.. I don't know if it's muscle related, but I can't think of anything else it might be. I can't say I exercise much, but I do eat healthily. It's been going on for about a month now, and it's just annoying. It's not a sharp pain, it's like an ache, I can't really describe it.

    • ANSWER:
      It is high enough to not become a woman's health issue, or kidneys etc. Probably a pulled supraspinatus or similar muscle, with burning and spasm. See a doctor or sports therapist.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is causing my chest painchest pain?
    I have a tightening pain in my chest right over my heart and a sharp throbbing pain in my back between my shoulder blades. I also have a hard time breathing at times. This pain started about 18 hours ago. Does anyone know what is going on with me? Should I go to the doctor? I am a 54 year old female and over weight by about 40 pounds. It is Saturday late evening now.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a heart attack. The symptoms are often different for women than for men...

      "Heart Attack---What Can Be Done?" :
      > Recognizing and Acting On the Symptoms
      http://watchtower.org/e/19961208/article_02.htm

      At the very least *call your doctor's emergency number, or the ER itself*.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to tell the difference between a pulled chest muscle and a heart problem?
    Yesterday my chest started hurting right above my left breast...it is REALLY painful (sharp stabbing pain) when I breath, cough, laugh...i feel it all the way to my back shoulder...it is mildly painful when I press on it or press on my back shoulder blade..and when I'm doing nothing (not moving) it is a dull ache...I constantly feel it though...I didn't do anything to pull it, that I know of...Does it sound serious? It hasn't gotten worse than yesterday but it hasn't gotten any better either?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't mention your age. Heart attacks are more common in older people. The symptoms of heart attacks in women are different than they are in men. (I assume you're female.) It seems your big fear is that this is heart related, and that may be the most serious possibility.

      Because it hurts when you press on the area, it seems that it's more of a superficial pain. You simply can't 'press' hard enough to put pressure on your underlying organs like your heart or lungs (not directly, anyway). It seems more likely the pain is from muscle or from lung congestion. Did you recently have a cold or are just catching one?

      Try ibuprofen. If you're still hurting in a day or two, call your doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of knots in my back?
    I work in front of a computer all day so I get these horrible knots in my neck and shoulder blade. I've had one massage before but they are expensive. Is there any way to get rid of them without getting a professional massage on a regular basis? Is there anything I can do at work to help my stress/strain?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problems. I pay for massage and I work with an Alexandar Technique specialist. Alexandar technique teaches you better ways to do day-to-day things, like sit in a chair or walk. It improves your posture and helps you relax your back by retraining the way you think about your body. However, this too could be expensive.

      I think that a low cost option for you might be group yoga classes. That would teach you strength and posture. The problem with the computer is that you're not supposed to sit and stare at a screen all day. The second problem is that most people sit incorrectly, leaning forward. See if your yoga instructor can teach you chair exercises to do during the day.

      Another option is learning qi gong, which is a little gentler than yoga.

      Some work places offer to help make your workstation more ergonomic. There are many little shifts you can make. Never "reach" for your mouse, for example. Your arm should be relaxed and the angle between your upper and lower arm should be about 90 degrees. Don't cross your legs and keep your feet planted about shoulder length apart.

      One woman told me a story of how she worked at a place where every hour a bell rang. This was everyone's time to get up and stretch. Five minutes later the bell rang again and everyone sat back down to work. If you're disciplined and do this yourself it goes a long way.

      Taking a walk at lunch helps too. A moving body is a happy body.

      If you tend to clench your jaw it can make your neck and back hurt even more, and you can get mouth gards to wear at night for that. Talk to your dentist about that.

      There are many things to try. You just need a way to put your body first and remember that you'll be more productive and take less time off for pain if you do. Hope things improve!

  5. QUESTION:
    Is is the left arm or right arm pain that is a worry for heart disease?
    Obviously the heart is on the left, but i seem to remember the pain is on the right. Is that right?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a heartattack at the age of 45 and it was my RIGHT arm where I felt pain. I felt absolutely nothing in my left arm, nor my jaw.

      My symptoms were; pain in my right arm from my shoulder extending down past my elbow and my fingers were numb, chest pressure (not pain) it felt as if gravity was pulling my chest through my back, sharp stabbing pain in my back between my shoulder blades, nausea, I felt very hot, sweating, shortness of breath, light headed and my heart rate felt like it had tripled. And yes, I am a woman.

      In regards to your question though... heart disease. I ignored my heart condition for a long time for alot of dumb reasons. I knew there was a problem but I didn't want to have to deal with it and I didn't want to admit it to anyone or myself. The first "clue" is if you have a family history (parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles) of heart disease or Coronary Artery Disease. If you do then there is a better than average chance you have it as well. The most important thing you can do at this point is to get your cholesterol checked. Some signs that you may have heart disease is if when you are exerting yourself, you get any one of the sensations discussed above on an annoying level. It doesn't have to be constant, it can come and go. Because mine came and went I made an excuse that it couldn't be my heart. After all, if I *really* had a heart problem the symptoms wouldn''t present themselves and just leave, I told myself they should be constant. I must have only had gas. It was an excuse I told myself for literally years. As time passed my "episodes" increased in frequency and intensity. If I over exerted myself I would have shortness of breath and a low degree of chest pain or pressure. I could feel my heart pulsating. There were times I had numbness in my fingers (poor circulation) and my feet would "tingle". Also, my skin would get a "blotched" look and the skin under my finger and toenails would take on a blue look. All of this was due to poor circulation because of the condition of my arteries. If you have blocked arteries in your heart there is a good chance you have the same condition in your arteries in other areas of your body. If you are experiencing any of the above you need to get with a Dr and request a stress test.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can you help me with information about Shingles?
    It started with a 2" triangle shaped itchy, red area. No pimples. I began to get an achey, burning sensation in my left shoulder blade. I went to my chiropractor and he said it looked like shingles. He wasn't sure. The small triangle wasn't healing. A tingling began in the skin over my left breast and then sharp little pains. No further outbreak of a rash. At night the pain is worse. During the day it is not so bad, just uncomfortable. I went to a dermatologist and she said it looked like shingles. She gave me a prescription for Olux and Valtrex. This is my third day with the meds. Have you ever heard of shingles acting the way mine do? How long do you think it will take for the pain to go away? Does this mean I will have nerve damage? Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions about this.

    • ANSWER:
      Certainly sounds like shingles to me. The Valtrex is ok, but it is anti-viral, not a pain med. Amitriptyline (unless contraindicated) is a great medicine to stop or reduce shingle pain. It is inexpensive and sedating. It is actually an antidepressant, but it helps reduce pain in shingles. It is rare that permanent damage will occur. It would be wise to stay away from pregnant women as the herpes virus could be contagious. A person with shingles can pass the virus to individuals who have never had chickenpox, but these individuals will develop chickenpox not shingles. A person with chickenpox cannot communicate shingles to someone else.

  7. QUESTION:
    Could I ask a male friend for a back rub?
    I have major back pain do to my disability, it happens every day . Problem is, its above, right at the waist and at the coccyx, shoulder blades and lower middle back and I dare not ask a friend of mine in fear of nervousness to help, because I don't want to be awkward, because that I am in serious pain.Or should I go to a spa or something here in Stuttgart ( I live in Germany) and ask for a massage?

    • ANSWER:
      go for it
      it's not sexual, it's for your benefit
      salons provide massaging services, and that's not sexual, admittedly most our women, but some men do it aswell
      hope i helped

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a gallbladder going bad?
    I have been having problems since at least February and am wondering if it couldbe my gallbladder. I end up having severe pain right under my sternum that shoots through to my back. It seems to vary with what I have eaten or drunk through the day...and mostly happens at night, but has happened during the day. I also have horrible heartburn, feels like some one is sitting on my chest and feel like I could vomit at any moment....any ideas as to what could be going on?

    • ANSWER:
      gall bladder symptoms:

      The symptoms of most types of gallbladder disorders are similar. Pain is usually intense and sudden, starting in the upper right abdomen and radiating to the right shoulder blade. The pain may come and go, and onset is often after a rich meal. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, fever and chills, and jaundice. See your healthcare provider if you have sharp persistent pain in the abdomen. He or she must rule out other causes that need immediate treatment. For example, the appendix is also on the right side of the abdomen. It is lower than the gallbladder.

      Ulcer symptoms(H. Plyori)

      Abdominal discomfort is the most common symptom. This discomfort usually

      * is a dull, gnawing ache

      * comes and goes for several days or weeks

      * occurs 2 to 3 hours after a meal

      * occurs in the middle of the night (when the stomach is empty)

      * is relieved by eating

      * is relieved by antacid medications

      Other symptoms include

      * weight loss

      * poor appetite

      * bloating

      * burping

      * nausea

      * vomiting

      Some people experience only very mild symptoms, or none at all.
      Emergency Symptoms

      If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away:

      * sharp, sudden, persistent stomach pain

      * bloody or black stools

      * bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds

      They could be signs of a serious problem, such as

      * perforation—when the ulcer burrows through the stomach or duodenal wall

      * bleeding—when acid or the ulcer breaks a blood vessel

      * obstruction—when the ulcer blocks the path of food trying to leave the stomach

      Hiatial Hernia

      Typical symptoms are heartburn and belching. One may have a burning taste in the mouth. Sometimes spitting up food occurs when the stomach is full. This may be more common at night. There may be a sense of food being stuck on its way down. This symptom may also be a symptom of esophageal cancer and should be evaluated by your healthcare provider.

      the reason I put all of these symptoms down is because sometimes you can be misdiagnosed. I was in fall of '99 the doctors said my gallbladder was bad. It turned out after several months of pain and testing I had the H. Polyri ulcer. It was horriable. I was never a small woman but in 4 months I lost 45 lbs and went from size 12 to a size 3. You was also was able to see every bone in my body because I have a large frame. My advice is to go to a doctor fast if you are having any of these symptoms.

  9. QUESTION:
    What do you think this pain most likely is?
    I have aches in my lower right abdomen, but they've dulled recently. They started at about 1o'clock, and they're here now but they dulled down. I've got no appetite.

    I've panicked it could be appendicitis, but then i remembered i do a lot of stomach crunches (around 3000 a day). I did some first thing this morning.

    What do you think this could be? Help ASAP, i'm worried, even though the pain ISN'T strong. I'm just a worrier lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Any organ in your midsection can cause pain, including your appendix, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, and intestines.

      Symptoms Possible Cause Action to Take
      Intense pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, possibly starting as a vague, uncomfortable feeling around the navel. You may also have nausea, vomiting, or a slight fever. Appendicitis Go to an emergency room now
      Severe pain that starts in the upper abdomen and often spreads to the sides and the back. The pain may flare up soon after a large meal, or six to 12 hours after an episode of heavy drinking. You may also have nausea, vomiting, fever, yellowish skin, and a racing heartbeat. Pancreatitis Call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Acute pancreatitis can cause shock, which may result in death if not treated quickly.
      Extremely sharp abdominal pain, perhaps with other acute symptoms. *Pelvic inflammatory disease
      *Heart attack
      *Perforated stomach ulcer
      *Shock, from allergy
      *Diabetic emergency
      *Poisoning Call 911 or go to an emergency room right away.
      Pain in upper right side of abdomen; may spread to right upper back, chest, or right shoulder; nausea; vomiting; or gas. Gallstones If this is your first attack, call a doctor for emergency advice.
      If you can't reach one, go to an emergency room. Don't eat or drink anything.
      In a woman who might be pregnant: severe pain that arises suddenly in the lower right or lower left abdomen, usually without vomiting or fever. Ectopic pregnancy Call the doctor for a prompt appointment. If you experience severe abdominal pain or bleeding, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.
      Moderate to severe cramps that wax and wane, or occasional cramps that flare up after meals, and vomiting, especially if the vomit smells like stool. Other possible signs include watery or ribbon-like stools, or no stools at all. Intestinal obstruction Go to the emergency room right away.
      Pain or tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen, along with fever.
      You may also have nausea, vomiting, chills, stomach cramps, and either diarrhea or constipation. Diverticulitis See a doctor immediately. If you have sharp abdominal pain along with fever, chills, swelling, or nausea and vomiting, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. You may have peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of the abdominal cavity.
      Chronic abdominal pain along with dark urine and yellowish skin and eyes. Viral hepatitis See a doctor promptly.
      Pain in the back that usually spreads under the rib cage, around the front, and into the groin. Kidney stones See a doctor promptly
      Searing, stabbing pain in the upper abdomen; pain in the back between the shoulder blades; pain under the right shoulder; nausea, vomiting, and indigestion. Gallstones or an infection of the gallbladder. See your doctor promptly. If you also experience sweating, chills, and fever, see a doctor right away
      Chronic abdominal pain in the upper right quadrant, along with a fever, sore throat, and extreme fatigue. Mononucleosis or other viral infection See a doctor promptly. In addition to taking medications, you'll need to get plenty of rest.
      Bloody stools or bleeding from the rectum. In some cases, abdominal pain. Bleeding hemorrhoids, colon polyps, or (rarely) colorectal cancer. (Hemorrhoids and polyps rarely cause abdominal pain.) See a doctor promptly.
      In a woman: dull, constant pain in the lower abdomen along with vaginal discharge and fever. Pelvic inflammatory disease. See a doctor promptly.
      Dull, gnawing stomach pain that comes and goes. The pain is often worse when the stomach is empty and goes away after eating. You may also have indigestion, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gas, and dark stools. *Stomach ulcer (peptic ulcer)
      *Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) Take an antacid or acetaminophen if necessary, but avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
      Don't drink alcohol or smoke.
      If pain persists or quickly comes back, see your doctor.
      Call 911 or go an emergency room right away if you throw up blood or anything that looks like coffee grounds; if you feel faint, chilly, or sweaty; if you have black or bloody stools, or if you feel lightheadedness, as if you would faint.
      See a doctor right away if you have sharp back pain with ulcer symptoms.
      Frequent burning pain in the upper abdomen or chest, possibly accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth, a lump in the throat, or trouble swallowing. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Suck on an antacid lozenge at the first sign of pain. Over-the-counter acid blockers can help prevent future attacks.
      If pain persists or quickly comes back, see your doctor.
      See your doctor promptly if you have trouble swallowing, especially if solid food gets stuck.
      Vague, widespread, cramp-like pain, accompanied by bloating, tiredness, gas, and occasional nausea. You may also have diarrhea, constipation,

  10. QUESTION:
    Would Blue Cross Blue Shield cover my breast reduction?
    I am a size G with a 30 waist line. I cannot stand up completely straight because it hurts in between my shoulder blades, I get back pains and neck pains, strechmarks, and harrassed about my size.

    • ANSWER:
      I know a woman who had breast reduction surgery because of the back/neck issues, and Blue Cross Blue Shield covered it. Her doctor ordered the surgery. She had to get it pre-authorized through BCBS, but the doctor did a complete write-up and explained the health problems caused and the long-term negative effects if the surgery was NOT done.

  11. QUESTION:
    Where do gall bladder symptoms mainly appear?
    my pains are between my rib cage and they feel like fiery pricks and they have not stopped all night and morning....it feels like a basketball in my belly, does this sound like possible gall bladder?

    • ANSWER:
      What and where is the gall bladder?

      The gall bladder is a small pear-shaped organ on the underside of the liver that is used to store bile. Bile is made in the liver and is stored in the gall bladder until it is needed to help the digestion of fat.

      What is gallbladder disease?

      Gallbladder disease is a common condition that affects mainly women, although men can suffer too.

      The symptoms vary widely from discomfort to severe pain which mainly begins after food. In severe cases the patient can suffer from jaundice, nausea and fever. The most common reason for gallbladder disease is gallstones.

      What are gallstones?

      Gallstones are solid stones formed in the gall bladder from cholesterol, bile salts and calcium. They can vary in size from a few millimetres to a few centimetres.

      What causes gallstones?

      Gallstones are formed when bile contains too much cholesterol. The excess cholesterol forms crystals from which gallstones are made.

      Who is at risk of developing gallstones?

      Gallstones are seen in all age groups but they are rare in the young. The possibility of developing gallstones increases with age. The following groups are considered to be at increased risk:

      people who have relatives with gallstones.

      obese people.

      people with a high blood cholesterol level.

      women who take drugs containing oestrogen, eg contraceptive pills.

      people with diseases such as chronic intestinal inflammation (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).

      What are the symptoms of gallstones?

      It is thought that approximately two thirds of patients will have no trouble at all from their gallstones and only one third of patients will at some time experience symptoms. These symptoms can be extremely variable but usually present in one of three ways.

      Chronic cholecystitis (biliary colic)

      This is a chronic inflammation of the gall bladder and causes

      Cholecystitis is a chronic inflammation of the gall bladder and causes:

      sporadic pains in the middle of the upper abdomen, or just below the ribs on the right side.

      pain which becomes worse over an hour and then stays the same.

      the pain may spread to the right shoulder or between the shoulder blades.

      the pain can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting and sometimes excessive wind.

      the attack can last from a few minutes to two to three hours before getting better.

      the frequency and severity of attacks is very variable.

      attacks can be triggered by eating fatty foods such as chocolate, cheese or pastry.

      it can be difficult to distinguish the pain from other diseases, such as: gastric ulcer, back problems, heart pains, pneumonia and kidney stones.

      Acute cholecystitis (acute inflammation or infection of the gall bladder)

      This condition results in:

      persistent pain and a temperature lasting more than 12 hours.

      pain and tenderness under the ribs on the right side.

      the pain is made worse by movement or coughing.

      patients with acute cholecystitis may not always have gallstones but usually do.

      the condition must be treated by a doctor and usually requires admission to hospital.

      the treatment consists of a course of antibiotics but if this is not effective emergency surgery may be required to remove the gall bladder.

      Your abdominal pains or stomachache or discomfort located between the bottom of the rib cage and the groin crease might indicate indigestion, gas pain or heartburn, constipation, overeating, and after consuming a lot of gassy or spicy foods.; peptic ulcer, chronic pancreatitis; gastroenteritis; Diverticulitis ;Diverticulosis ;Appendicitis

      Some simple causes of abdominal pain include:
      Hunger ; Overeating ;Gas ; Fatigue ; Over-exertion

      Some causes of abdominal pain with vomiting include:
      Gastroenteritis
      Food poisoning
      Viral gastroenteritis
      Appendicitis
      Mesenteric adenitis
      Peptic ulcer
      Kidney stones
      Ovarian cyst
      Salpingitis
      Biliary colic (type of Biliary disorder)
      Stomach cancer
      Acute pancreatitis
      Meckel's diverticulum
      Intestinal obstruction
      Porphyria

  12. QUESTION:
    is it true a pregnancy can aggravate an old injury?
    now im talking maybe an old back injury- shoulder, knee, what have you.
    I haven't had any problems for over 8 months with my right shoulder blade on my back until about 6 weeks ago - and that's about the time that i could possibly have become pregnant- i have other symptoms as well but i just want to know if an old injury ever flared up for other women once they got pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes!
      I injured my tailbone this past summer and since I've been pregnant it has hurt like the dickens! Mid-wife said nothing can be done for the pain... so literally, I feel your pain!

  13. QUESTION:
    what symtoms are there besides the obvious with breast cancer?
    i didnt have any discharge from nipples or a lump that i could feel to indicate i had breast cancer. the only thing that i've been going through is excess pain through the middle of my shoulder blades,and alot of aching that no medication has been able to help with. i have ms but that pain is controlled with my regular pain meds but this new thing to last few months.....nothing would help. so, my question is, is this new pain and fatigue related to the breast cancer? And, what is it i have to look forward to in the next months with this cancer. i know chemo isnt a fun thing but other than that, i dont know what to expect and with the holidays, its been difficult getting in to the appropriate doctors since they're either back up with appts because of the holidays or on vacation themselves. can someone help with their experience or knowledge?

    • ANSWER:
      One cannot diagnose breast cancer without a mammography, mostly as you yourself say there are no lumps or discharge. Breast cancer does not hurt or otherwise many women would have detected their cancer early. The pains you have need to be checked out and you have to be patient till the holidays are over. The pain has been a few month now, you said, so a few more days or weeks won't change. Stop dwelling on cancer, chemotherapy etc. that does not help your health at all.

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