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Pain in the shoulder while running, pain below the ribs. Reason?

I am a runner and typically run 5-7 miles a day. The past few days I have been getting sharp pains in my left shoulder while running. Today I started having sharp upper left quadrant abdominal pain right at/bellow the bottom of my rib cage. I kept running through it and I started having sharp left shoulder pains as well. I kept running and it eventually went away. I have not experienced any pain for the rest of the day. I m slightly concerned about this because I have never experienced this while running before. It definitely wasn t your typical side stitch . What could it possibly be?
Asked On : Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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The pain in the shoulder while running that decreased on taking rest is likely to be related to a cardiac ischaemia. You need to get your annual cardiac work up done to detect any related abnormality early.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Zainab Hassanali's  Response
well it could have just been a muscle stiffness but other causes need to be ruled out,
other causes include - gastritis, pancreatitis, gall stones, enlarged spleen,ecg
these need to be ruled out to confirm whether it is just a muscle spasm and nothing else.
the way you are explaining the pain seems referred pain from the abdomen. so above causes mentioned need to be ruled out.
suggest get a check up done by a physician.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shoaib Khan's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

From your description, there could be a requirement for you to visit a Physician or a cardiologist for a check up. Pain that is located at the left shoulder, supra-sternal notch, left arm, left side of the chest, upper abdomen could all be related to a cardiac condition. Although not always. It is still best to get yourself checked.

I hope I have succeeded in answering your questions, you could write back to me anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
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