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I started having sharp pain in my upper back between

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Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi

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Posted on Thu, 10 Jan 2019 in Abdominal Pain
Question: I started having sharp pain in my upper back between my shoulder blades 2 days ago & now it has moved to my lower left back where my kidneys may be. I had gall bladder removed 6 yrs ago but it is similar pain. Any ideas? I have had some vaginal bleeding for 2 days but haven't had periods for 3 yrs (menopause?) Had cancer screening for bleeding results were benign
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi 44 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Shoulder blades pain is probably related to muscle strain, further investigations needed

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I understand your concern.

There are many possible causes that can be related to your symptoms.

I would recommend the following examinations to confirm the diagnosis:

1) an abdominal ultrasound to exclude an inflammation of the pancreas

2) a chest x-ray to exclude pulmonary origin of the pain

3) an electrocardiogram to exclude cardiac origin

4) a complete blood count

The shoulder blade pain can also be related to a muscle strain.

The vaginal bleeding can be caused by dryness which is very common in menopause.

Meanwhile, I recommend continuing using a pain-killer medication (eg. Tylenol) to help with the pain.

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

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