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Suggest treatment for pain in right shoulder blade

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: I have had a pain twinge behind my right shoulder blade. Sometimes when I breath deep. Or when I lift things. Not all the time. I think it's gas but want to know how to get rid of it or is it something else. It has been over a week. It does go away and then flares up
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Answered by Dr. Ralf Von Seckendorff (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Inner organ inflammation to be ruled out by ultrasound

Detailed Answer:
Dear patient,

when someone with your symptoms comes into my office, i recommend the following,

1. Ultrasound abdomen to rule out any condition with liver, gallbladder or pancreas

2. Clinical examination of the lungs with stethoscope to rule out inflammation like pleurisy or pneumonia.

3. Clinical examination of spine and shoulder blade to rule out any contracture/ pinged nerve.

Treatment depends then on the findings in above examinations. So once the cause is more specified like advised above, there is specific treatment available like pain medication, antibiotics or even physical therapy.

Hope this is helping you , if you have any clarifications you can get back to me, if this was helpful please kindly rate my answer. Best regards
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Brief Answer: Inner organ inflammation to be ruled out by ultrasound Detailed Answer: Dear patient, when someone with your symptoms comes into my office, i recommend the following, 1. Ultrasound abdomen to rule out any condition with liver, gallbladder or pancreas 2. Clinical examination of the lungs with stethoscope to rule out inflammation like pleurisy or pneumonia. 3. Clinical examination of spine and shoulder blade to rule out any contracture/ pinged nerve. Treatment depends then on the findings in above examinations. So once the cause is more specified like advised above, there is specific treatment available like pain medication, antibiotics or even physical therapy. Hope this is helping you , if you have any clarifications you can get back to me, if this was helpful please kindly rate my answer. Best regards