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    What causes stabbing pain in the shoulders?

Posted on Sat, 15 Jul 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: im having a stabbing pain on the right shide under my shoulder blade which has progressed over the last 2 days .it feels like it goes into my arm pit and down the upper part of my arm but mostley in the back under the shoulder blade
Answered by Dr. Mahaveer Patil 41 minutes later
Brief Answer:
? Cervical disc prolapse

Detailed Answer:

Thank you for posting the question.
I have gone through your medical history in detail.

In your case,there are 3 possibilities-
POSSIBILITY 1. SOFT TISSUE INFLAMMATION- there may be no bony involvement,only the soft tissues around the region might be inflammed that may be causing the stabbing pain.

POSSIBILITY 2. NEUROPATHY- there may be a partial or complete inflammation of the nerves in that region that may be the root cause of such kind of pain.Intercostal nerves or spinal nerves of the neck may be involved.

POSSIBILITY 3. CERVICAL DISC PROLAPSE- there may be a compressed a nerve in the spine that might be causing radiating pain in shoulder blade region.Possibility of a disc prolapse should be kept in mind.

I suggest you get an Xray as well as an MRI done to find out the exact cause.

Do let me know the reports once they are ready.

Till then,take anti inflammatory analgesic tablets like tramadol,paracetamol or etodolac.

Application of local analgesic gel/spray followed by hot fomentation will help.

I hope the answer was useful.

Feel free to ask me any follow up queries that you may have.

Thank you.
Kind regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
Follow up: Dr. Mahaveer Patil 11 hours later
the pain is gone when i wake up and then after being up for about 10 min its back and worse
Answered by Dr. Mahaveer Patil 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
Nerve compression

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back !

Pain getting worse after 10 min of being up strongly suggests a nerve compression in the neck.

As i had mentioned earlier,get an MRI done as early as possible.

Thank you.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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