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Pain around shoulder blade radiating to ribcage. Addicted to smoking. Could tumor be causing this?

Hello. My boyfriend has been dealing with pain around the shoulder blade and goes around to his ribcage and towards his underarm . It actually comes and goes. He has been doing stretches, using anti-inflammatory meds, been to the chiropractor, using heat, ice etc. Doesn t seem to be getting better and he cannot figure out what has caused it. He has had several massages as the muscles seem to get tight. He is a smoker and I recently saw a commercial that said something about some lung cancers can cause tumors that put pressure on the nerves and now I am worried. Would a tumor cause this type chronic pain?
Asked On : Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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madam Good morning. you dont worry. lung tumors have severe presentation like loss of weight and appitite cough with bloody sputum. it long duration and common in late age. I think ur boyfriend might have Acid peptic disease also called gastritis with any muscular pain. ask him to take antacids with analgesics. soon he will be relieved. Thank u
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