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Pain in the shoulder blade radiating to armpit after workout, consistent throbbing in chest, using hot fomentation. Treatment required?

My husband was recently working out and after he was done, had pain in his left shoulder blade that radiated to his shoulder, armpit, chest . He is in excellent health and works out often, so we ruled out his heart and assumed it was just a pulled muscle. It has been 3 days and now the pain is more in his chest/pectoral area and is sometimes throbbing or sharp pain, but has been a consistent pain that has kept him from doing much the last few days. Is this most likely a pulled muscle that will go away with time or something we should take him to a physician for? We have been applying heat in the evenings, but he does not like to medicate, so is not taking any anti-inflammatory meds.
Asked On : Sun, 30 Sep 2012
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Hi there,

Thanks for your query.

The symptoms are suggestive of pulled muscles around the shoulder joint, though a first presentation of underlying, undiagnosed heart disease cannot be ruled out completely. This is notwithstanding the fact that your husband is in excellent health. In some cases, heart disease tends to remain silent.

Kindly convince your husband to take a combination of anti-inflammatory + muscle relaxant drug for 3-5 days, instead of living in suffering.

If there is response to these drugs, please consult your Physician and apprise him of my opinion. He is the best judge to apprise you of the best course of action.

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Dr. Rakesh Karanwal
Answered: Thu, 9 Jan 2014
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