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What causes shoulder pain during infertility treatment?

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I am going thru IVF- had 2 embryos implanted on 5/25. The very next day had severe--severe-- pain in left shoulder--it lasted 2 days and went away. Just had first hcg test and level is low 19.7. I have been reading today on the web that shoulder pain could indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Could the shoulder pain be a symptom even though it was 2 weeks ago? I am also nauseous but otherwise feel fine. No bleeding or cramping at all. Should I be worried? Thank you.
                                                                 
Mon, 18 Aug 2014
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Yes,ruptured ectopic can cause shoulder pain.However it is an acute emergency and can lead to death if not treated immediately.Other causes of shoulder pain can be gall bladder stone or inflammation,bursitis ,neck pain,referred pain from diaphragm etc.You should get it checked .
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I am going thru IVF- had 2 embryos implanted on 5/25. The very next day had severe--severe-- pain in left shoulder--it lasted 2 days and went away. Just had first hcg test and level is low 19.7. I have been reading today on the web that shoulder pain could indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Could the shoulder pain be a symptom even though it was 2 weeks ago? I am also nauseous but otherwise feel fine. No bleeding or cramping at all. Should I be worried? Thank you.
                                                                 

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