• Ginger Ginger
    January 05, 2011
    Pain in muscle under right shoulder blade?
    Ginger Ginger
    January 05, 2011

    What causes pain behind the right shoulder blade? My pain is an intermitent ache behind right shoulder blade.  I also have an occasional feeling of "heat" in the right armpit.  Thanks for any advice.



  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    January 06, 2011
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    January 06, 2011

    A pain around, under, or next to the shoulder blade can come from many different sources starting with the multiple muscles around, under and next to the shoulder blade. Sometimes people describe this type of pain like a "knife".

    Other times the pain felt in the shoulder blade region comes from far away sources. The referred pain can be coming from a source in the neck or even gallbladder disease.

    "Heat" in the right armpit leads me to believe that this pain is most likely coming from a neck problem at the cervicothoracic junction (base of the neck) which is also irritatiing the right T1 nerve root.

    An examination by a skilled doctor should be able to help you diagnose the exact problem. Without a more thorough history and examination, answers are really just stabs in the dark.

    Here are some links that might be useful:

    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds

    Why Yoga Can Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain


    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD


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