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    Left Shoulder & Shoulder Blade Pain

    I have had left shoulder pain for the past 4 weeks or so...nothing really horrible, but enough pain that I am very aggravated by it. I know I am an HA sufferer so I waited a few weeks and booked an appointment with an orthopedic on Thursday.

    However, over the weekend the pain has spread to my left shoulder blade and my left rib under the breast. Could this all be muscular? I am worried because from what I've read it could be spleen or pancreatic :( I hate to go to the orthopedic and have him do an MRI to find out it's nothing and then go have more tests with another doctor. Do you think the orthopedic would know anything about referred pain to the left shoulder if he doesn't believe it's muscle related? A little worried now..

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    Re: Left Shoulder & Shoulder Blade Pain

    The most likely reason is musculo/skeletal in other words muscles/ligaments/tendons etc and often its coming from your neck or back. The orthop Dr will usually be able to tell its origin on examination and will do necessary tests etc.
    The chances of it being from cancer of some sort is very very very low.

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    Re: Left Shoulder & Shoulder Blade Pain

    Yes, I keep trying to remind myself of that, but it's hard. Last time my other shoulder blade hurt, it was referred pain from my Gallbladder, which is really what has caused my HA in the first place. Hard not to think it could be something else...

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    Re: Left Shoulder & Shoulder Blade Pain

    But the good news with your right shoulder pain was that it was not from anything life threatening, unpleasant and painful yes but nothing cancerous.

    I understand totally how hard it is to not think worse case scenario.

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