Causes of Pain under the Shoulder Blade

There are many possible causes of pain under shoulder blade and as I explained in my previous post, some of these causes are very serious.

For that reason my advice if you experience pain under your shoulder blade is to see a doctor immediately.

Causes of Pain under Shoulder Blade

Heart Attack

The most serious cause of pain under the shoulder blade can being pain from a heart attack.

In a heart attack the be localized to the shoulder or it may spread to the arms or neck and be accompanied by nausea, shortness of breath, or sweating.

Abdominal Conditions

Gallbladder disease can cause pain that is often located on the right under the shoulder blade, or on the tip of the shoulder.

Other abdominal condition can cause pain under the shoulder blade.  These abdominal condition include peptic ulcer disease, pancreatitis, and esophagitis.

Ectopic Pregnancy

In women of childbearing age pain under the shoulder blade can be a symptom of an ectopic pregnancy.

Chest conditions

Chest conditions that can cause pain under the shoulder blade include: blood clots in the lungs, pleurisy and pneumonia. Pleurisy is an irritation and inflammation of the surfaces of the lungs.

Shoulder injuries and strains

Shoulder injuries can cause pain under the shoulder blade.  Muscle strains or tears can also cause pain under the shoulder blades.

For further information see Pain Under the Shoulder Blade