Pain between shoulder blades can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose pain between shoulder blades, we could:
|Heart Disease||1%||Ruled out|
|Cervical Arthritis||1%||Ruled out|
|Esophageal Cancer||0%||Ruled out|
|Liver Cancer||0%||Ruled out|
Do you have pain between your shoulder blades?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Yes, some
→ Yes, significant
The constriction caused by Angina Pectoris induces pain between the shoulder blades.
In cases of heart disease, pain will usually be felt in the left or middle of the chest, but it can also be felt in the inner sides of the left arm, neck, jaw, or between the shoulder blades. This pain, also known as 'referred pain', should not be ignored. The pain that you experience is a manifestation of something going wrong in your body.
Pain between the shoulder blades is a sign of advanced disease when related to cancer of the esophagus. Other symptoms such as progressive swallowing difficulty, weight loss, and loss of appetite would normally be present also.
The pain is usually felt in the upper abdomen but sometimes the pain may spread to the right shoulder or between the shoulder blades. The pain often occurs following a heavy or fatty meal and is sometimes one of the main symptoms of a more advanced disease state.
'Ruptured' gastric ulcers which have gone through the stomach wall can cause a sharp pain which sometimes can be described as a pain felt in the region between the shoulder blades.
Pain between the shoulder blades is an initial symptom of liver cancer, but would normally be accompanied by other symptoms such as weight loss, loss of appetite, yellowish skin color.