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you could have strained a muscle in your upper back.
or you could have had a disk slipped in your upper back pinching on a nerve
you really need to see a doctor and get a neurological exam
and you may need a spine MRI scan to check for pinched nerves or strained muscles.
is the pain below your right shoulder level?
Yes, the pain is just under my shoulder blade.
this could be due to arthritis in your shoulder or from a torn rotator cuff
or a pinched nerve or strained muscle in your upper back.
So it could be lots of things. I was hoping you could be more specific. I tend to suffer a lot with joint pain but this pain is nothing like anything I have had before. It's NOT made worse by movement, in fact, if anything, it's better to move around than to sit. I don't know if it's relevant but I gave also had less of an appetite lately, not really enjoying my food. Also, noticed I am going to the toilet less to pass water.
pain made better with movement tends to mean more likely rheumatoid arthritis or possibly tight muscles
you may need to drink more water and fluids
you may benefit from physical therapy which can teach you more stretches you can do for your shoulder which can help improve flexibility.
there are blood test which can look for rheumatoid arthritis.
if your doctor is dismissing your symptoms, you should find another doctor who is more willing to listen to you.
why did you leave a negative rating?
I am still here willing to help you.
I left a negative rating because I felt that what you were saying was basically 'go and see your doctor'. I expected more specific advice rather than a range of possibilities, maybe with you asking more questions to see if you could be more specific. You also seemed to think it is my shoulder, when it is actually nearer to my spine and below my scapula.
I am happy to ask more questions and get more information from you.
you could very well have a pulled muscle or strained para-spinal muscle or a slipped disk or pinched nerve in your upper spine causing your pain.
have you tried any heating pads or ice packs on the area?
heating pads can help relax muscles
and ice packs can help decrease inflammation and decrease pain
I think that my concern is that it might be liver or kidney related, the latter especially because of my decreased urine output recently. Is this likely?
no, that is not likely
kidney or liver issues would not cause pain way up there.
have you tried to drink more water and fluids? this can help you urinate more
I drink a lot already, water, tea and coffee. I am always drinking.
then I would not worry about kidney output.
the location would not be from kidney or liver issues
So the most likely explanation is muscular or joint? Sorry if I sound silly, just ny husband had oesophageal cancer last year, and we never expected that. So I worry about everything now.
yes, the most likley explanation is muscular or pinched nerve cause.
your symptoms are not from esopheal cancer.
let me know if you have other questions.
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Thank you, ***** ***** reassured now that it is nothing serious.