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Shoulder blade pain is often caused by muscle tension, but sometimes it can be due to something much more serious - gallstones. ...
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The Connection Between Gallstones and Shoulder Pain
Dr. Travis Stork: The next one is one of that’s often ignored partially because it is very common, I'm talking about the shoulder blade pain and in most cases, shoulder blade pain -- it may just be a muscle pain, but sometimes, you can have a series pain up in your right shoulder, in the shoulder blade area, especially if there’s pain also in your upper abdomen, it may radiate to your chest. It could mean gall bladder disease or gall stones.
And if you look at this animation, gall stones are very common. It may occur in the gall bladder which is right in the liver there, in your right upper abdomen. Sometimes, you get build up literally of gallstones and when they block the bile duct, what happens is the gall bladder can actually get enlarged, it can get inflamed, it can get infected. When that happens, we call it collisistitis, ‘itis’ meaning inflammation of the gall bladder. And you really do need to get your gall bladder out in those cases.
Now, a lot of people need to realize that this little tiny organ here, this is a gall bladder, this little boy can get pretty dog on angry and inflamed and if you ignore those symptoms, especially if you have fever, it can turn into something deadly. And these are the little stones, gall stones that can develop and they can be smaller, they can be tiny, tinier than that, or they can get quite big and you can see how get one of these stuck in your bile duct, no bile is going through.
And the bile, do you know what the bile does is it helps to digest fats. But you can do just fine without your gall bladder so if you’re having those symptoms, you’ve got to get it checked out.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: And then it gotten much better, removing the gall bladder with just laparoscopically. But women are actually two times more prone to gall bladder disease because of the estrogen, again we’re talking about hormones. Estrogen actually increases the risk of those gall stones forming because of the cholesterol. It also deceases the motility, the actual action that getting bile and cholesterol added there, so it keeps it sort of all the sludge kind of in there, so that’s why there is an increase risk. This can also happen on pregnancy as well because the hormones are so high.
Dr. Travis Stork: But here’s what you need to do actually if you decrease your fatty food intake, high cholesterol on your diet, that could prevent some of those cholesterol stones from forming in your gall bladder.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: But there is one other thing that we worry about, especially as surgeons about shoulder pain, is it might be internal bleeding. So that’s something post operatively, something that we worry about.
Dr. Travis Stork: Because irritation of those nerves internally there are actually connected with the nerves that lead to your shoulder and that’s why the human body is so complex, when something is not right, it doesn’t feel right, you have to get it checked out.