You may be referring to referred shoulder pain. It is usually unaffected by moving the arm, and may be associated with symptoms or signs elsewhere in the body.
Cervical spine or abdominal pathology may initially present with shoulder pain. Patients with myocardial infarction, aortic aneurysm, pulmonary embolus, pneumonia, subacute bacterial endocarditis, ruptured liver adenoma, various malignancies, and well as a number of other conditions may initially present with a complaint of shoulder pain.
Typically gall bladder pain radiates to the right shoulder, not the left. However, if you are having intra-abdominal fluid, this can certainly irritate the diaphragm, and subsequently either shoulders via the phrenic nerve.
I would evaluate the pain with xrays and perhaps an MRI. If all the imaging tests are negative, neurology referral would be helpful since you are having numbness. Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG) would then be considered for further workup.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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I had gall bladder, lap nissen surgery in 2000. I also experienced left shoulder/arm pain for several months. In the hospital, everyone acted like I was crazy and couldn't explain the pain. FINALLY one of the surgeons on a follow up visit explained abour "referred shoulder pain" and said it was likely due to all the gas they used to blow up the area during surgery, unfortuately, when they sew you up, the gas is still in there pushing up on the diaphram and causing the pain. I found the most relief with stuff like pepsid and gas x to help rid the gas.
I had gallbladder surgery by lipo on 06/17/03. I have been experiencing severe pain that moves around my stomach. It is most severe when it reaches by lower rib cage. The pain radiates to my back near my kidneys. At first I thought I was having a heart attack. A CT scan and xrays were done and nothing was found.
My doctor told me that not all gas can be removed when the surgery is complete and this is what was still in my abdominal cavity. He also said that my intestines would eventually absorb the gas. This pain is so severe that my left shoulder hurts when I am going through this pain. It takes anywhere from 3 to 30 minutes to subside only to return in a few minutes. Some days I don't have any pain at all.
How long will this last? I was told 10 to 14 days. I feel very anxious and feel like I will never be the same again.
Like Archie, I experienced gas pain after I had gallbladder surgery on 06/17/03 by lipo surgery. After the surgery, I began experiencing severe pain at my lower rib cage and it radiated to my back at the kidney area. The pain is so intense I thought I was having a heart attack as my left arm and chest hurt and I felt like I could not breath.
After a CT scan and xrays, I was told nothing was found. My doctor told me it was the gas that was blown into my stomach for the surg. and that eventually my intestines would absorb the gas. It should be gone in about 10 to 14 days. I hope so, the pain is excruciating.
A nurse told me to get on all fours and rock as far back and forth as possible to relieve the gas. It helped only for a while. Today, I experienced it again. I am so tired that I could not hold myself up on all fours. I got very anxious and went outside and walked until the pain subsided (about 30 minutes). This seemed to do the trick. I could feel the air bulbs passing to another area of my stomach, for now.
I would certainly like to hear of any other ideas.
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