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Right Upper Back Pain

Hello.  I'm not sure if this question is a respiratory one, but I wasn't sure which forum to place my question under.

For a couple of months or so, I have been experiencing slight pain on and off in my right lower back, around the lower ribs.  I usually noticed this more in the morning.  I figured it may have been from pulling something in my sleep.  Previous to this, I had an ultrasound done for gall bladder and kidneys that had come up negative, so I thought nothing more of the pain than a pull.

My doctor said sometimes the kidneys may cause back pain when sleeping on your back as they settle to the back of your body.  I was told morning urination will usually alleviate the pain.  I always noticed the slight pain would still appear on and off at any time of day.

Last night I woke up at 2 AM with a burning pain in my right upper back, around my shoulder blade.  Certain movements cause the pain to kick in.  Occasionaly a deep breath will cause the pain, too.  However, stretching my right arm in certain ways will cause the pain.  I am very uncomfortable today.

Could this just be another muscle pull or something else?
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Since certain movements cause this burning pain in your right upper back, it is most likely due to a muscle pull.  However the pain from a muscle pull usually improves as the day goes on.  You will need to have a thorough physical exam by your doctor to find out the nature of the problem that is causing this burning pain around your right shoulder blade.  A good test to start with is a chest x-ray and possibly an electrocardiogram (EKG) to see if there is any other cause.
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