Left Shoulder Pain And Gallbladder

Rotator cuff muscles help stabilize your shoulder such that the four muscles that comprise the shoulder can perform actions like lifting and rotating your arms. Without the support of these muscles and tendons, your shoulder will not function correctly. Human actions that you normally take for granted such as sweeping the floor, hitting the golf ball, and throwing the bowling ball will all be for naught if your cuff muscles are weak.

In this light, you should keep your cuff muscles healthy and strong by engaging in simple exercises that you can complete by yourself, even without the guidance of a fitness instructor.

Ideal Exercises for Your Rotator Cuff Muscles

For the following routines, it is highly advisable that you do some stretching exercises first before you begin your fitness session. You might want to use free weights or resistance bands while doing your routines to make the exercises more challenging.

This lying external rotation exercise is done while lying down on your side either on the floor or on an exercise bench. Lie on your left side with the left hand acting as head support. Stack your legs together and bend your knees. Hold free weights with your right hand and position your right arm at a right angle (like an L-shape position).

Let your right elbow rest on your hip while the right arm is positioned across your stomach. Exhale and rotate or twist your right arm up (with the right hand pointing towards the ceiling), ensuring that the right elbow is tucked in place. Slowly bring down your right arm until you are back to your starting position. Do 8 repetitions on both sides.

Another exercise that can help strengthen your shoulder area is called internal rotation. Lie on your left side and bend the left arm at 90-degrees with the elbow facing towards the ceiling. Ensure that your right hand is resting at your side.

With the dumbbell in your left hand, slowly rotate your left arm inwards by slowly raising your forearm to your chest. Gradually return to your original position and repeat the exercise 8 more times. Do the same with your other shoulder.

Ensuring that your rotator cuff muscles are strong will help prevent possible tears on the muscles and tendons. In fact, even the American College of Sports Medicine suggests that everyone should do strength-training exercises just to make sure that the various muscle groups are kept flexible and strong. According to the association, you should indulge in strength training at least twice a week, with at least two days interval before subjecting yourself to the second session.

Try to bear in mind that the rotator cuff is made up four small muscles. Never exercise with excessive weight, a few pounds is more than enough. That said the shoulder is tough; if you take care of it it will last you a lifetime.

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22 thoughts on “Left Shoulder Pain And Gallbladder

  1. Why do i get chest pains before a bowel movement?
    I am a 32yr old man. I have about 3 bowel movements a week. Its always been that way so I am not concerned. About 2 months ago I started getting severe pains in the left side of my chest and around my left shoulder blade about 3 hrs before i have a bowel movement. The pain suddenly goes away 15 minutes after I go to the bathroom. Whats causes the pain? Could it be my gallbladder?

  2. I have left shoulder pain after open gallbladder and stone removal surgery?
    My mother is sufffering from acute left shoulder pain after open surgery of gallblader and stone removal

    • this is notdue to surgery i think this is due to sponolysis or due to blood pressure

  3. I’ve been having pain under left rib and left upper shoulder. Anyone know what this could be?
    I’ve been having severe pain under my left rib. I can’t breathe in or out especially deeply without excruciating pain from under my rib. I feel a dull pain in my upper left shoulder as well and when I bend I have a chest pain in my left breast. At first I thought it could be a gas bubble but after taking antiacids and gas-x for 2 days nothing has helped. Anyone know what this could be?

    • Go to your doctor and ask about your spleen. I ended up with a gallbladder problem but first thought it was my spleen.

  4. I have a pain on my right side of the stomach and right abdomen?
    I had my gallbladder operation in Nov 2010.I still have a pain on my right side of the stomach and right abdomen. I have indigestion, acidity & burp. I feel full and tired.

    • That pain is caused by tight muscles in your back pressing onto the nerves going to the organs as they leave the spine. That pressure on the nerves causes the organs to act up or go into pain. Freeing up the muscles in your back gets the pressure off the nerves to get rid of the pain. Here’s how to free up your back muscles to free up the nerves:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly pull down on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  5. What causes pain in your upper and lower left side of your stomach?
    My fiance has been having these sharp pains in his lower and upper stomach on the left side…and then he has to go use the bathroom number two and sometimes he can’t even stand up or sit down what could this be any ideas?

    • The epigastric area is directly above the belly button and in the upper middle section of your abdomen where you said could most likely be a problem with the pancreas or gallbladder. From my experience by lower you mean above belly button?. or do you mean lower than that? if thats the case maybe a hernia. also below the navel that spreads to left or right side could be a colon disorder, kidney stone or urinary tract infection. Or could be nothing =) which we are hopeful for. best bet is to see a doctor.

      By the way if he has a fever shortness of breath dizziness vomiting, bleeding. If the pain is radiating( spreading) to shoulder. Blood in your urine or feces or a black tarry like stool you need to call 911 which would indicate something more serious. good luck hope i helped

  6. What are the symptoms of a bad gull bladder?
    I’m having alot of pain right below my right chest, and above the rib cage, I know this is where your liver is, and also your gull bladder. I am diagnosed with having steotosis and fibrosis of the liver, but I think it is the gull bladder that is hurting. I vommit alot and have sharp pains in this area. The doctors can’t find anything but a fatty inflamed liver. Could it be my gull bladder?
    Yes! I am having pain around my back right shoulder blade, I figured it was joint problems, or my lungs (I’m a smoker)………

  7. How do I tell if I need my appendix or gallbladder removed?
    I’m having a really bad pain that goes from the left to right if my stomach. Right now it’s on the left right under my ribs. My periods due if that has anything to do with it

    • I’m not a doctor but one of my close relatives has had gallbladder problems so I’ve read up on it. Gallbladder pain usually happens on the right side near the bottom of your rib cage (that’s where your gallbladder is located, along with your liver), but it can radiate up to your right shoulder. Sometimes gallbladder pain even shows up in the higher part of your back between the shoulder blades. I suppose it can radiate down near the appendix too, but I haven’t heard if that happens very often. There’s a really good site about gallbladder problems. Click on the links below.

  8. Can chest pain for 5 days be a possible heart attack or just muscular pain?
    My boyfriend will be 50 in a few weeks, obviously is at the prime age for a heart attack. Last week before this chest discomfort start he was doing some heavy lifting. He waited for almost a week to tell me that he had this pain and is blowing it off that it’s due to the lifting. He says that if it was a heart attack that he would’ve been dead by now.

  9. What are the specific symptoms of a gallstone attack?
    Do you have a lot of pain right away or is there some little inkling that happens for a while and then it builds up to more intense pain?

    Also, where exactly is the pain? Near the middle of the chest? On the right side under the rib?

    • Gallstone attak or cholycystitis can be of two types..
      1. Acute
      2. Chronic
      In actue attack the patient gets suddden pain on the right side of the abdomen,usually just below the costal margin and is associated with bilious vomiting.This attack may be precipitated by a rich fatty meal.Also there may be rigors and the pain may get radiated to the right shoulder, right back or what is known as the infrascapular area and sometimes upper abdomen or epigastrium.This type of attack may often be superimposed on long standing chronic cholycystitis. The pain is sever deep dull and continous in nature. Rarely the pain may be on the left side if the patient is having situs inversus ( a condition where the adominal organs are present on the opposite side as compared to normal..ie. liver and gallbladder on the left side and spleen on the right side etc)
      In chronic cholycystitis the patient is having history of dyspepsia and vague pains on the right or left side of the abdomen with radiation to right shoulder.There is also post-prandial heavyness and or nausea, especially with a fatty meal or a meal having fatts in plenty. Here the type of pain is vague and mild coming occasionally, if the patient is not knowing about the condition. Right sided heaviness may also be present.

      Both these conditions may be asociated with jaundice, in which case the patient may occasionaly need admission in the hospital. in some cases the stones may obstruct the cystic duct and gallbladder becomes distended with bile , which gets absorbed and is replaced with mucus,the gallbladder may be visible as a pear shaped swelling in the right sub-costal area, moving with respiration. If this gets infected, what is called as empyema, the patient is toxic.

      I think this will suffice or want more…

  10. What kinds of symptoms do people generally have, with gallbladder problems?
    I have been plagued with pain in the chest, very little pain in the right side of my abdomen. In short, it feels like a heart attack! I don’t have the shortness of breath or the crushing of the chest feelings. My problem has been diagnosed by my family DR. I just want to know what others have dealt with.

    • If you are feeling like you are having pains in the heart you probably have a pinched muscle in your back. They often transfer the pain to the front of the body so everybody is looking for the cause in front and totally miss the one in the back. Here is how to release that one to find out if it was your back:
      Place your left hand on your left knee. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and with your fingertips find the muscle next to your spine. Press on it and hold. Relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don’t tense up any part of your body. After about 30 seconds there should be a release happening and when it does slowly lower yourself forward onto your right leg. If you can lean over the outside edge of your leg it will be better for your release. Continue holding for a total of one minute. Then release but rest your body there for one minute longer. Then reverse and do the right side.

  11. What side of the body is the pancrease and the liver located?
    I get pains in my right side on down to the pubic bone.

    • On this site, you can see the location of the
      pancreas and the liver. It is down a little on the
      page. The liver right lobe is located under the
      rib cage and more to the far right of the body.
      The liver left lobe is connected to the right lobe
      and extends over where the stomach area is.
      The pancreas is located more to the back
      close to the spinal column and in the center of the

      There is a kidney on either side
      of the spinal column in the back side of the body.
      The ducts leading from the kidney to the bladder
      move toward the front and down toward the leg
      on either side. Pain would be mostly in the back
      and toward the right side (if it is the right kidney)
      and if it is a stone in the ducts, would move down
      the specific side going toward the bladder.
      Pain in the pancreas usually is in the front/back
      and leads up to the shoulder area.
      Pain in the gallbladder ducts would be in
      the front and also may go up to the shoulder
      Appendicitis usually has pain that leads from
      the lower right side near the bone and goes up
      toward the belly button.
      However, nothing is set in stone for each
      patient as far as referred pain goes.

      What you stated sounds more like a kidney
      infection or kidney stones.

      Hope this information has been of some help to you.