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    Referred Shoulder Pain - Topic Overview

    Unexplained shoulder pain that does not change when you move your neck, shoulder, or arm or that occurs with symptoms elsewhere in your body (such as in your abdomen or chest) may be referred shoulder pain. Referred pain means that a problem exists somewhere else in the body other than where you feel the pain.

    Causes of referred shoulder pain may include:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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