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shooting pain down my right arm, what to do?

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Dr. Vikram Patel
36 years experience Pain Management
Arm pain: Shooting pain is often due to a pinched nerve in the neck. You need proper evaluation by a neurologist or pain physician. In the mean time, avoid looking down for long periods. Use a soft collar as a reminder not to flex your neck too much.
Answered on Jul 1, 2014
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
See your doctor: for a physical exam and imaging which may or may not show nerve impingement secondary to degenerative processes in the disks or vertebrae of your neck.
Answered on Apr 26, 2015
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Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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