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A 49-year-old member asked:

shooting pain down my right arm, what to do?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 37 years experience
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.
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 13 years experience
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.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
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.
Dr. TORY MCJUNKIN
Pain Management 19 years experience
Arm pain: Most important to find out why you have the arm pain. It could be several different things. If it is chronic or long standing, it should be worked up. Your doctor will consider nerve trauma, nerve irritation, disc herniation, spinal pathology, nerve entrapment, neuropathy, vascular problems, heart issues, metabolic disturbances and many other conditions. Best to find out and treat the source!
Dr. Neil Ellis
Anesthesiology 13 years experience
See doctor: Try conservative measures like physical therapy. Neuropathic medications are better than opiates. If it does not resolve you may need to see an interventional pain physician or a surgeon.

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My husband as got a shooting pain is is right arm?

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Dr. Bernard Canlas
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Cevical issue: Although your question is incomplete, the first that thing to consider is what are the other associated symptoms. Some patients who has this complaint maybe cardiac in origin. Such as ischemia. Assuming this is not the case, then another potential source is cervical radiculopathy, an irritation of the nerves arising from the cervical spine. An imaging study ordered by your doctor will help.
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What does it mean when you have shooting pain up and down your right arm?

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Nerve pain: It sounds like you might be experiencing nerve pain (neuropathic pain). It might be due to a pinched nerve. I recommend you seeing a doctor for evaluation and treatment.
Dr. TORY MCJUNKIN
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Agree could be several different things. Most would consider an MRI of cervical spine and many would consider an EMG to rule-out nerve entrapment (like carpal tunnel) or nerve damage. See a pain specialist.
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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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If you have swelling, see about getting an Ultrasound of your arm
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What could cause a shooting pain down my right arm?

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Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 34 years experience
Cervical spine?: There are multiple possible causes. A common cause is an irritated nerve in the neck or cervical spine. Other possible causes include a shoulder problem, brachial plexus injury, and referred pain from an internal medical problem. If the symptoms persist or are associated with other symptoms, consult a physician.

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