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A 52-year-old female asked:

sore arm, can't raise over head. is this a sign of a stroke?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Unlikely: More likely it is a problem with your rotator cuff in your shoulder. Please see your doctor for evaluation.
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Probably not: Weakness rather than soreness is more typical of stroke. Can you grasp and bend with your arm below your head? This may be tendonitis, arthritis or possibly a rotator cuff issue. If you are also having slurred speech, dizziness, changes in your vision, difficulty breathing, chest heaviness, etc. go to the ER now! In any event, you should seek medical attention soon!

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Last updated Aug 11, 2014

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