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A 26-year-old female asked:

Light pain under left breast that goes up my shoulder and down my left arm. feels like pins and needles but without any chest pain. is this gas?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Non likely: Pins and needles feeling is called "paresthesia" and is a sign of peripheral neuritis. It can be positional in which case it would come and go. Paresthesia and pain in that distribution, which follows the path of a nerve root (called a dermatome), suggests impingement in the cervical spine - often due to disk herniation or trauma in your age group (26). Also consider a brachial plexus injury.

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