A 64-year-old female asked:
I was just diagnosed with costochondritis and wonder why my left arm aches so much when my chest hurts?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 38 years experience
Referred pain?: The aching in your left arm may be "referred pain" - i.e. Because of the way the nervous system works, the problem is in your chest wall, but you perceive pain in your left arm. It's also possible that there is something else going on in your neck or your arm.
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