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Doctor insights on: Aches And Pains In Shoulders And Arms

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Dr. Richard Levin
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Deep ache, sharp pains in arm from hand to all sides of shoulder for 2 months (started in hand, moved up) stabbing pains in shoulder blade. Cause?

Deep ache, sharp pains in arm from hand to all sides of shoulder for 2 months (started in hand, moved up) stabbing pains in shoulder blade. Cause?

Referred Pain: The sensation of "sharp/stabbing " pain may be a PARASTHESIA symptom often associated with nerve irritation/ inflammation/compression. However, I noticed you had chest symptoms also. Abnormal conditions in the heart or lung can result in referred nerve pain patterns. You didn't say which arm (heart issues can cause left arm symptoms). The persistence of pain for months = PLEASE see your MD!!! ...Read more

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Terrible shooting pains in my left arm/shoulder blade/elbow for months. Now its in my right arm, too. Sometimes a deep ache. Heart? Nerve?

Terrible shooting pains in my left arm/shoulder blade/elbow for months. Now its in my right arm, too. Sometimes a deep ache. Heart? Nerve?

Nerve: Most likely a "pinched nerve" in the neck. I would not hesitate to be seen for a detailed exam and appropriate studies to establish the diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Left arm/shoulder dull ache/numbness. And sharp chest pains left side and sternum area has been increasing over the past 2 weeks? Any ideas?

Left arm/shoulder dull ache/numbness. And sharp chest pains left side and sternum area has been increasing over the past 2 weeks? Any ideas?

Cardiologist?: You want to see your doc and ask if you need to see a cardiologist. Or possibly any other specialists.

No reason to wait. Good luck and it is better to be safe. ...Read more

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Right arm aches and burns. Shoulder elbow wrist and hand hurt on and off. Look and feel normal. Muscle pains too. Line of pain switches front to back.

Right arm aches and burns. Shoulder elbow wrist and hand hurt on and off. Look and feel normal. Muscle pains too. Line of pain switches front to back.

UnCertain: There are many possibilities. This could be a muscle, like fibromyalgia, it could be arthritis, or could be another syndrome. It would be best if you ask your physician to help clarify this and possibly send you to a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have a dull ache in my arms mostly around the shoulder and upper triceps area. I swim every night at moderate pace are these two things correlated?

I have a dull ache in my arms mostly around the shoulder and upper triceps area. I swim every night at moderate pace are these two things correlated?

Yes: Try stretching the affected muscles before swimming. Using a foam roller may also help. Do your swimming, then do light easy arm movement for a few minutes for a cool-down period. ...Read more

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When I move my shoulders or swing my arms something seems to pop around near my shoulder/back. I feel a little sore after. Should I see a doctor?

When I move my shoulders or swing my arms something seems to pop around near my shoulder/back. I feel a little sore after. Should I see a doctor?

Shoulder/back: It is always best to see a doctor if you have symptoms of pain that does not resolve with rest and conservative treatment. It may be nothing, but better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Hello I am healthy but have frequent muscular aches upper arms & shoulder blades for about a month. OTC meds do not help much. What cld be the cause?

Hello I am healthy but have frequent muscular aches upper arms & shoulder blades for about a month. OTC meds do not help much. What cld be the cause?

Hard to say: 'Various possible causes ranging from muscle strain to various inflammatory muscle disorders (myositis). Your type of problem is best addressed by seeing a physician to evaluate your problem. ...Read more

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Cold tingling feeling between shoulder blades and full ache. Also sore shoulders and arms. Mild scoliosis. Tender spot by or on spine. What causes?

Cold tingling feeling between shoulder blades and full ache. Also sore shoulders and arms. Mild scoliosis. Tender spot by or on spine. What causes?

Nerve compression: Scoliosis can cause some nerve compression in your spine that may be causing your symptoms. Consider seeing a chiropractor or a physical therapist to help you get your symptoms alleviated. They may also help you figure out some exercises that you ca do at home to prevent future problems. Acupuncture or yoga may also be helpful. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my arms and hands, weak neck, I pull muscles there easily. My left shoulder blade is always sore.

I have numbness in my arms and hands, weak neck, I pull muscles there easily. My left shoulder blade is always sore.

Be seen: I would certainly be seen and have further testing including possibly an MRI of your cervical spine. Your symptoms could indicate compression of your spinal cord in your spine. ...Read more

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For days now both my upper arms ache and my left shoulder aches. Also upper left chest muscles are sore and down left side of neck feels stiff.

For days now both my upper arms ache and my left shoulder aches. Also upper left chest muscles are sore and down left side of neck feels stiff.

Aching upper body: Would check for strep throat, even if not symptomatic, or mycoplasma infection may also be TMJ or bruxism (grinding teeth at night), reflux check for h pylori as well, check ESR, CBC, CPK, ANA for autoimmune process, though less likely check EKG, troponin, check CXR and for lymph nodes / thyroid would follow up with doc ER today. ...Read more

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4 months of off balance feeling, sore arms, shoulder and legs, pain in neck. Tingling feeling when sleeping at times. Doctor didn't know. Do you?

4 months of off balance feeling, sore arms, shoulder and legs, pain in neck. Tingling feeling when sleeping at times. Doctor didn't know. Do you?

Off Balance: Chris, I would see a neurologist to check. This problem could be coming from your head or neck, and they would know how to discover the source. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more

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Started taking 25 mg of Luvox 5 days ago and have been experiencing tightness in chest, neck, shoulder and back ache, cough, numbness and tingling in arms. Woke up first night and had sudden neck pain and squeezing in chest. Has been more mild since?

Started taking 25 mg of Luvox 5 days ago and have been experiencing tightness in chest, neck, shoulder and back ache, cough, numbness and tingling in arms. Woke up first night and had sudden neck pain and squeezing in chest. Has been more mild since?

UnpleasantSideEffect: All these symptoms started after you started taking Luvox. That means you are not able to tolerate the drug. I will call the prescribing doctor/psychiatrist and discuss your symptoms and may be a change of medication ...Read more

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My shoulder aches especially rotating the arm?

My shoulder aches especially rotating the arm?

Shoulder issue: You may have rotator cuff problem (complete vs. Partial tear) or tendinitis of some muscles in the shoulder (biceps, for example) or sometimes it may be an overuse. It may not be a bad idea to see a doc to rule things out. ...Read more

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Upper arm aches near the shoulder?

Upper arm aches near the shoulder?

Several causes: There are several causes for the upper arm to ache near the shoulder. The most common are a tendonitis or a bursitis. Both of these can be treated with ice, rest and gentle stretching. Seeing a physical therapist can help with a more rapid recovery and decreasing the pain. If condition is worsening or is severe then see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What could a dull ache under my left arm and back of shoulder mean?

What could a dull ache under my left arm and back of shoulder mean?

Muscle strain: Possible a muscle strain or rotator cuff injury. It depends on how long this has been going on and if there was any inciting trauma such as lifting or carrying something heavy which could have brought it out. I'd say more info and having a doctor evaluate it is the best course of action. ...Read more

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Husband has pain in right shoulder and when it hurts his whole arm aches what does this mean? He is 31.

Most have bursitis: If you have bursitis, the affected joint may:
feel achy or stiff
hurt more when you move it or press on it
look swollen and red. Just go and see your physician he will tell you what to do. ...Read more

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What might be causing pain in my shoulder/neck area that radiates down the side and back of my arm. I get a strong aching pain when I move my arm.

Many Disorders: You need examination of your neck, shoulder, & arm. Since pain is aroused by shoulder movement, this suggests neural pinching in the shoulder. Thoracic outlet syndrome is a consideration. So is a disc protrusion in neck spine. An osteopath or physiatrist can examine, order tests, & define. Mri probably needed. Ultrasound can help decide. Physical therapy if spinal disc problem not found. ...Read more

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I have a dull ache in my shoulder and it shoots down my lefy arm I do not have any chest pain though

I have a dull ache in my shoulder and it shoots down my lefy arm I do not have any chest pain though

Not enough info: Unclear if heart related or something going on locaaly in the shoulder or neck. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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My shoulder is sore. When I left my arm up its really sore. When it's resting or I'm doing things that don't involve my arm up its fine.?

My shoulder is sore. When I left my arm up its really sore. When it's resting or I'm doing things that don't involve my arm up its fine.?

Strain: Sounds like you have a strain potentially of your rotator cuff or maybe your deltoid or biceps. You may remember doing something with your shoulder in the last few days. Treatment is continued mild activity to maintain range of motion in your shoulder. Avoidance of strenuous activity and non steroidal anti inflammtory medications in adequate doses for about 10 days. ...Read more

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Ache on top of shoulder press down on it cause ache, ache increases lying down certain movements cause ache as well some time travels down arm

Ache on top of shoulder press down on it cause ache, ache increases lying down certain movements cause ache as well some time travels down arm

Shoulder ache: At your age I don't think you have arthritis of the shoulder, but tendonitis is a definite possibility unless you can recall a specific shoulder injury causing a sprain. I recommend trying a week of anti-inflammatory medication like Advil or Aleve. If symptoms persist consult an orthopedic specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Have had a very dull but constant ache/throb in left neck and shoulder for few days. Spreads down upper arm. Also feels hot to touch, feel flush also.

Have had a very dull but constant ache/throb in left neck and shoulder for few days. Spreads down upper arm. Also feels hot to touch, feel flush also.

Shoulder pain: One thinks a bit about your heart with symptoms like this, especially with flushing. However, pretty unlikely at your age, and would not feel hot to touch. My best guess is muscle spasm irritating the nerve bundle at your shoulder, or even higher up at your neck. I recommend seeing a doctor to help sort this out. ...Read more