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Doctor insights on: Arm And Shoulder Pain Causes

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Am curious to know if left arm and shoulder pain are caused of GERD. My father complains at times of this pain along with burps.thanks?

Am curious to know if left arm and shoulder pain are caused of GERD. My father complains at times of this pain along with burps.thanks?

Left arm discomfort: due to embryologic derivation left arm symptoms can frequently be due to cardiac, gastrointestinal or other thoracic organs including the esophagus, accordingly a detailed history and evaluation are strongly recommended .I suggest a prompt visit with a local physician for via Health Tap concierge ...Read more

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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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Bad habit of sleeping on arm. Causing shoulder pain, arm numbness, upper chest / collar bone tenderness. Neuropathy? What to do during sleep? Also pt?

Bad habit of sleeping on arm. Causing shoulder pain, arm numbness, upper chest / collar bone tenderness. Neuropathy? What to do during sleep? Also pt?

Sleeping on your arm: Puts a great deal of pressure on your rotator cuff and drives the cuff up into your shoulder blade and collarbone. It is akin to someone clamping you thigh for eight hours it is going to hurt. Furthermore your ac joint also can become inflamed. Finally the nerves in you arm get stretched and irritated. Try sleeping in a recliner, wear a shoulder immobilizer, or sleep with your back supported. ...Read more

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What can cause worsening upper arm and shoulder pain?

What can cause worsening upper arm and shoulder pain?

Shoulder Pain: Most common causes of shoulder pain are inflammation, SLAPS tears, Rotator Cuff tears, and shoulder dislocations. If you are having pain make an appointment to see an Orthopaedic shoulder surgeon for an examination and treatment options. Hope this helps. Take care, Joe Wilson. ...Read more

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Severe left shoulder pain by corner socket cannot lift shoulder/arm all the way up what could be possible cause ?

Severe left shoulder pain by corner socket cannot lift shoulder/arm all the way up what could be possible cause ?

Rotator cuff: If recent onset, a rotator cuff injury is a possibly. If a longstanding problem, arthritis is a common cause of decreased shoulder motion. Have it checked out by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have been having neck and shoulder pain on my right side for a week now. At times the pain will go down my right arm as well. What would cause this?

I have been having neck and shoulder pain on my right side for a week now. At times the pain will go down my right arm as well. What would cause this?

Your neck: Thank you for the question. There are many potential causes, but among the most common is the irritation of a nerve in the neck. The term "cervical radiculopathy" refers to the pain that can run don the arm into the neck from a nerve irritation in the neck. Uusally a phyxical exam and appropraite imaging studies can diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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Have shoulder pain all day. Right arm is like numbed. Not stiff shoulder, but pain. Eventually took medicine. What's the cause? No lifting heavy stuff

Have shoulder pain all day. Right arm is like numbed. Not stiff shoulder, but pain. Eventually took medicine. What's the cause? No lifting heavy stuff

Variable causes: Shoulder pain in female your age w/o obvious precipating event could be related to slight underlying instability, especially if other joints demonstrate greater than normal mobility/laxity. This is diagnosed mainly by clinical exam with otherwise normal x-rays/MRI. Mainstay of treatment is physical therapy to optimize strength of muscles around shoulder/shoulder blade (scapula). ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a C5 impingement cause shoulder pain and pain in back of upper arm?

Please tell me, could a C5 impingement cause shoulder pain and pain in back of upper arm?

Yes: A 5th cervical nerve root "pinching" from a disc herniation(for example) can radiate pain to the deltoid(shoulder) and into the back of the upper arm.See your md for evaluation and definitive diagnosis.Best of luck! ...Read more

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What causes extreme shoulder pain upper arm whilst walking a bit as if you've been punched , ?

What causes extreme shoulder pain upper arm whilst walking a bit as if you've been punched , ?

Arm ache: Arm aching brought on by walking and relieved by resting may be seen in coronary artery blockages. Arm and shoulder pain affected by motions of the arm and shoulder may be due to sprain or inflammation such as bursitis or arthritis. Discuss this important symptom with your physician who will schedule the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

Pinched nerve?: There are many things that can present this way. Part of the differential is a cervical radiculopathy or radiculitis (this is when nerves in your neck become pinched or irritated). If your symptoms persist or worsen (such as weakness), seek medical attention. Commonly (if this is what you do have.), a trial of physical therapy is very successful, but occasionally, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Hello, I have shoulder pain when I raise my arm up and outwards from my body. Like a star jump motion. Most other motions cause no pain at all. ?

Hello, I have shoulder pain when I raise my arm up and outwards from my body.  Like a star jump motion.  Most other motions cause no pain at all. ?

Rotator cuff?: The arm motion described sounds like abduction. The most common cause of painful abduction is related to the rotator cuff, frequently called impingement. There are other causes of pain as well. If symptoms continue, consult with a shoulder surgeon. ...Read more

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What causes shoulder pain and finger numbness? The pain is really bad and my arm is almost immobile.

What causes shoulder pain and finger numbness? The pain is really bad and my arm is almost immobile.

Shoulder instability: Due to a variety of causes, previous trauma, muscle weakness or injury. Loose ligaments are some causes. An unstable shoulder can give a feeling of apprehension when in certain positions and make the arm feel " dead". There are other explanations too. See an orthopedic surgeon . It's not normal for a 22 year old to feel this. ...Read more

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What would cause left shoulder pain/arm for almost a year now. Mri showed fluid build up and inflammation.Hurts to lift arm?

Bursitus: Sounds like an inflammatory process. You can try a steroid injection into the joint. Rest and ice may help. ...Read more

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I lay arm on flat surface and with 2 or 3 pds weight do wrist curls for 2 min. Would this cause shoulder pain? Pain when i lift whole arm crosswise

I lay arm on flat surface and with 2 or 3 pds weight do wrist curls for 2 min. Would this cause shoulder pain? Pain when i lift whole arm crosswise

No: We use the cross arm test for diagnosis. This is a sign of an old injury that has partially torn the shoulder joint capsule. An MRI is diagnostic and the Rx is arthroscopic repair. Good luck! ...Read more

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Having significant arm/shoulder pain when movIng.I hear popping.Did not do anything that would cause injury besides normal activity. What should I do?

Having significant arm/shoulder pain when movIng.I hear popping.Did not do anything that would cause injury besides normal activity. What should I do?

Neck pain: Likely a minor subluxation. For example if you sleep on your neck wrong that can get the vertebrae slight misaligned and this can cause "popping" and pain. Try NSAID, cool compress and rest. If no improvement get checked. ...Read more

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Can an action tremor in one arm be caused by a minor rotatory cuff injury? I have shoulder pain at certain angles when lifting objects.

Can an action tremor in one arm be caused by a minor rotatory cuff injury? I have shoulder pain at certain angles when lifting objects.

Possible: definitely worth getting an orhtopedic evaluation. If you are referring to an intention tremor, these can be treated with medication. ...Read more

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How to properly treat neck shoulder arm pain caused from kidney stones?

How to properly treat neck shoulder arm pain caused from kidney stones?

treat the source: If you truly have shoulder pain from kidney stones, the proper treatment would be to get rid of the kidney stones. ...Read more

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I have right shoulder pain that radiates in the back and down arms.What could it be? Would dehydration cause this?

Doubt dehydration: It should not cause right shoulder pain. However, other options include shoulder problem if moving the shoulder changes the pain. Otherwise, it could be related to lung problem, diaphragm, or upper abdominal problem that irritates the diaphragm and radiates pain. Need to see your doctor for x ray and physical exam. ...Read more

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Cervical steroid injection caused severe shoulder pain. 18 days later getting worse. Huge bruse and swelling band on arm?

Cervical steroid injection caused severe shoulder  pain. 18 days later getting worse. Huge bruse and swelling band on arm?

Get checked: You would certainly want to be checked immediately. There are multiple potential causes, from potential complications from the epidural to conditions that may be unrelated to the neck or epidural but could still be dangerous such as an axillary vein thrombosis. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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I have three compression fractures in my back and now havin neck and shoulder pain running down my arm what causes this? None

I have three compression fractures in my back and now havin neck and shoulder pain running down my arm what causes this? None

If : If you have compression fractures, arthritis, and degenerative disc disease in your back, it's likely the same processes are occurring in your neck. When the nerve roots in your neck are pinched or irritated by bulging discs or osteophytes (bone spurs), you could have pain, numbness or other sensations in your arms and hands. (it's like having sciatica in your arms.) if left untreated, you could eventually develop weakness in your upper extremities. See your doctor about these symptoms. He/she may want to arrange an MRI of your neck. Good luck! ...Read more

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