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Severe pain after lifting boxes overhead. Worse right above armpit. Stiffens when I stop. Hand on chest and lifting elbow is most painful. Overhead no?

Severe pain after lifting boxes overhead. Worse right above armpit. Stiffens when I stop. Hand on chest and lifting elbow is most painful. Overhead no?

Get checked: A complete history and physical of your neck , back and shoulders will determine if your tore the ligaments and muscles in that region. Provided the pain is severe it is best addressed at an urgent care or emergency room. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have pain in left shoulder (top) not blades made worse with breathing coughing can move arm slight pain when lift arm high but worse if i bend down ?

Have pain in left shoulder (top) not blades made worse with breathing coughing can move arm slight pain when lift arm high but worse if i bend down ?

Gallbladder: Sounds like your gallbladder might be the cause - it sits right under your diaphragm so the breathing can effect it and pain will often refer to the shoulder. Please see a physician. ...Read more

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Moderate-severe pain when moving or using wrist. Started few weeks ago, went away for a while but is back and worse. splinting helps a little, cant grip or make a tight fist or twist wrist without sharp excruciating pain. no finger involvement. ?

Give it time: If splinting helps - do it and be patient. Also try both warm and cold - use both or either if it helps. Let it rest for days and days. It takes time to heal. If it's still bad - have an eval - carpal tunnel can be tough but can be treated. Patience and caution! Best wishes. ...Read more

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Fell directly on shoulder with arm twisted behind me. Pain is getting worse. Hurts to touch and use arm. Radiates up neck and down arm.

Shoulder pain: Please have an xray done to make sure you didnt separate your shoulder (an AC joint separation), or fracture your clavicle. Also, there can be a rotator cuff or labral tear and an MRI may be needed. Get an arm sling, take ibuprofen, apply ice, go to a walk in or urgent care center today. ...Read more

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Pain when taking a deep breath only but when I change posture or move shoulder pain goes away. Shoulder pain around rotator cuff and down shoulder?

Pain when taking a deep breath only but when I change posture or move shoulder pain goes away. Shoulder pain around rotator cuff and down shoulder?

Couple of things: Could be a couple of things. If not going away in a couple of days, then should have it checked by someone. Maybe even get X-ray. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain in front-right near torso, sharpish pain when lifting arm straight up or squeezing arm to torso. I did not lift anything really heavy. What is the cause, time to recovery, and treatment?

Shoulder pain in front-right near torso, sharpish pain when lifting arm straight up or squeezing arm to torso. I did not lift anything really heavy. What is the cause, time to recovery, and treatment?

Need exam: Your history is a bit vague; but pain w/ motion above shoulder level could be your rotator cuff irritating u. Other diagnoses could be ruled in or out but require a thourogh history and physical exam . See your ors if the pain continues.Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Sharp pain when lift things up to put on high shelf. Now, shoulder pain when extend arm to the side or lift arm up or write or sleep on side. Serious?

Sharp pain when lift things up to put on high shelf. Now, shoulder pain when extend arm to the side or lift arm up or write or sleep on side. Serious?

Bursitis: This could be a condition known as shoulder impingement or bursitis. It could also be a mild case of frozen shoulder (mild because your movement restriction sounds minimal) none of these are "serious" but likely needs an evaluation. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts all the time, but it is more severe when i'm sitting or laying down. Elevation does not help. Pain goes into the neck & arm.

My shoulder hurts all the time, but it is more severe when i'm sitting or laying down. Elevation does not help. Pain goes into the neck & arm.

??: Could be several things neck problems or shoulder joint itself can present this way if it is concerning you enough then go get it checked out by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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6 days after shoulder injury. Feel pain at shoulder when i write, walk or lift arm up. Should i ice or heat the affected area?

6 days after shoulder injury. Feel pain at shoulder when i write, walk or lift arm up. Should i ice or heat the affected area?

Get an evaluation: Depends on the type of injury you sustained. If you have pain with all of those activities, then getting an evaluation and some diagnostic testing may be useful. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of pain right wrist when turning it goes clear to shoulder. Also arm feels tired & difficult to use or raise?

Sudden onset of pain right wrist when turning it goes clear to shoulder. Also arm feels tired & difficult to use or raise?

Wrist pain: You may have sprained your wrist and now the pain spreads up along the sprained muscle. Give it some rest. Sometimes wrist splint or wrist support helps. If there is swelling, using an ace band if you don't get to use a splint, may work. Topical rubs - bengay, icyhot may help. Ibuprofen may provide temporary relief. But the best healer is time. ...Read more

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Had pinched nerve in back/left arm. Started lifting weights after it felt better. Now left arm is weak & MUCH smaller than right arm. What to do?

Had pinched nerve in back/left arm. Started lifting weights after it felt better. Now left arm is weak & MUCH smaller than right arm. What to do?

Pinched nerve damage: A pinched nerve can lose function and this may be irreversible. The nerve tells the muscle to work, and is the nerve is pinched and not working, the muscle will shrink. Until the nerve function recovers, the muscle will not work. This can be permanent and although some nerves function well when pinched, ongoing muscle weakness is a reason to see a spine specialist soon. ...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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Pain in lower back and buttocks. Worse at night. Worse when sitting. Better when walking or upright. What is it? Ice or heat better to treat?

Pain in lower back and buttocks. Worse at night. Worse when sitting. Better when walking or upright. What is it? Ice or heat better to treat?

Your symptoms: are a bit confusing since the LOCATION is CLASSIC for Spinal Stenosis ( Degenerative arthritis lumbar spine) but the RELIEF with walking is usually NOT the case( pain of spinal stenosis usually worsens with walking In any case you can try HEAT ICE and ALTERNATING HEAT/ICE Whatever helps..but get it checked out! Your Primary Care Provider (PCP) is the place to start! Dr Z ...Read more

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Getting forearm and elbow pain. Get a sharp pain when my elbow pops and arm locks in place at time when bending. 1 month long. Is it forearm or elbow?

Getting forearm and elbow pain. Get a sharp pain when my elbow pops and arm locks in place at time when bending. 1 month long. Is it forearm or elbow?

Loose body?: Locking of the elbow could be caused by a small free floating piece of bone which can form in a joint much like a piece of sand forms a pearl in an oyster. You should go to a orthopedic surgeon to have some x-rays and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Left Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain/discomfort after carrying heavy bags or walking dog ? Hurts starting in shoulder blade. Uncomfortable.

Left Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain/discomfort after carrying heavy bags or walking dog ?
Hurts starting in shoulder blade. Uncomfortable.

Myofascial : This sounds like you may be experiencing a myofascial trigger point; this irritation of muscle groups can even mimic nerve root type pain. The shoulder girdle area is a common site for these types of regional muscle fiber strains. If your dog takes you for the walk (with lots of tugging) then a few trips to dog training school may help to change unruly tugging. A lighter, fashionista bag ? ...Read more

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Chest wall/diaphragm pain when move,bending or press using palm hand.feel discomfort while driving or driving.ecg echo and blood test good..help?

Chest wall/diaphragm pain when move,bending or press using palm hand.feel discomfort while driving or driving.ecg echo and blood test good..help?

Common ailment: With the negative work up that you describe, I would say it is extremely likely that this is one of those hard to explain, almost always self limited, musculoskeletal chest pain syndromes. Relax. ...Read more

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