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Pain in upper back, shoulder, neck down arm to elbow on left side hurts the most when turning head to the right. Been 4 days. What can I do?

Pain in upper back, shoulder, neck down arm to elbow on left side hurts the most when turning head to the right. Been 4 days. What can I do?

This sounds: like RADICULOPATHY (Pinched nerve between the 6th and 7th neck vertebrae. (see illustration) Try applying heat/ice to the back of your neck! If you sleep with many pillows try reducing them or sleeping flat> If the above measures do not help..a visit with a hands on exam to your PCP who may want to refer you to an ORTHOPEDIC or SPINE specialist is indicated Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Facial and neck swelling that relates to the side i lay down on example lay with left side on the pillow left side swells ?

Facial and neck swelling that relates to the side i lay down on example lay with left side on the pillow left side swells ?

Face swelling: It sounds like something is causing excess fluid in the tissues of the face and neck, which moves with gravity to the lowest side when you lay down and still. Causes may include allergic reactions, infections of the teeth or sinuses, kidney disease, blockages to the veins in the neck, etc. If this finding persists more than a day or two, get it checked out by a physician. ...Read more

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I have swelling on the right side of my face from the top of my neck to my ear. I cannot move my neck without pain. ?

Pain is a sign: your body is telling you there is something wrong. you need to see a doctor for this ASAP as the swelling is in an unusual area. it sounds like you may have a possible skin or soft tissue infection that is spreading. ...Read more

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Trouble turning my neck to the left, numbness in my right shoulder and painfull pressure on the inside of my arm for approximately 4 inches on the wri?

Trouble turning my neck to the left, numbness in my right shoulder and painfull pressure on the inside of my arm for approximately 4 inches on the wri?

Check your neck!: Symptoms suggest impingement of a nerve as it exits the neck. Evaluation of neck and thoracic outlet by exam than maybe by imaging seems appropriate. ...Read more

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The left side of my face feels heavy. My leg and arm does too i can use them right now but when i talk the left side of my mouth don't work properly?

The left side of my face feels heavy. My leg and arm does too i can use them right now but when i talk the left side of my mouth don't work properly?

Go to the ER: It's very important for you to go to the emergency room to see if you have a neurological condition that requires immediate treatment such as a ministroke. ...Read more

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The left side of my face feels asleep! can't blink my left eye alone, or smile on the left side just like a grin to the right?

The left side of my face feels asleep!  can't blink my left eye alone, or smile on the left side just like a grin to the right?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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My upper back in between my shoulder blades more on right side has intense pain can not turn my head to the right or move my arm up and down?

My upper back in between my shoulder blades more on right side has intense pain can not turn my head to the right or move my arm up and down?

Many possibilities : It sounds like you may have a pinched nerve in your neck, perhaps at the c5 or c6 levels and you may also be developing a secondary frozen shoulder. Learn more here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/pinched-nerve-in-shoulder.Htm and http://theshouldercenter.Com/frozen-shoulder.Htm see your doctor. ...Read more

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I can't lift my right eyebrow up (only the left), and can't grin on my right side (only left side), I also can't see very well on my right eye?

I can't lift  my right eyebrow up (only the left), and can't grin on my right side (only left side), I also can't see very well on my right eye?

ER/UC: now- never ignore such serious symptoms: you will need an examination, testing, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment- cannot be done online. Call nOW for an appointment. ...Read more

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When l lift my left arm it hurts where the chest muscle connects to the front of shoulder?

When  l lift my left arm  it hurts where the chest muscle connects to the front of shoulder?

Stretch : May have pulled a pectoralis muscle ... Should improve in 1-3 weeks. ...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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Hi. ache in left side upper back of neck . When I move arm , neck aches. I can move neck but spot on left side will ache too. Ideas? & how to treat?

Hi. ache in left side upper back of neck . When I move arm , neck aches. I can move neck but spot on left side will ache too. Ideas? & how to treat?

Broad differential : One possibility is myofascial pain, but would need more history to give more info and develop a treatment plan. I'm available for consults if you would like to discuss further. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from mild to moderate shoulder pain for about two weeks now. The pain is usually when i lift my arm to the side.

I have been suffering from mild to moderate shoulder pain for about two weeks now.  The pain is usually when i lift my arm to the side.

See an orthopedist: This can be anything from a muscle strain to a problem with the shoulder joint (which is one of the more complex joints in the body). You need to be examined by an experienced clinician. ...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?

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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Im 17 and i have a pain on the left side of my chest towards the middle. t hurts when i lift my arm, turn my body to the left or when i rotate my body?

Ans: Sounds musculoskeletal. Do you exercise a lot? Try just resting for a week and see if it resolves on its own. You must watch what you eat also. Be sure you are eating healthy try 2 to scabs see if you feel better. Give these things a try and if no improvement see your doctor ...Read more

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Pain on my left side of my back at the top, when i turn my neck to the left or lift my arm it pains ?

Pain on my left side of my back at the top, when i turn my neck to the left or lift my arm it pains ?

Muscle spasm/28 year: Sounds like muscle spasm.Causes most likely stress or posture.Do you exercise?If not do daily stretching of area for at least 1 week. if no improvement see doctor. ...Read more

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Keep geting a pain in my chest on the right side then it gos when i lift my right arm?

Get to the ER ASAP!: Any degree of chest pain should be immediately evaluated. While it could be an inflammation of your ribs from strain after lifting or mowing the lawn, it could also be a collapsed lung or a blood clot in the lung, which can be deadly. It could also be an atypical presentation of heart disease. In any event, get immediate attention. ...Read more

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I have pain in my shoulder when lifting my arm our to the side. It pops and hurts when i lift arm higher than shoulder. Also when i pour into a glass.

I have pain in my shoulder when lifting my arm our to the side. It pops and hurts when i lift arm higher than shoulder. Also when i pour into a glass.

See ur Dr and get: Checked for arthritis, bursitis, strain, sprain etc. Perhaps u r getting close to senior citizenship! (joke!) take care! http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00065. http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/mao-shing-ni-lac-dom-phd/4-herbs-natural-pain-relief. ...Read more

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Hi i had a trapped nerve in my neck 6weeks ago effecting my left side mainly arm. The pain has almost all subsided. Can i lift weights in the gym?

Hi i had a trapped nerve in my  neck 6weeks ago effecting my left side mainly arm. The pain has almost all subsided. Can i lift weights in the gym?

Nerves: At your age usually don't get trapped, except of cases of trauma or disc herniation. If currently no weakness in your arms or pain, you should be able to do light weights for all muscles below your neck. ...Read more

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I have a very painful left arm. tingling sensation, like I have pins inserted on my arm. can't even lift up my arm. I do not sleep on my left side.

I have a very painful left arm. tingling sensation, like I have pins inserted on my arm. can't even lift up my arm. I do not sleep on my left side.

Assessment: hi,your symptoms suggest possible nerve entrapment/impingement/cervical spine problems,Disc?
Imaging is required.A plain X-ray might not show the problem.Suggest you see neurologist. ...Read more

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Hello dr, one of my relative girl (age16) is can't able to lift, move, totally numb her leg and arm(one side) frm 3 days, Wat could be problem?

Hello dr, one of my relative girl (age16) is can't able to lift, move, totally numb her leg and arm(one side) frm 3 days, 
Wat could be problem?

See doctor NOW: The symptoms you have described are serious enough for you to take your relative to the emergency room of a hospital NOW. She needs to examined and undergo a series of tests to find out the reason. Please do not waste time. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes numbness/tingling/pain in arms/hands? Worse in am. Can last all day. Sometimes one sometimes both. Can't lift rt arm to side wo sev pain.

Nerve problems: You could possess peripheral nerve compression, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, but might have more proximal issue at elbow, shoulder or neck. You describe issues on lifting right arm, which raises question of pathology within shoulder area. See your doctor, a few tests should confirm location and etiology. Most of the above possibilities are easy to address. ...Read more

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Dr says strained rotator cuff. Can't move my rt arm up or to side cause it feels tight.Can lift it only using my lt hand as support. More than str rc?

Sounds like it.: Those symptoms sound like a more severe injury to the shoulder tissue. May need an MRI to evaluate. A thorough physical could yeild more info. ...Read more

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Doc says pulled muscles in neck. Can't move it more than an inch on either side hurts to lift arms meds only put me to sleep. What can I do?

Neck pain: Go see a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) who does Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) who can help. Go to www.aoa-net.org to find a DO in your area. ...Read more

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I have 6/10 pain in my upper RT quad spreading to my RT side and back Nauseous No appetite Rest with heat 3hrs not helping. Not sure relevant pain in the underside of my right arm hurts to lift it. Don't want to go to ER if not necessary?

I have 6/10 pain in my upper RT quad spreading to my RT side and back Nauseous No appetite Rest with heat 3hrs not helping. Not sure relevant pain in the underside of my right arm hurts to lift it. Don't want to go to ER if not necessary?

RUQ anatomy: Anatomically, the right upper quadrant (RUQ) of the abdomen includes: liver, gallbladder, pancreatic head, bile ducts and ampulla, c-loop of the duodenum, stomach antrum and pylorus, the hepatic flexure of the colon. Don't forget the diaphragm and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing RUQ pain. ER exam is appropriate. ...Read more

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Woke up hr ago, lft side of face tight/hard to move. Couldn't lift eyes. That went away bt now arm goes numb and I have increasingly painful headache?

Woke up hr ago, lft side of face tight/hard to move. Couldn't lift eyes. That went away bt now arm goes numb and I have increasingly painful headache?

Go to ER: Go to the emergency room immediately. This may turn out to be from a bad complicated migraine headache, but you must go to rule out brain aneurysm, stroke, or transient ischemic attack. There are other neurological conditions that must be considered as well. For now, you must go rule out life threatening conditions. ...Read more

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Fell downstairs on my left hand side+now i cant lift my arm, wash my hair or put bra on, my shoulder doesn't hert, just upper arm front+under muscles ?

Fell downstairs on my left hand side+now i cant lift my arm, wash my hair or put bra on, my shoulder doesn't hert, just upper arm front+under muscles ?

Get in: If you are unable to move/lift your arm, you need to get in to be seen. You may have torn your rotator cuff or injured something else in the fall. Please get in for evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a bad pain on the right side of my ribs/back area, nearthe breast. It is very tender and i can barely touch it. It hurtsto lift my arm. I also have pain in my waist which goes to myback. It hurts to walk. I haven't been drinking much water.Could it

See your doctor...: The location of the pain you are describing sounds like it is unlikely to be kidney pain. It is possible that it is muscle or nerve pain. Often we are unaware of how many muscles we use even for simple activities like walking until we are experiencing pain in them. That being said, given the level of pain you are describing, it is probably best to see your doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain when i lift my arms up to the side. What could this be?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. The two most common would be a rotator cuff problem or shoulder instability. The rotator cuff muscles raise your arm away from your body and when they are injured raising your arm can be painful. Some people will have an unstable shoulder that can shift out of place if the arm is brought away from the body. A good exam can tell the cause. Thank you. ...Read more