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Can't Lift My Arm Up
Adhesive capsulitis?: While I agree in part with the first answer, other quite possible conditions include adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and subacromial bursitis. Also acromio-clavicular joint arthritis is possible. I always inject with corticosteroids first. If your motion and pain return to normal, great. If not, the more expensive options (MRI) would be considered. Finally, did the onset occur quickly? ...Read more
Can you tear your rotator cuff from slamming your shoulder into the wall? I did now I can't lift my arm up without pain
Perhaps: You may have bruised shoulder and pain prevents full motion. Rotator cuff injury should be suspected if pain or limited motion persists after bruise heals (2 weeks or so.) See your primary care for evaluation and referral if necessary. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Severe pain in my deltoid area, left arm. Ok when I don't move my arm but can't lift my arm up. Pain eases when in hot water. No physical exercise?
Er dr diag: strained rotator cuff. Can the rc be completely torn if I can't lift my arm up and don't really have much pain? Will see orthopedic dr.
Yes: Yes, the cuff can be torn. This leads to pain and weakness. Pain can be mild too. See ortho doc. ...Read more
I just had a rotator cuff strain injury from a fall. Can't lift my arm up. How long does it usually take to recover? When can I resume playing sports
Best for you to get:
Advise from someone who evaluates you, by examining/investigating you. He'll inform you of the diagnosis/treatment.
So see an orthopod.
It generally last for about 6 weeks, by then if its a partial tear/sprain, it should improve greatly. A few patients don't improve and may need MRI and probably benefit from the surgical repair.
Returning to sports would be once the rc has healed.
Good luck. ...Read more
4 days post op from breast implant surgery. Is it normal I can't even lift my right arm up w/out it killing. The pain isn't even near the incision?
See your surgeon: For acute onset pain, it is best to go and see the surgeon who performed the breast augmentation procedure for you. Muscle spasms can occur in patients who have sub muscular implants placed and this may cause pain when trying to move arm. If the approach was through the axilla, or patients develop a hematoma then additional pain can be present with associated arm movement in some patients. ...Read more
I have pain in my shoulder and it won't as bad at first now it's starting swells sometimes and I can't lift my arm all the way up wats wromg?
Why can't I lift my bent left arm up any higher than my shoulder without pain beginning intensely within my upper arm?
Joint and/or nerves: Severe pain triggered by arm elevation suggests a joint problem. Rotator cuff injury can do this. However, the brachial plexus is a collection of nerves under the clavicle that can cause severe shooting pains into the upper arm. Inflammation of the plexis can produce symptoms as you describe. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more
I had 4 needles today 2 in each arm and in my right arm my armpit really hurts and I can't lift up my arm?
Every once in a while out of no where, my clavicle feels like its been disconnected from my shoulder and I can't lift my arm. What is this and why?
Shoulder injury: There are several possible causes of your shoulder problem. It can be a rotator cuff problem, or if you are under 20, then it can be some instabiility of your shoulder. If you fell directly on your shoulder, it can be a shoulder separation. You should see an orthopedist if the problem continues. ...Read more
Left upper back is really tight and swollen can't lift my arm or even reach grab it feels like balls. What to take right now?
I had total shoulder replacement surgery 4 mos ago but still can't lift my arm to shoulder level, should I be worried?
Probably not: Without complications it usually takes 6 mos-1yr to obtain the maximum benefits from shoulder replacement including range of motion and strength. ...Read more
I work as a ski instructor, and lately my shoulder has been in pain, sending spasm of pain to my spine. I can't lift my arm without pain. Help?
Go to the doctor: You have pain and cannot lift your arm. Go see your doctor today! ...Read more
Feel down the stairs went to ER they said it was just bumps and bruises. But I can't lift my arm or reach for things and my shoulder pops when moved.
Got the flu shot 3 weeks ago. Still have severe arm and shldr pain, numbness down to my fingertips and I can't lift my arm over my head. What can I do?
More infornation: Need more information Why did you have an injection and where? What was going on. Need more information and better history to help you ...Read more
Having pain from my shoulder down about 6 inches or so and I can barely lift my arm sometimes sometims it hurts so bad and sometimes it feels fine...But sometimes I can't even lift my son....Is this something I should get checked out?
It: It sounds like your pain is impacting your life. If this has been going on for some time, it warrants a medical evaluation. ...Read more
Did you had injury: To fracture or dislocate your arms, if you did that could be the reason, if not there are many other reasons for not being able to lift your arms. ...Read more
I have a pace maker but in last Wed and my nack and left arm feels stiff is that normal I can't lift my left arm for a month dr said?
I just got back to the gym after ao few months out. For the first 2 weeks I couldn't stretch my arms, and now find it difficult to lift 5kg. Please.?
Exam: Please seek medical attention, examination and treatment for these issues. ...Read more
I have pain in my outer wrist that shots up my arm. I can't lift anything heavy. What could this be. It hurt a lot but I can't afford any more time.?
Pain: How did your pain occur? Did you have an accident? How long ago did it occur? Have you seen anyone? Talk to your doc. ...Read more
I'm 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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