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Does arthritis cause a radiating pain up your arm?

Does arthritis cause a radiating pain up your arm?

Evaluate Neck: If you are not improving have your doctor order a cervical spine mri. Many times a herniated disc in the neck can cause arm pain especially if you have not improved with the medications and physical therapy. If it is a herniated disc you may need evaluation from a spine specialist to determine what other options might be needed (injections, surgery, etc) to help reduce pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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All blood work normal. Neck cracks when I turn my head, pain radiates to my arms, wrists, and hands. Arthritis? Shingles?

All blood work normal.  Neck cracks when I turn my head, pain radiates to my arms, wrists, and hands.  Arthritis? Shingles?

Stenosis: One of the more common causes of what you are describing is cervical stenosis secondary to facet arthropathy. There are other potential causes as well. Don't hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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What disc would be involved when I have burning pain in the neck with radiating pain in the arms? The burning pain in my neck causes numbness also?

What disc would be involved when I have burning pain in the neck with radiating pain in the arms?  The burning pain in my neck causes numbness also?

1 or Several: Burning pain in neck/arms may or may not involve disk(s). At Google image "neck vertebrae" and "brachial plexus". The plexus is complicated: nerve roots and trucks combine, separate then form separate nerves that supply strength and sensation to your arms and neck (and shoulders and upper back/chest). Only way to know if disk is involved starts w/doctor's exam ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area?.

I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area?.

Dermatome: The c5, c6 and t1 share same motor and sensory dermatome that is responsible for upper extremities hence can have pain in upper extremities and uppermostchest and back. ...Read more

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Sharp radiating pain next to armpit from top breast to shoulder. Both sides. Very swollen breasts very tender abd swell fatigue not pregnant. Cause?

Sharp radiating pain next to armpit from top breast to shoulder. Both sides. Very swollen breasts very tender abd swell fatigue not pregnant. Cause?

Be seen: If such symptoms are not from pregnancy, you should get a good history and exam as many causes exist. Obviously new exercise can cause pain in that area. But fatigue and swollen breasts make me consider something with your endocrine/hormone system, or something causing swelling throughout your body like thyroid disease, or liver problems. Medications can do that too. ...Read more

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What could be causing radiating pain in upper left arm? Started for no reason after I woke up today.

What could be causing radiating pain in upper left arm? Started for no reason after I woke up today.

Heart ?: We worry a great deal about "radiating pain" in the left upper arm. This can suggest heart attack.Seek care asap. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you get a random radiating pain in your right arm?

Radiating arm pain: from the neck down means neck problem. From the wrist up the arm usually means distal entrapment form Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There is also thoracic outlet syndrome, anterior interossius syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and a few others. Geography matters. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Get a thorough exam and if need be an nerve conduction-EMG test to localize the problem. ...Read more

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I have radiating pain in my right arm which usually comes and go on its own for the past 6 months. What could be the problem?

I have radiating pain in my right arm which usually comes and go on its own for the past 6 months. What could be the problem?

Pinched nerve: The most common condition to cause pain that radiates down the arm is radiculopathy, or a pinched nerve in the neck. Other conditions that affect the brachial plexus nerves (in the shoulder) or even carpal tunnel syndrome could also cause arm pain. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more