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Ongoing funny bone tingling in left arm. Also chest pain (discomfort)on left side that radiates to center. Went to ER and heart and blood normal?

Ongoing funny bone tingling in left arm. Also chest pain (discomfort)on left side that radiates to center. Went to ER and heart and blood normal?

Arm and chest: One possibility is nerve root compression in your neck. This can cause paresthesia ("tingling") and pain in a dermatomal distribution down the neck, shoulder, arm, and chest. A herniated disk or even traction on the root from over-stretch or injury could do it. Heart pain is statistically very low probability in pre-menopausal women. ...Read more

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What to do if I have sharp pain around my arm pit left side of my brest bone after open heart surgery. Please help.?

What to do if I have sharp pain around my arm pit left side of my brest bone after open heart surgery. Please help.?

Not from heart: If you had a coronary bypass then the sharp pains to the left of the sternum may be due to the harvesting of the Internal mammary artery which requires cutting the pleura on either side of it. The pleura is highly innervated and cutting the sensory nerves produces a numbness over the left chest for many patients and then "pleuritic " pain as the nerves grow back. See your Surgeon if worried though ...Read more

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I get brief pains 3 inches down my collar bone on the left side. Also on the side of my arm. Brought on randomly. Muscles/skeleton or heart?

Likely musculoskelal: Short and sharp and random: these features all suggest musculoskeletal origins. Cardiac pain usually is described as heavy dull or burning; lasts typically minutes not seconds; and is brought on by physical activity. ...Read more

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Chest pain left side near heart felt when I laugh move sometimes lay on that side pain felt in arm and back bone on left side. Sharp pain?

Musculoskeletal: Anything that hurts worse with movement is usually in the muscles or joints. This could be a rib strain or costochondritis. Either way, an anti-inflammatory (advil (ibuprofen) or aleve) may help. ...Read more

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Chest pain, swollen or maybe moved bone near collar bone in the side of the heart. Swollen lymph node in neck and arm.

Chest pain, swollen or maybe moved bone near collar bone in the side of the heart. Swollen lymph node in neck and arm.

Chest pain: Your history is concerning. Go get checked out, at your age I worry about a chest mass, make sure there are no enlarged lymph nodes in your chest, especially if accompanied by any fever or weight loss. ...Read more

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I have pain in my left arm between my elbow and shoulder. Been to heart dr. About a month ago everything was good. What could the pain be?

I have pain in my left arm between my elbow and shoulder. Been to heart dr. About a month ago everything was good. What could the pain be?

Musculoskeletal.: L arm pain between shoulder and elbow is most often due to the muscles and bones and nerves located between the shoulder and elbow. See your regular doctor if this is progressing or troublesome. ...Read more

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When I get a pain in my elbow I always think itsa heart attack?

Non card chest pain: Heart-originated pain is typically in the center of the chest and sometimes can radiate (travel) from there to the arms or jaws, and many times it is the L arm that it radiates to. It would be extremely unlikely for somebody your age to have a heart attack and even less likely to present with elbow pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My left for arm hurts from elbow down worried about heart attack should I be?

My left for arm hurts from elbow down worried about heart attack should I be?

Prob not: You wrote your question like Yoda which let me start with a Yoda quote that could be appropriate: "In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights the way". Heart attacks can have a lot of symptoms, including L arm discomfort. But in isolation it seems unlikely. Associated with chest/jaw discomfort, nausea, sweating? If so consider an ER visit. Otherwise call your provider. ...Read more

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Pain in right elbow to wrist and headache in neck. What can cause this? Could it be heart related?

Pain in right elbow to wrist and headache in neck. What can cause this? Could it be heart related?

Nerve irritation: Not likely heart-related. More likely either a pinched nerve as from a disc herniation or another musculoskeletal source such as dysfunctional vertebra in neck or upper back or even a rib malfunction. All can cause similar symptoms, but many may be relieved, sometimes immediately, by osteopathic manipulation. Only a good history & phys, incl hands-on osteopathic exam will be able to tell you for sure. ...Read more

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I have some discomfort on my left side of my chest close to the elbow. Is it a sign or a symptom of heart attack? I am maybe 30 lbs overweight.

I have some discomfort on my left side of my chest close to the elbow. Is it a sign or a symptom of heart attack? I am maybe 30 lbs overweight.

It might be: Pain from angina (reversible ischemia) or a heart attack (irreversible ischemia) can present in different ways in different people. It is usually felt in the midline of the chest or back, but can also be felt in the left jaw, both jaws or the left arm but not typically on the left lateral chest. Pain or pressure in the chest that is brought on by activity should be checked out. ...Read more

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7 yrs ago my 57 yr old hubby had a heart attack & got stints sometime at nite his l arm from elbow down has a jumping or spasm feeling the other d?

7 yrs ago my 57 yr old hubby had a heart attack & got stints sometime at nite his l arm from elbow down has a jumping or spasm feeling the other d?

Must be fullychecked: In a person with a history of coronary disease treated with stents any chest discomfort or l arm discomfort must be taken seriously and evaluated regarding a cardiac cause. While there are many non- cardiac reasons for his l arm to be jumping or having a spasm, none are as potentially serious as the possibility of it relating to new coronary blockages. He must see his md and be evaluated fully. ...Read more

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I have pain in back behind heart and also paining upper side of elbow why it's happening I m still young thanks?

I have pain in back behind heart and also paining upper side of elbow why it's happening I m still young thanks?

Unclear but: Not related. The cause of pain behind the heart is not clear. It is not clear where you mean except in the back. Along the spine? It is unlikely to be GI but may be skeletal. Also the area along the elbow would be all muscular. I would doubt this is related in any way to the heart. See the local practitioner and see what the doc says. ...Read more

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I had a heart cath on 1/28/15. Now my arm aches from my had to my elbow they went through my wrist is this normal?

I had a heart cath on 1/28/15. Now my arm aches from my had to my elbow they went through my wrist is this normal?

Radial artery pain: On occasion the radial artery is injured causing forearm discomfort., Typically this responds to simple over the counter analgesics, initially ice packs for 48 hours then warm pads along with elevation. If severe or persistent beyond one week and then please see the treating physician for reevaluation ...Read more

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Stabbingpain in left shoulder blade that shoots down back of arm til bout right after elbow something like pinch on heart back pain. History?

Maybe neck: Could be cervical disc issue, but might involve brachial plexus. With left arm, best to check out by ekg, but less likely to be cardiac referred pain at your age. ...Read more

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Been having pain for months on and off in left arm. EKG good. Now its my right arm. Near elbow and up. On and off achy pain. Heart? Or nerve?

See below: You are young and your EMG was normal so likely not your heart. You may be experiencing a pinched nerve in your neck. Do you have neck pain as well? See your physician for further workup ...Read more

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I have a pace maker put in to regular my heart beat and I have some swollen and pain in my left arm above my elbow should I be concerned about it?

I have a pace maker put in to regular my heart beat and I have some swollen and pain in my left arm above my elbow should I be concerned about it?

Pace maker: Yes, this might be a concern.
there might be a subtle underlying infection secondary to the pacemaker, depending how long it has been in ; or viral infection or possibly a reaction by the body to a foreign body (pacemaker)
To be on the safe side, I would check with the cardiologist today, especially if you have new palpitations, chest pain or dizziness
it is too much of coincidence to ignore ...Read more

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37 years old and I am having a burning pinching feeling in me chest in the heart area and a pain on left arm in the region of elbow and wrist should I?

37 years old and I am having a burning pinching feeling in me chest in the heart area and a pain on left arm in the region of elbow and wrist should I?

Go to ER.: You may be having a heart attack and thus it is only prudent for you to get checked out ASAP. In the future, you will likely get a better answer by providing your age and more details about your health (age, weight, diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure) etc. ...Read more

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Can arthritis in my back cause pain in my arms because I have been feeling pain elbow down on my left arm heart tests all ok?

Can arthritis in my back cause pain in my arms because I have been feeling pain elbow down on my left arm heart tests all ok?

Arm radiculopathy: Lower back arthritis cannot cause arm pain directly, but the spine is like a chain, and lower back arthritis is other not alone... The neck is probably affected too. That can, indeed, cause some arm numbness and tingling, even sometimes weakness due to nerve compression. Other possibility is 'cubical tunnel syndrome', or nerve compression at the elbow, giving arm and hand pain/tingling. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have shooting pain in left elbow. Terrible random pain. Also shooting pain and dull ache in left shoulder blade? Worried about heart.

See answer: At your age, a myocardial infarction would be unlikely. I see you have anxiety and panic attacks, that would be the more likely cause of your pains. However, if you are concerned, you should see a doctor for full evaluation. ...Read more

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Terrible shooting pains in my left arm/shoulder blade/elbow for months. Now its in my right arm, too. Sometimes a deep ache. Heart? Nerve?

Terrible shooting pains in my left arm/shoulder blade/elbow for months. Now its in my right arm, too. Sometimes a deep ache. Heart? Nerve?

Nerve: Most likely a "pinched nerve" in the neck. I would not hesitate to be seen for a detailed exam and appropriate studies to establish the diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Lately my left arm elbow been twitching I thibk its a vain I am 32 male 57 145 pounds this a sign of a heart attack or a stroke coming soon?

Lately my left arm elbow been twitching I thibk its a vain I am 32 male 57 145 pounds this a sign of a heart attack or a stroke coming soon?

Not a heart symptom: What you describe is not a symptom of a heart attack or stroke, but sounds like an irritable nerve or muscle. Veins Don't twitch. Have your physician examine you and refer you to an appropriate specialist if he/she deems it advisable. ...Read more