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Left back and left hand pain, heart attack or carpal tunnel?

Left back and left hand pain, heart attack or carpal tunnel?

Needs evaluation: Symptoms of left sided pain and numbness in the arm can often be confused with a heart attack. However, it is critical that any symptoms of left arm pain associated with any cardiac issues such as chest pain or shortness of breath have an evaluation to rule out a heart attack.

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Does left hand pain mean heart attack?

Heart attack: Left hand pain means left hand pain. Sometimes heart attack has left arm and pain associated with it. Left hand pain could be due to arthrits, trauma, infection and a myriad of non heart attack things..........

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How long does left hand pain occurs for heart attack? And what wil be the time gap between them?

Referred: Pain to the upper arm occurs during episodes of ischemia, of course you want to seek medical attention right away, and exclude other causes of hand pain.

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My left shoulder down to my left elbow down to my left hand hurts and tingles. Could I be getting ready to have a heart attack?

My left shoulder down to my left elbow down to my left hand hurts and tingles. Could I be getting ready to have a heart attack?

Unlikely: Heart attacks (the arteries to the heart) are not a consideration for your age and sex, unless you have other severe medical conditions. It is most likely myofascial referred pain when the tingling follows a classic path from a large muscle in the shoulder to the same arm. Massaging the muscle where it is coming from will help, posture issues or overuse problems are usually the source.

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My left arm is falling sleep and my left hand hurt for the pass three days and also have chills. Are those symptoms of a heart attack? I am 35

Unlikely: Left arm falling asleep is more likely related to peripheral nerve issues of the arm or shoulder. Symptoms worrisome for acute heart issues are chest pain extending to the left arm. Chills are very nonspecific and can be associated with many disorders including flu, infection and other systemic maladies.

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Is it possible to have a heart attack/stroke due to stress from extreme chronic bilateral hand pain?

Is it possible to have a heart attack/stroke due to stress from extreme chronic bilateral hand pain?

Possible: Not very likely unless there are other risk factors smoking obesity high lipids hypertension stress of any sort can be an issue and pain is a stressor.

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Is weird numbness and tingling on the left side of your left hand a symptom of impending heart attack?

Is weird numbness and tingling on the left side of your left hand a symptom of impending heart attack?

Probably not: Arm pain that radiates (travels to) the hand and particularly the fingers is usually not heart related, but more likely to be a pinched nerve in the neck. The is referred to as as cervical neuropahy, if it comes from the spine, or brachial neuropathy, if it comes from lower down. I've seem this happen if someone leans heavily on crutches they have been using for a sprained knee.

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My left hand feels hard and numb. Also palm is sweaty, why? Is this related to a heart attack?

My left hand feels hard and numb. Also palm is sweaty, why? Is this related to a heart attack?

See a dr asap: This could be- although probably not. Still seek medical attention asap to make certain it is not a heart attack. From there, if it is not, they will work up your hand.

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I have sharp shooting pain in my left hand and middle finger does that mean signs of a heart attack? I'm 28 years old and a female.

I have sharp shooting pain in my left hand and middle finger does that mean signs of a heart attack? I'm 28 years old and a female.

No: The typical pain from a heart attack is shoulder to arm. The pain you describe is more neurological. Still be safe and check it out. Rare things always happen.

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I male 24. Feeling my left hand numb as blood running through my hand. A little chest pain and headache. Is this symptom of heart attack, hbp or else?

I male 24. Feeling my left hand numb as blood running through my hand. A little chest pain and headache. Is this symptom of heart attack, hbp or else?

Doubtful: I doubt that your symptom is related to hbp or to heart attack. Headache and "little chest pain" most likely related to worry and anxiety. Best to have a chat with your doctor to alleviate your fears.

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Fls heart tightness uneasyness sudden pain for a second in left side of chest both back nd front left hand pain sometymes. Ecg CBC chest xray al normal?

Fls heart tightness uneasyness sudden pain for a second in left side of chest both back nd front left hand pain sometymes. Ecg CBC chest xray al normal?

Please clarify/check: This could be heart disease, but it could be from stress also. You might have a pneumothorax as you are young, but this usually occurs in thin individuals. Your weight puts you at increased risk for heart disease, but you are young and your tests were negative. So it would be wise to see your doctor for a full work-up including what situations this occurs in and if you're under stress.

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My left arm & hand have been tingling for months. No idea why. I'm 25. No heart attack. Could I be sleeping on it strangely?

My left arm & hand have been tingling for months. No idea why. I'm 25. No heart attack. Could I be sleeping on it strangely?

Yes, position impt: Assuming it is intermittent and is most nticable in the am upon arising, sleep position is a real possibility. Suggest using pillows to force you to sleep with er on the back or oppositie side. Play detective related to possible causes which are mechanical. Truck drivers get it with the left arm propped on a ledge or arm rest as an example. If it persists and exam would be reasonable.

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What can cause left arm pain from shoulder down to hand? Not sharp pain. More like an achy pain? 29f. Healthy. Worried about stroke or heart attack

What can cause left arm pain from shoulder down to hand? Not sharp pain. More like an achy pain? 29f. Healthy. Worried about stroke or heart attack

Nerve pain likely: Many things -- most likely compression of a nerve in your thoracic outlet or neck. Unlikely to be heart disease in a healthy person of 29. Definitely not a stroke. More likely thoracic outlet syndrome, or cervical nerve compression, or compression of your nerve by some other mechanism like a tumor -- see a doctor.

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Is intermittent tingling on two fingers and a pressure feeling on the tip of thumb on my left hand a sign of impending stroke or heart attack?

Is intermittent tingling on two fingers and a pressure feeling on the tip of thumb on my left hand a sign of impending stroke or heart attack?

Tingling: This is more than likely due to something in your neck irritating a sensory part of the nerve usually c6 or c7. If you are concerned about it you should see your family doctor. Signs of a stroke are usually more pronounced ie, facial weakness, arm weakness, speech disturbance, visual changes..

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I've been experiencing severe panic attacks right before going to bed. I feel as if I can't breath, like I'm having a heart attack and will die. I also have physical symptoms such as a bad pain in my left arm and back, tingling in my hand and sweating.

I've been experiencing severe panic attacks right before going to bed. I feel as if I can't breath, like I'm having a heart attack and will die. I also have physical symptoms such as a bad pain in my left arm and back, tingling in my hand and sweating.

Be careful: Be certain that the cause is truly a panic attack: this a "diagnosis of exclusion." first you need to be checked carefully for other, more ominous causes. See your family doc if you haven't already. If it's deemed to be panic, consider relaxation techniques like transcendental meditation, yoga, self hypnosis with or without assistance from a tranquilizer (under the direction of your doc).

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Tight chest, heart pound so fast, left arm feels tingling, dizzy, cold hand and feet, sweating, suddenly stiff at neck & shoulder. Heart attack or anxiety?

Tight chest, heart pound so fast, left arm feels tingling, dizzy, cold hand and feet, sweating, suddenly stiff at neck & shoulder. Heart attack or anxiety?

Uncertain: You are a 30 year old female - don't know if you have any risk factors for a heart attack. However, if you have never had a medical workup and had medical causes ruled out than having it assessed is prudent. It may be a panic attack but we can't diagnose it.

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more