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I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

I have left shoulder pain that is down to shoulder blade & is now causing arm pain everyday. What can I do or what could cause this?

Pinched nerve?: There are many things that can present this way. Part of the differential is a cervical radiculopathy or radiculitis (this is when nerves in your neck become pinched or irritated). If your symptoms persist or worsen (such as weakness), seek medical attention. Commonly (if this is what you do have.), a trial of physical therapy is very successful, but occasionally, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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Throbbing shoulder pain that goes down threw my arm. One day its my left shoulder an the next it will be my right one its been going on for about 2wk?

Throbbing shoulder pain that goes down threw my arm. One day its my left shoulder an the next it will be my right one its been going on for about 2wk?

Anything: It could be anything from the way you sleep to the way you use your arms every day,
exercise and concentrate on the shoulder muscles.
apply heat.
take ibuprofen.
no better, see your local doctor. ...Read more

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Could a nerve problem be causing such symptoms? Such as left shoulder pain when breathing deeply and lying down, left arm tingling at all times.

Could a nerve problem be causing such symptoms? Such as left shoulder pain when breathing deeply and lying down, left arm tingling at all times.

Yes: As tingling in arm is constant, and worsens with change of position, my best guess would be nerve compression within the shoulder. Breathing deeply is like the positional change, it puts further pressure of the nerve as the lungs fill with air and compress anatomy upwards into the nerve compression site. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Not clear: Typically if pain is related to movement it is muscle related. You need to also consider pneumonia or in your age range to consider, though unlikely, a blood clot especially if you are on birth control. Heart disease or inflammatory diseases are something to consider although less likely. See your doctor for a full exam and history. ...Read more

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I have had left shoulder pain that radiates down my arm for over 5 weeks now. I went to the orthopedist and was told I have cervical radiculpathy. I?

I have had left shoulder pain that radiates down my arm for over 5 weeks now. I went to the orthopedist and was told I have cervical radiculpathy. I?

Possibly: A cervical radiculopathy suggests you have an irritation of a nerve in your neck, which would certainly go along with your symptoms. An MRI can show if there is any impingement if the nerve that correlates with your symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain for 3 weeks now, the pain hasn't went down with ice or pain meds, hurts when I move my arm up or away. Rotator cuff tear/tendonitis?

Left shoulder pain for 3 weeks now, the pain hasn't went down with ice or pain meds, hurts when I move my arm up or away. Rotator cuff tear/tendonitis?

Tendonitis: 30's female w. anterior shoulder pain at abduction, absent mechanical injury, likely has tendonitis of biceps tendon. Heat, rest & topical Cannabis salve + heating pad might help. If problem persists over next 10 days, visit an Osteopath or Physiatrist for evaluation & possible cortisone injection, which will likely resolve symptoms forever or at least several months. Consider repetitive stress. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain that radiates down arm into hand, accompanied by pain from hip (L) down my leg. Only happens when laying down. Cause for concern?

Left shoulder pain that radiates down arm into hand, accompanied by pain from hip (L) down my leg. Only happens when laying down. Cause for concern?

Nerve pressure: It appears from the radiating pain that you have nerve compression. This happens when a nerve is squeezed between two other structures.
You need to get examined by a physician, Neurologist, who can find the compression sites before the pain becomes longer lasting and possible permanent. ...Read more

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Having left shoulder pain goes down my arm to my thumb and left side collar bone hurts and headaches?

Please see your doct: Please see your doctor--keep log of your symptoms and what you do to improve symptoms--this will be helpful to your physician--
any history of trauma?
Any visual symptoms? ...Read more

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Should I go to ER 56 yr old female bp left arm 130/90 74 pulse bp right arm 159/93 achy non sharp pain top center chest, left shoulder pain radiating from neck area, weakness in left arm

Should I go to ER 56 yr old female bp left arm 130/90 74 pulse bp right arm 159/93 achy non sharp pain top center chest, left shoulder pain radiating from neck area, weakness in left arm

Yes: Er eval is a good idea. You have chest pain and left arm symptoms radiating from the neck, these could represent angina, which means an impaired blood supply to the heart muscle from the coronary arteries. There are certainly other causes of chest and arm pain, but your combination of symptoms sounds concerning. It's better to be sure, go to the er. ...Read more

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Sever left shoulder pain extends to upper arm.

Sever left shoulder pain extends to upper arm.

Shoulder pain: Any chest pressure like an elephant sitting on your chest? If so, you better call 911 and go to the ER for possible heart attack! ...Read more

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Severe left shoulder pain by corner socket cannot lift shoulder/arm all the way up what could be possible cause?

Severe left shoulder pain by corner socket cannot lift shoulder/arm all the way up what could be possible cause?

Rotator cuff: If recent onset, a rotator cuff injury is a possibly. If a longstanding problem, arthritis is a common cause of decreased shoulder motion. Have it checked out by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I've had left shoulder pain for about 6 weeks. No injury. I cannot raise my arm straight up in the air and I cannot extend it back to undo my bra.?

I've had left shoulder pain for about 6 weeks. No injury. I cannot raise my arm straight up in the air and I cannot extend it back to undo my bra.?

Muscle/tendon injury: Without a history of a specific injury, your pain could be coming from the fact that you strained the muscles (deltoid or rotator cuff) around the shoulder or sprained the ligaments and joint that join the end of your collar bone (clavicle) to the shoulder blade (acromion portion of the scapula). You should seek a thorough orthopaedic surgeon evaluation if the pain persists past a week. ...Read more

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Hi I have left shoulder pain when I move my arm the pain tricep and shoulder?

Hi I have left shoulder pain when I move my arm the pain tricep and shoulder?

Muscular?: If you haven't had a fall or acute injury, I'd think
that it is muscular etiology.
I'd curtail any strenuous activities and use ice and nsaid
med.
If symptoms persist I'd see your ortho for further eval. ...Read more

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What would cause left shoulder pain/arm for almost a year now. Mri showed fluid build up and inflammation. Hurts to lift arm?

Bursitus: Sounds like an inflammatory process. You can try a steroid injection into the joint. Rest and ice may help. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain. You don't describe radicular symptoms that would suggest a neurologic etiology. Initial treatment after an H&P and imaging usually starts with NSAIDs and maybe a muscle relaxer and also some therapy exercises to see if your symptoms will get better ...Read more

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Fell in shower two months ago only hurt wrist. Now left shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness in arm, can't lay on it, pain 8/10, hurts to move it.?????

Fell in shower two months ago only hurt wrist. Now left shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness in arm, can't lay on it, pain 8/10, hurts to move it.?????

Soft tissue: Fall onto upper extremity begot acute wrist pain & delayed shoulder pain; suggesting that shoulder disorder is a sympathetic response to primary wrist injury & splinting. Shoulder muscle spasm is likely, followed by tendonitis. In that there was not an instant shoulder injury nor pain, ligament injury is unlikely. Heat, rest, acupuncture, topical Cannabis lotion, & massage are considerations. ...Read more