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My shoulder hurts when I hold my arm in down ward position. Or when I lay down.?

My shoulder hurts when I hold my arm in down ward position. Or when I lay down.?

Needs evaluation: Needs evaluation, including complete history of this, any injuries, physical exam with range of motion before any diagnosis is made; could be due to shoulder, neck, collarbone, etc. ...Read more

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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Left shoulder hurts and the pain goes down the arm but when I lay down it does not hurt it hurts the worst when I get up in the morning also I get headaches and I never had headaches in my life. If you?

Left shoulder hurts and the pain goes down the arm but when I lay down it does not hurt it hurts the worst when I get up in the morning also I get headaches and I never had headaches in my life. If you?

Seek evaluation: As you describe your symptoms, you're problem could be in your neck or shoulder. A thorough evaluation by physician expert in evaluating musculoskeletal problems is advised. This should include a physical examination and radiograph studies (X-rays ands MRIs). Treatment should follow after your evaluation. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts all the time, but it is more severe when I'm sitting or laying down. Elevation does not help. Pain goes into the neck & arm.

My shoulder hurts all the time, but it is more severe when I'm sitting or laying down. Elevation does not help. Pain goes into the neck & arm.

??: Could be several things neck problems or shoulder joint itself can present this way
if it is concerning you enough then go get it checked out by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Shoulder hurts at the socket area. Feels heavy/pain radiates outward. Sometimes down my arm. I'm 25 healthy female. Carry heavy things sometimes.

Shoulder hurts at the socket area. Feels heavy/pain radiates outward. Sometimes down my arm. I'm 25 healthy female. Carry heavy things sometimes.

Hard to say w/o exam: It's hard to say what is going on without doing an exam, so you should see your doctor in the clinic. I doubt that this is an emergency, as you are able to move your arms and there is no swelling in your hands, numbness, or loss of sensation. You could have arthritis, or a musculoskeletal injury (rotator cuff muscle / tendon strain) from heavy lifting. Brachial plexus nerve injury is less likely. ...Read more

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What's wrong with my shoulder? My shoulder hurts when I lean forward & am using muscles to hold my arm in place instead of hanging forward, and also when I move my arm straight back. The pain is on the top & front, right in front of the end of my clavicl

What's wrong with my shoulder? My shoulder hurts when I lean forward & am using muscles to hold my arm in place instead of hanging forward, and also when I move my arm straight back. The pain is on the top & front, right in front of the end of my clavicl

It: It sounds like it may be a bursitis, which is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac around the shoulder (there are bursa on other joints also). This can get inflammed for no reason. It sounds less likely to be rotator cuff issues since you can move your arm in most directions. It is important to be evaluated for this as bursitis can lead to a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). Please be sure you do gentle range of motion activities with your shoulder. Bend over and move your arm in little circles, or climb your fingers up the wall. You can take advil (ibuprofen) if you can tolerate it and don't have any reason that you can't take it (pregnancy, ulcer, etc). Please be evaluated by your doctor for your symptoms.

If you have increased pain, any redness or swelling of the joint, fever, or pain in the chest, then please be seen immediately as an emergency. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my shoulder hurts and I have shooting pain down through my arm to my hands this bursitis?

See details: You should see an orthopedist or rheumatologist and have the issue evaluated. There is evidence from your symptoms that there is an element of nerve compression. ...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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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

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Severe shoulder pain when my arms hang down, ie walking. If I hold my hand up, like in a sling, I'm fine.

Shoulder pain: The sling is fine, but you must see your Doctor to make sure there is no major issue.
Most likely you will be referred to joint specialist.

Hope all goes well - please let me know! ...Read more

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R shoulder pain, can't lift arm completly, upper spine really hurt=stabbing pain, sometimes, my arms gets numb. Cant stay in the same position. Help?

Neurologic source: You should see your physician. Several different conditions can present with these symptoms, from cardiac to orthopedic to neurologic. ...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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Woke from a sound sleep with sharp pain in left shoulder, hurts to move it, cant get comfortable, some nausea, pain goes down arm, 52 yr asthma female?

L shoulder: Without a history of trauma to your shoulder and with the associated nausea, and pain radiating down your arm this could be a sign of chest pain and could indicate there is something serious going on other than pain in the shoulder. Go to the ER immediately and get checked out. If you are not allergic to aspirin it would be a good idea to take a 325 mg tab on route to ER. ...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 the ER for my right shoulder pain hurts to move arm and not move arm then sends pain down arm to hand and makes it numb and tingly?

See a Dr asap: This sounds like a nerve problem, may be chronic neck problem or a recent onset - depends of more history... Either way get an appointment with a spine / orthopedics specialists. ...Read more

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I get severe shoulder pain that is felt all the way down my arm when I bring my arm?

See below: The possibilities are likely a primary problem with the shoulder itself or perhaps a radiating pain from the neck which can be caused by discs, pinched nerves or arthritis in the joints of the neck. If it generally is worse when you raise your arm, it is probably the shoulder, but only a good physical examination by a musculoskeletal doctor (orthopedist or physiatrist) should answer the question. ...Read more

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What is wrong when you have shoulder pain that feels like an electrical charge running down your arm?

What is wrong when you have shoulder pain that feels like an electrical charge running down your arm?

Nerve problem: Sounds like you have a pinched or compressed nerve. See an orthopedist or neurologist. Often times the longer youy wait to be treated, the worse the condition can get. ...Read more

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What to do if my shoulder hurts and I have shooting paindown through my arm to my handis this bursitus?

See details: Bursitis is unlikely with pain radiating down the arm to the hands. This suggests pain due to nerve compression or irritation, often caused by arthritis in the neck. ...Read more

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I have severe shoulder pain and it hurts to move my arm 90degrees or more. It hurts to move across my body as well. One of my shoulder sits differently than the other shoulder. What should I do?

I have severe shoulder pain and it hurts to move my arm 90degrees or more. It hurts to move across my body as well. One of my shoulder sits differently than the other shoulder. What should I do?

Shoulder pain: Shoulder pain deserves a clinical evaluation especially in a 19 year old. The shoulder complex actually is 4 joints with integrated ligamentous and muscular attachments that coordinate movement and provide stability to the shoulder. Would have evaluated by a sports trained primary care doctor, physical medicine doctor or ortho surgeon from eval and recommendations. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my hurting? My shoulder hurts an if I move it a certain way my whole arm goes numb.

What is the cause of my hurting? My shoulder hurts an if I move it a certain way my whole arm goes numb.

Impingement: You could have shoulder impingement. An evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon is recommended. ...Read more

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Pain in my shoulder hurts to move the arm but can move I have taken motrin and applied bengay to the area?

Pain in my shoulder hurts to move the arm but can move I have taken motrin and applied bengay to the area?

See below: You don't say how long the pain has gone on. Rest and ice may be other good treatments. If the pain persists you should see your pcp. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts and I can't raise my arm without pain what can I do?

Exam/Imaging: Get it examined by a regular doctor or orthopedist for a rotator cuff tear or fracture. It could be a simple strain. If it is a tear it depends on the extent of damage to the tendon what the surgeon will recommend. ...Read more

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What does it mean when shoulder pain worsens when pulling the arm back from an outstretched position?

What does it mean when shoulder pain worsens when pulling the arm back from an outstretched position?

Varies: There are a number of potential causes. If it is around your shoulder blade, then it usually means it is coming from the retractors of your shoulder blade, such as the rhomboids. If it is the shoulder, a babel, biceps, or rotator cuff tear are possible. Don't hesitate to be seen for a more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain with shooting pain down arm?

Shoulder pain with shooting pain down arm?

Many possibilities: Pain from the shoulder down the arm my be caused by a variety of things. Starting at the neck, there may be a pinched nerve, or the joints in the neck may be irritated. The muscles around the neck and shoulder may develop trigger points or tendonopathy which cause radiating pain. The shoulder itself may develop impingement. A pm;r doc is best able to diagnose the source of your pain. ...Read more