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I have right shoulder pain and my right thumb is numb. The shoulder pain is not always constant but sometimes my arm feels like it is burning. ?

I have right shoulder pain and my right thumb is numb.  The shoulder pain is not always constant but sometimes my arm feels like it is burning.  ?

See a doctor: Thanks for messaging. Your description points to two nerves, C5 and C6. Your doctor will think about common conditions, but also thoracic outlet syndrome and other conditions that can affect the upper brachial plexus. An in-person examination will determine what tests you might need so you can get the right treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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Thumb, wrist and shoulder pain- could this be thoracic outlet syndrome as there is numbness in hands as well.

Thumb, wrist and shoulder pain- could this be thoracic outlet syndrome as there is numbness in hands as well.

See below: Agree with need to get this evaluated, and from your description, you most likely have nerve compression at wrists, c/w carpal tunnel syndrome. Tos is less likely, and doubt origin within neck, but get this all checked out. ...Read more

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Right shoulder pain & numbness of thumb and forearm, sporadic pain in mid back and neck. Constant chest pain diagnosed not heart lung or GI related?

Right shoulder pain & numbness of thumb and forearm, sporadic pain in mid back and neck.  Constant chest pain diagnosed not heart lung or GI  related?

Disc herniation: Your symptoms could be related to a cervical or thoracic disk herniation. The chest pain could also be musculoskeletal (from your chest wall) like costochondritis. It's important to make sure your symptoms are not from other internal organs as you indicated. Discuss other possible musculoskeletal causes of your symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes right shoulder pain and hand numbness?

Possiible the neck: Numbness is usually a neurologic complaint. There may be a number of possible causes of shoulder pain and hand numbness. One possible cause is a "pinched nerve" in the neck. Consider seeing a dictor for an exam and appropriate studies. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What is causing right shoulder pain and hand numbness?

What is causing right shoulder pain and hand numbness?

Cervical disc : Many things can cause this but in combination one cause is a cervical disc protrusion that puts pressure on a nerve root. Get an evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, or neurologist. ...Read more

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I am feeling very anxious and scared. My fingers are becoming numb & shoulder pain right hand both. What can it be?

I am feeling very anxious and scared. My fingers are becoming numb & shoulder pain right hand both. What can it be?

Nerve issue: It could be a nerve issue causing a parasthesia in your arm/hand, and your anxiety is probably making it worse. See the Dr. for an evaluation and possible testing such as an EMG which would be diagnostic for any nerve issues. best wishes. ...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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Woke up with shoulder pain over a week ago, pain in neck, back and now it has moved to left arm with numbness in my left hand. Pain lying down. Ta.

Woke up with shoulder pain over a week ago, pain in neck, back and now it has moved to left arm with numbness in my left hand. Pain lying down. Ta.

Pain: Not being a spinal surgeon can't be sure but it sure sounds from your description that it stems from the cervical level of your spine. See a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have shoulder pain, numbness in my hand, tingling sensation from my wrist to my elbow, and neck pain. What could it be?

I have shoulder pain, numbness in my hand, tingling sensation from my wrist to my elbow, and neck pain. What could it be?

DOUBLE CRUSH INJURY: The symptoms you are describing may result from a cervical disc herniation with compression of a nerve root. This pain may radiate down the arm into the hand with associated numbness and tingling of the affected nerve pathway. Additionally, you may also be describing a compression of the median nerve at the wrist with resulting carpal tunnel syndrome. If you can see your pcp for a referral. ...Read more

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I have left shoulder pain x 10 days.H/o neck injury 11 yrs ago.With use of traction device pain in shoulder does improve numbness in lft hand &foot?

I have left shoulder pain x 10 days.H/o neck injury 11 yrs ago.With use of traction device pain in shoulder does improve numbness in lft hand &foot?

Probably referred: I would first look at your neck as the root of your shoulder pain and the numbness you are having. The fact that your feet and hands are going numb are a bit concerning espeically the feet. This could represent a central cord compression at the level of your neck. I would probably advise you see someone for this. ...Read more

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I have arm pain and i'm not sure what it is i'm 22 yrs. Old and i've been having right hand/arm/shoulder pain since may of this year. It started out as feeling like an issue will the ulnar nerve but now my pinky and ring finger don't get numb. It's an ove

I have arm pain and i'm not sure what it is i'm 22 yrs. Old and i've been having right hand/arm/shoulder pain since may of this year. It started out as feeling like an issue will the ulnar nerve but now my pinky and ring finger don't get numb. It's an ove

Check the neck: Its important to establish a diagnosis. Hand/arm/shoulder pain could be referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Therefore proper diagnosis is essential to stopping the pain. See an orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Shoulder pain-popping, with arm/hand pain numbness. Done pt, tens, and cervical epidurals. Mri of neck ok emg showed abnormalities but symptoms worse?

EMG should show : If you had a normal cervical spine MRI it is no surprise that epidurals were ineffective. The EMG you said is abnormal - it should suggest the nerves affected and allow your pain management physician to develop a diagnosis and treatment options. If your doctor can not seem to help, consider obtaining another medical opinion. ...Read more

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I have left shoulder pain with some tingling in my left thumb. The shoulder pain is not all the time like the thumb tingling?

I have left shoulder pain with some tingling in my left thumb.  The shoulder pain is not all the time like the thumb tingling?

Pinched nerve neck?: Compression of the 6th cervical nerve as it exits the spinal column can cause shoulder pain and tingling(paresthesias) in the thumb. The discomfort will often radiate down the arm. The compression can be due to a bulging or herniated disc in the spine, among other causes. To see if your problem is due to nerve compression, or something else, you should see your physician for an exam. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain on right arm shooting to my thumb why? Should I wait for the doctor tomorrow? I've had the pain all day hasn't stopped

Pain: Sounds like nerve pain. If not short of breath or chest pain, can wait till the AM. Can you make t better or worse by ding anything? Have you had any neck issues in the past? ...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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Left shoulder pain with left arm/hand pain. EMG/NCV test. Pain in right armpit & right thumb-pointer. Which discs? NCV show difference in left & right

Left shoulder pain with left arm/hand pain. EMG/NCV test. Pain in right armpit & right thumb-pointer. Which discs? NCV show difference in left & right

C5 radiculopathy: Pain in these areas suggests a C5 radiculopathy. Aggressive conservative measurement is preferred prior to considering any surgical intervention. See a neurologist and physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in order to help manage your pain. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/94118-treatment ...Read more

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A 21 year old girl who does weight lifting. Neck and shoulder pain with tingling down right arm anf thumb and index finger. Pain and tinglimg and slig?

A 21 year old girl who does weight lifting. Neck and shoulder pain with tingling down right arm anf thumb and index finger. Pain and tinglimg and slig?

Neck pain and: Tingliing may be a sign of cervical spine invovlement. Other issues are shoulder instability that hurts locally and casues tingling down the arm. Or two independent issues such as neck muscle strain and carpal tunnel, both there but 2 separate conditons that come on at the same time. ...Read more

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Why would a collarbone/shoulder ache for 6 months w/out any known injury/overuse? Could this be related to hand/thumb pain that comes and goes?Ra neg

Possibly neck lesion: Would be my first diagnosis to exclude. I see you have had a nerve conduction/emg testing. It must be normal since you didn't comment on it or the mri. Also your symptoms are probably not bad enough that you are not taking any pain meds for it.
I would probably get you reevaluated after 3 months if your are still symptomatic and maybe repeat the testing. ...Read more

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Shoulder to neck pain plus numbness of thumbs. What could this be?

Shoulder to neck pain plus numbness of thumbs. What could this be?

Pinched nerve: Neck pain that runs down the arm with or without numbness and tingling sounds like a pinched nerve in the neck. This is usually caused by a protruding disc or bone spur touching one of your spinal nerves as it leaves your neck. This can often improve on it's own with rest and anti-inflammatories, but if your pain lasts greater than one week or gets worse see your physician. ...Read more

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What causes numbness in thumb and index fingers and in the blade of left back shoulder?

What causes numbness in thumb and index fingers and in the blade of left back shoulder?

Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle weakness and pain, finger numbness, etc. Prevention treatment is always recommended. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Numb thumb forearm and oainful shoulder?

Numb thumb forearm and oainful shoulder?

Nerve compression: My first concern would be a disk in your neck compressing nerve roots, specificantly c5-c6 but there are other things even carpal tunnel or a strain of the biceps tendon in the shoulder. Of course the shoulder and thumb could be completely unrelated. Check with a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. ...Read more

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What is wrong when you have shoulder pain and numbness?

Check neck: Symptoms could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. A herniated disk in the neck could be causing your symptoms. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Swollen bump, on shoulder, pain and numbness in left shoulder?

Swollen bump, on shoulder, pain and numbness in left shoulder?

MRI: This can be causes by several diagnoses. I recommend being evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What could it be if there is sharp shoulder pain which causes finger numbness?

Not clear: Thoracic outlet or local trauma and or nerve compression can be problems.
Sort out cervical disc, thoracic outlet, or intra thoracic issues.
Full history and exams! will lead to explanation. ...Read more