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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. ...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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29/f. Left arm pain sometimes starting in shoulder down to hand and sometimes vice versa. Shooting\achy pain. Had EKG last week and came back good.

29/f.  Left arm pain sometimes starting in shoulder down to hand and sometimes vice versa. Shooting\achy pain.   Had EKG last week and came back good.

Pinched nerve?: You might benefit from seeing a neurologist or a physiatrist to see if you have a pinched never from neck to the fingers. Ekg is not enough to see if you had a heart attack. Try getting a multifunction cardiogram to see if you have ischemic heart disease also. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
Daily
Avoid fast movements
Once
See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
Weekly
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I am having occasional shooting pain down my shoulder to my hand on my right side. What could this be?

I am having occasional shooting pain down my shoulder to my hand on my right side. What could this be?

Pinched nerve: The most likely thing is a pinched nerve in your neck that causes the pain to radiate down the right arm. Rest, heat and tylenol may help. Otherwise it is always a good idea to see a doctor to be certain. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Stretch and exercise
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Use NSAIDs and pain medications for relief
Daily
Get an X-ray/MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine specialist if not better after 6 weeks
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Dr.Baker says my symptoms line up w/ a othopedic and neurologic injury-is it normal for pain to go from shoulder down to my hand from car accident?

Dr.Baker says my symptoms line up w/ a othopedic and neurologic injury-is it normal for pain to go from shoulder down to my hand from car accident?

Ortho or Neuro?: Pain from the shoulder to the hand may represent an injury to the nerves - these arise from the neck, travel under the arm, and into the arm. The brachial plexus (under the arm pit) is also a place where an injury can cause these symptoms. It is hard to say which is the cause- orthopedic or neurological, but both are possible. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has pain from her shoulder down to her left hand, no numbness, no chest pain she is 53. What can it be?

My girlfriend has pain from her shoulder down to her left hand, no numbness, no chest pain she is 53. What can it be?

Could be cardiac: It could be many things, among them is angina from her heart. The crux of the decision to present emergently for chest pain should be based off the pre-test probability of how likely it is that her discomfort is from her heart. It depends on her risk factors really. It's less to be cardiac but is still possibly. Musculoskeletal is other possibility, or pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use a good lumbar support for proper sitting posture
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Always focus on your posture
Daily
Try deep tissue massage
60 Min, Every other week, forever

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