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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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How to treat unbearable pain in shoulder blades running down arm into hands and fingers more so at night can't have any pressure on shoulder?

How to treat unbearable pain in shoulder blades running down arm into hands and  fingers more so at night can't have any pressure on shoulder?

R/O CERVICAL DISC: Your description of the pain sounds neuropathic in nature . You need a full exam and focused Neuro exam. Full lab tests including TFTS /Vit b12/Vit d/ Lyme disease. If symptoms persist an you have increased knee reflexes, MRI of Cervical spine would be needed to evaluate for cervical disc disease. Avoid heavy lifting till you are evaluated.if symptoms worsen seek prompt evaluation ...Read more

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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 (acetaminophen) may help. Otherwise it is always a good idea to see a doctor to be certain. ...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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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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Fingertips twisting outwards, lower back pain into front of both thighs and knees, shooting pains upper back & pain down shoulders, arms wrists, hands?

Fingertips twisting outwards, lower back pain into front of both thighs and knees, shooting pains upper back & pain down shoulders, arms wrists, hands?

Back/neck pain: If you have arthritis in the low back, then you likely have arthritis in the neck too. The nerve pain can be relieved with neuropathic pain medications. Anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer medications can relieve the pain related to the joints, tendons and muscles of the spine. Stretching exercises, physical therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may help too. ...Read more

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Iam 34 old woman i smoke, have ache in upper back pain in shoulder down to elbow and sometimes to hand do you think its lung cancer?

Iam 34 old woman i smoke, have ache in upper back pain in shoulder down to 
elbow and sometimes to hand do you think its lung cancer?

It's possible: You should be seen by a health care professional, get interviewed, examined, and possibly have a chest x-ray. Lung cancer is rare at your age, but can occur.

You should stop smoking. Please get professional help if you are unable to do it on your own. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain hurts when I throw over hand, toss under hand, pull, put weight down on right hand, reach across body. Wondering what could be wrong?

Shoulder pain hurts when I throw over hand, toss under hand, pull, put weight down on right hand, reach across body. Wondering what could be wrong?

See PCP very soon!: sounds like you strained your shoulder, and perhaps arm, wrist or hand, and should have your doctor examine it, especially if you have pain, or achiness from your muscle strain to make sure you don't have a torn rotator cuff or something else. Best to have it checked soon. We need your trauma history to really know what's going on. ...Read more

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Severe shoulder pain with pain radiating under arm pit down to hand. Severe pain when using arm. What is this?

Severe shoulder pain with pain radiating under arm pit down to hand. Severe pain when using arm. What is this?

Pain down arm: Usually pain down the arm like you describe is from an irritated nerve. The neck is the usual source and can be related to repeated poor posture while at desk related activity or sleeping in an awkward position. ...Read more

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I had a mammogram yesterday and today I have shoulder pain and pain down my right arm into my hand is this normal ?

Not related: There is no reason that a mammogram would cause the pain you describe, so there is no cause for worry in regard to the mammography. However, you could have strained or sprained something to result in the pain you describe. ...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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I have right side shoulder pain for one month. Now slowly pain increases and extending towards down on the hand. Will it be a symptom of heart attack?

I have right side shoulder pain for  one month. Now slowly pain increases and extending towards down on the hand. Will it be a symptom of heart attack?

Need to know Ur Age?: Shoulder pain can be due to some disorder of the shoulder joint. Yes it can also be a referred pain from a heart attack in the right age group(So we need to know your age). Moreover Heart attack pain does not last longer than an hour or so and is associated with chest pain(pressure or tightness in the chest(behind the sternum(breast bone). You should get your shoulder checked for proper diagnosis ...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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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'm having shoulder pain that radiates down to my wrist I've also noticed that when I take a deep breath I get a sharp pain in my shoulder,?

Brachial plexus ?: Middle age person with shoulder pain intensified by inspiration & with radiation of pain to wrist needs Neurology evaluation to rule out brachial plexus injury, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, TOS, & lung tumor. Some Neurologists are unfamiliar with physical exam methods to define TOS & uncomfortable with this diagnosis; in which case an Osteopath might be consulted. An MRI of shoulder is indicated. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain. Boils. Are these connected. Pain travelling from shoulder down to elbow. Swollen index finger?

Shoulder pain. Boils. Are these connected. Pain travelling from shoulder down to elbow. Swollen index finger?

And?: What are you doing about it? It doesn't sound like you can wait past today without addressing this immediately with a health care professional. Things can get worse, much, much worse, in the next couple of hours. I would act now to address this. ...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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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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Causes of intermittent hand and shoulder pain together?

Some ideas: Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can give hand and shoulder symptoms- usually more symptomatic at night. With trauma you can injure your neck and have referred pain that you feel in shoulder and hand. It is a common combination for those who suffer paralysis from a stroke - but not usual in someone your age. You will need a Neurologist or Physical Medicine Doctor to sort it out if it persists- Good luck ...Read more

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I have shoulder pain and it's going to my hand and now I can't pick up nothing ?

See your doctor: Since you are now having trouble picking things up, you really should see a doctor. Shoulder pain can be very debilitating in and of itself, but you may in fact be having nerve damage from your neck that is causing both your shoulder to hurt and weakness in your arm or hand. If you are having true weakness, this is rather urgent. Once you have nerve damage, sometimes function does not return. ...Read more