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My 84 yr old mom has extreme pain in upper arm with some swelling, X-ray says no bone fracture...Where do we go from here. It is interrupting sleep.?

My 84 yr old mom has extreme pain in upper arm with some swelling,  X-ray says no bone fracture...Where do we go from here. It is interrupting sleep.?

MRI: At the very least, she needs to be evaluated with a physical exam and an mri. Rotator cuff tears are common in her age group and can present like this. Also, an MRI can be used to look for other types of pathologies like tumors. ...Read more

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What can cause a benign tumor in thethin bone in upper arm?

What can cause a benign tumor in thethin bone in upper arm?

It happens: They just happen in many cases. Some run in families (genetic). Symptoms can be from growth of the tumor or irritation of nerves and other structures nearby. Sometimes they are found when the bone breaks for bone weakness from the tumor. In other cases they are found when a person is evaluated for another problem. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between laberal and rotator cuff pain? My pain is under my collar bone, on top of shoulder and sometimes upper arm.

Let explain: Symptoms of a labral tear depend on where the tear is located, but may include: an aching sensation in the shoulder joint catching of the shoulder with movement pain with specific activities there are different types of tears of rotator cuff. Partial tear, full they cause pain with movements and limitation especially when you try to left your arm above your head, you need MRI on the shoulder. ...Read more

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Got upper arm tattoo worked on. Woke up over night with what feels like inside of my arm bone hurting and burning.What can this be?Stings bad.

Got  upper arm tattoo worked on. Woke up over night with what feels like inside of my arm bone hurting and burning.What can this be?Stings bad.

Possible infection: I would see your doctor as soon as possible since you may need antibiotics to treat a possible infection. You could also be allergic to the inks but that would be itchy rather than painful. ...Read more

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I found a marble sized hard lump in upper arm an inch from elbow. (unmovable & tender) it feels like its on a tendon or bone. What could it be?

I found a marble sized  hard lump in upper arm an inch from elbow. (unmovable & tender) it feels  like its on a tendon or bone. What  could it be?

C MD: U shoul b cn by ur pcp or better an ortho guy. Exam & x-ray at minimum. Any doubt re DX more tests may b needed. ...Read more

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What can cause pain in my elbow feels like when u hit funny bone- but been there for a few days- makes my upper arm twitch, muscle knots in back too?

What can cause pain in my elbow feels like when u hit funny bone- but been there for a few days- makes my upper arm twitch, muscle knots in back too?

Nerve symptoms: Several conditions that effect peripheral nerve function (entrapment at the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome) or cervical radiculopathy - more likely the latter if you also have twitching in forearm more than hand and knots in the back. Sometimes anatomical entrapment at the thoracic outlet (where nerves and vessels leave the chest/neck to the arm can cause those symptoms too). ...Read more

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How can i tell the difference between bone and muscle if i put my left hand on right shoulder I'm not able to push down it hurts bad in upper arm

How can i tell the difference between bone and muscle if i put my left hand on right shoulder I'm not able to push down it hurts bad in upper arm

Shoulder problem: the most likely cause for this pain is a tendon problem, specifically of your rotator cuff tendons. These can be of three different levels of injury tendinosis (micro tears of the tendon), partial tendon tears, or full thickness tears. Injury to the subscapularis tendon typically causes pain with this maneuver. Injury to the labrum or cartilage of the shoulder joint can also cause this pain ...Read more

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Left shoulder, March 18th, subacromial decompression/bone spur removal. 6 weeks later constant pain and numbness from mid upper arm to fingers.

Left shoulder, March 18th, subacromial decompression/bone spur removal. 6 weeks later constant pain and numbness from mid upper arm to fingers.

Call surgeon!: Call your surgeon to find out what to do. The doc who did the procedure will be able to tell you if this is normal at this stage or not. If you are unhappy with his advice, consider a consult with a doc on Healthtap Concierge, or see your primary care doc, who can give an opinion, too, or arrange for a second opinion for you, if necessary. ...Read more

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I have small bumps directly under nose, on chest near collar bone&on shoulder into my upper arm on right arm. I'm not sexually active at all.

I have small bumps directly under nose, on chest near collar bone&on shoulder into my upper arm on right arm. I'm not sexually active at all.

Rashes are tough: Rashes are tough to diagnose without history or pictures. A common rash under the nose is impetigo caused by Staph. Consider a video consult so that we can look at it. ...Read more

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My right arm bone is painful, what will i do?

See your doctor: Till yousee them you can elevate it and try ice or heat whichever makes it feel better, . ...Read more

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I hit my funny bone and now my arm isn't working right?

I hit my funny bone and now my arm isn't working right?

Probably a contusion: Sounds as though you may have an ulnar nerve contustion. The complaint you have listed are common after hitting your "funny bone". The parasthesia should subside in time, but if it doesn't be sure to consult with a local orthopedist. For treatment options, and further details please visit my blog @ http://drmarkgalland.Com/%e2%80%9cit%e2%80%99s-not-funny%e2%80%9d/. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to have 2 bones in the lower arm instead of just one?

Why is it necessary to have 2 bones in the lower arm instead of just one?

Flexibility: The configuration of the forearm with two bones gives it a greater flexibility especially in terms of twisting movement around the elbow and the wrist. You can live with just one bone, range of motion might become limited. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me what bone on the left side on top sticks up and then the front and the shoulder and arm are quite a ways apart and hurts ?

AC separation : The bone is the distal end of the clavicle (collar bone), usually caused buy an injury when u fall & ur shoulder is driven into the ground like when a quarterback gets sacked. C an ortho 4 x-rays & exam. ...Read more

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If someone twisted your arm behind your back to break it, which bone actually breaks?

If someone twisted your arm behind your back to break it, which bone actually breaks?

Twisted arm: It is actually very difficult to break a bone by twisting someone's arm. The common injury would be a sprain or ligament tear, usually to the elbow joint, possibly to the wrist as well. Only if a person had brittle bones like in osteoporosis or osteogenesis imperfecta, would a broken bone occur. ...Read more

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I recently fell on my arm, and it has hurt for the past couple days. At what point should I suspect a broken or chipped bone?

Time to get checked.: If it is still hurting after a couple days -- and especially if it is getting worse -- it is time to get it checked. It may still be a bad sprain but there are many types of "small" fractures (or breaks) that need attention or they may not heal properly. You should start with your primary doctor or with an orthopedist if you have seen one before. Good luck with your recovery! ...Read more

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What happens if you break your arm, how do doctors put bones in place?

What happens if you break your arm, how do doctors put bones in place?

Manipulation : Depending on the location and type of the fracture, your Orthopaedic surgeon can manipulate the bone and treat it in a cast or perform surgery on the bone. In either case the goal is to line up the broken bone or bones appropriately and keep them in position until the bond heals. ...Read more

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2 years I broke my arm at my basketball game broke both bones in half. I have been experiencing sharp pain in my lower arm. What's wrong?

Need to be examined: since you had an old injury, there are several possibilities. Rather than guessing, which is all anyone can do online, please go see a doctor - preferably the same doctor who helped you with the broken arm 2 years ago. ...Read more

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I have had a plate in my arm in my ulna bone for 4 years now it started giving me hard time (pain ) that won't go away without a pain killer?

I have had a plate in my arm in my ulna bone for 4 years now  it started giving  me hard time (pain ) that won't go away without a pain killer?

Get checked : I would certainly let your surgeon know and an exam and x-ray would be appropriate. There are many possible causes, the two most common are an irritation of the tendons in your arm (i.e.A tendinitis) or a nonunion of your fracture. As i mentioned, there are also other possibilities and an exam and x-ray can usually determine the cause. I would encourage you to be evaluated. Thanks. ...Read more

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Bone in elbow is swollen and arm pain ?

Bone in elbow is swollen and arm pain ?

??: Hard to tell from you short entry as to what to tell you if the problem persists it would be best to seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the easiest bone in your arm and hand to break?

Can you please describe the easiest bone in your arm and hand to break?

Fracture in the hand: Arm and forearm and elbow patternsof injury differ by age and mechanism significantly. A better question may be what is the most common bone injured in the hand in an elderly adult who falls on an outstretched hand. Or what is the most common bone way a bone is fractured in a child age 6-10 who falls on their elbow. I can go on ! ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a fractured arm or a bone contusion?

How to tell if I have a fractured arm or a bone contusion?

Level of pain: A stable, nondisplaced arm fracture may present similar to a severe contusion. Typically, a fracture will hurt for a longer period of time. Also, a fracture usually can be diagnosed with radiographs. ...Read more