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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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Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...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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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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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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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