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Upper arm hurts raising it fully extended to the side. No bruising, no bulging. What can I do? L

Upper arm hurts raising it fully extended to the side. No bruising, no bulging. What can I do? L

Rotator cuff: Pain with lifting the arm to the side may be caused by rotator cuff disease. This could be a simple inflammation, tendonitis or bursitis but may be a rotator cuff tear. Initial treatments include medications, therapy and possibly an injection. Workup may include x-rays or an mri. An orthopedic surgeon can make the diagnosis and start treatment. ...Read more

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29. mild chest pains on the left side that extend into my armpit and occasionally upper arm. Fatigued. Have GERD. No fever. Resting ~70 BPM (elevated)?

29. mild chest pains on the left side that extend into my armpit and occasionally upper arm. Fatigued. Have GERD. No fever. Resting ~70 BPM (elevated)?

Non cardiac: You are not telling if this pain is associated with activity. . I am going to assume it happens at rest. You are probably having Esophageal Spasm which for all practical purposes resembles cardiac chest pain. . See your doctor for evaluation, since we do not know what your risk factors are. Eliminate fats caffeine, alcohol & large meals. Start on Omeprazole. Elevate the head of your bed. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my shoulder pain goes away when raising arm above head?

Ss muscle tendonitis: The Supraspinatus, Ss, muscle of the superior shoulder region functions to lift the shoulder overhead. An injured Ss muscle has relaxation & relief of pain in arm abduction & pain arousal in adduction, as the arm weighs about 20#, & exquisite pain at the sudden drop of a "dead arm"; impinging a previously traumatized Supraspinatus tendon, which inserts on the rotator cuff. ...Read more

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Right way to check blood pressure standing. Should arm be by your side or elevated in front of you?

Right way to check blood pressure standing. Should arm be by your side or elevated in front of you?

Heart level: Ideally, your arm should be at heart level but you mustn't use your muscular strength to raise it against gravity as this will falsely elevate the number. Prop it on a higher table or shelf. (i hold the patient's arm up when I check them standing), . ...Read more

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There are moments where my left arm feels like it's going numb yet I have no issues raising it. Is this something that is serious?

There are moments where my left arm feels like it's going numb yet I have no issues raising it. Is this something that is serious?

Numbness: Left arm numbness has various causes including a pinched nerve in the neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist regions. Circulation problems of the brain, coronary arteries or of an arm artery itself are other causes. If symptoms persist, see your physician for evaluation and appropriate tests and/or referrals to a specialist will be made. ...Read more

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Weakness raising the arm to the side or overhead or rotating the shoulder outward along with a knife-like pain in the shoulder. What can cause this?

Weakness raising the arm to the side or overhead or rotating the shoulder outward along with a knife-like pain in the shoulder. What can cause this?

Rotator Cuff Injury: Could be a tear in the rotator cuff muscles. Also if you have any neck pain it could also be a herniated disc. See an musculoskeletal specialist for evaluation and determine what can be done. ...Read more

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I have slightly elevated redness in my arm nearest to the elbow that keeps on geeting bigger. Its not that itchy but keeps on spreading?

I have slightly elevated redness in my arm nearest to the elbow that keeps on geeting bigger. Its not that itchy but keeps on spreading?

Dermatitis/infection: New onset of a red raised area of skin can generally be caused by an irritant, allergy or infection. An irritant (like poison ivy or chemical) can cause a contact dermatitis. An allergic reaction to something either external (environment) or internal (food/medication) can cause an allergic dermatitis. Either of these tend to itch. Infection is less likely to itch. See MD if keeps getting worse. ...Read more

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I gave blood over 4 hours ago, got a hematoma and is still slowly seeping blood. I have been compressing it with my arm elevated and ice. Concern?

I gave blood over 4 hours ago, got a hematoma and is still slowly seeping blood. I have been compressing it with my arm elevated and ice. Concern?

Yes: This area should not be seeping blood after hours of cold compresses and elevation. Do you have a history of easy bleeding, taking aspirin or Aleve (naproxen) or other bleeding tendencies like gum or nose bleeds, family history of bleeding disorders? Either way I recommend that you go to the hospital emergency room for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can bulging spinal disks cause u to have problems with the raising of your arm. 3 disks on left side of back. Problem raising left arm for 4 months.

Can bulging spinal disks cause u to have problems with the raising of your arm. 3 disks on left side of back. Problem raising left arm for 4 months.

No: Cervical disc herniations can but not disc bulges these are often asymptomatic incidental findings more likely than not. Cant be used to explain nerve dysfunction so great so as to cause weakness exploration of another theory for arm weakness is in your best interest ...Read more

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I have slight shoulder pain when raising my arm above my head and doing pressing movements. What is this?

I have slight shoulder pain when raising my arm above my head and doing pressing movements. What is this?

Muscle/tendon injury: Without a history of a specific injury, your pain could be coming from the fact that you strained the muscles (deltoid or rotator cuff) around the shoulder or sprained the ligaments and joint that join the end of your collar bone (clavicle) to the shoulder blade (acromion portion of the scapula). You should seek a thorough orthopaedic surgeon evaluation if the pain persists past a week. ...Read more

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Pain top/front of both shoulders, from chin ups or lifting kettle bells. Worst when raising my outstretched arm from eye level to overhead. Three?

Pain top/front of both shoulders, from chin ups or lifting kettle bells. Worst when raising my outstretched arm from eye level to overhead. Three?

Probably kettle ball: You seem to be complaining of deltoid and primarily anterior deltoid pain which is worked with raising arms in the front. But if you're kipping your pullups then this will put tremendous stress on the shoulder as well. The exercises you mentioned often go with cross fit plans. I've lifted for many yrs and my concern is doing complex moves w/weights so rapidly when near fatigue. Bad form = injuries. ...Read more

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How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

2-3 days: Swelling achieves a maximum at 2-3 days.
Make sure you don't over elevate such as over your head and interfere with circulation. A pillow on you r chest or at your side with your fingers pointed up higher than your elbow and of course higher than your heart no matter what your position is helpful.
Ice may be used but not if there are circulation issues or problems. ...Read more

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Should your blood pressure be checked when arm is elevated with your heart? Also, which arm should I use to check?

Should your blood pressure be checked when arm is elevated with your heart? Also, which arm should I use to check?

Blood pressure: Ideally blood pressure should be checked with the patient in a seated position with their arm even with their chest area. Usually the left arm is checked. ...Read more

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I have a painful shoulder especially raising my arm overhead from squats and overhead pressing. Could it be a rotator cuff tear if I am only 19?

I have a painful shoulder especially raising my arm overhead from squats and overhead pressing. Could it be a rotator cuff tear if I am only 19?

Yes: Yes, it could. There are other possibilities including a tear of your labrum or issue with your Ac joint. Don't hesitate to be seen for a detailed examination and possibly further workup for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing a lot of discomfort when raising my left arm. Been going on for about three weeks now. Doctor says it's a neurological problem.?

I'm experiencing a lot of discomfort when raising my left arm. Been going on for about three weeks now. Doctor says it's a neurological problem.?

Agree: Sometimes we can ascertain that lifting up arm with symptoms correlates with a problem in the brachial plexus, as contrasted to a pinched nerve in neck which improves on elevation. An EMG test done expertly, should point out site of pathology, and also, guide therapeutic interventions. ...Read more

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Went to the er. Due to chest pain and right arm pain my d diners was elevated at 660 but everything else was fine they said they had to do a c.t scan?

Went to the er. Due to chest pain and right arm pain my d diners was elevated at 660 but everything else was fine they said they had to do a c.t scan?

CT scan for embolism: The ER doctors likely recommended a CT scan of your chest because of the pain and the elevated D dimer level. They are probably concerned about a pulmonary embolism. I would follow their advice and have the scan done. ...Read more

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After a hard fall on my left shoulder 2 weeks ago, I have pain in my pectoral and shoulder. Also when raising my arm, tying shoes, and steering overhand?

After a hard fall on my left shoulder 2 weeks ago, I have pain in my pectoral and shoulder. Also when raising my arm, tying shoes, and steering overhand?

Rotator cup sprain: Most likely rotator cup sprain/tear. But the most important is to rule out dislocation or fracture. So at least get a shoulder xray. And if possible ask your physician to inject to your shoulder with corticosteroid if xray negative for fracture. If not improved then get MRI to r/o soft tissue injury. I hope that will help. ...Read more

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What to do about sore shoulder I feel 10 days ago on to my right shoulder. It is very stiff and very sore. Raising my arm causes pain. I can move it fully but it really hurts.

What to do about sore shoulder I feel 10 days ago on to my right shoulder. It is very stiff and very sore. Raising my arm causes pain. I can move it fully but it really hurts.

Traumatic: Traumatic shoulder injuries can be caused by a fracture. The only way to rule out a fracture is to get an x-ray. If you are unable to raise your arm you could also have a rotator cuff injury. If your shoulder is not getting better or if you continue to be unable to raise your arm, you should be seen by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Shoulder pain - lifting, raising arm, hands behind back, sleeping. Been going on for 3 mos. Rot cuf?

Could be: Pain at night, with overhead activities, pain with reaching out and behind back, weakness are all signs of rotator cuff problems. An MRI will help secure the diagnosis. Treatment depends on severity of symptoms and extent of rotator cuff damage. ...Read more

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Should ones arm be resting on surface or hold itself (elevated without support) at heart level while checking blood pressure?

Resting always: When you hold your arm up, you're performing muscular work /isometric exercise: this raises your BP! Your arm must be supported at heart level on a table or desk to obtain an accurate reading. (also: be sure you're at complete rest for 10 minutes and that the cuff is the right size for your arm's diameter). Thank you for asking - that's a great question! ...Read more

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I have a rather large lump twords the bottom of my armpit. It is tender to touch when arm is elevated. I was helping a freind move all weekend.

I have a rather large lump twords the bottom of my armpit. It is tender to touch when arm is elevated. I was helping a freind move all weekend.

Pulled muscle?: A doctor can check the armpit to see what it might be. If lifting a lot of heavy stuff, and not normally working out with weights, one might have pulled an armpit muscle. There are several muscles forming the armpit with the pectoralis in front and some rotator cuff muscles plus the latissimus in back. It may also be a hematoma in the muscle (blood in the muscle), a huge lymph node, or an abscess. ...Read more

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I have pain raising arm up sideways with palm down in posterior deltoids. Sharp pain to where I can't raise up to shoulder level. Palms up is fine?

I have pain raising arm up sideways with palm down in posterior deltoids. Sharp pain to where I can't raise up to shoulder level. Palms up is fine?

Use Motrin and Heat: You sound exactly like me about 7 years ago. If you were here (yes! Right here on this webpage, pixilated and ready), I'd ask you a few questions then examine your shoulder in more detail but it sounds like what I had: (drum roll............) a pit bull clamped on to my shoulder........no, actually the equivalent, a problem with my rotator cuff (look it up).See a doc if it's not better in 2 weeks ...Read more

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Having Tricep pain where it meets the bottom of my shoulder for several months. Raising arm above head and rolling wrist and elbow to max hurt most.

Having Tricep pain where it meets the bottom of my shoulder for several months. Raising arm above head and rolling wrist and elbow to max hurt most.

Myofascial pain: There is most likely an injury to muscle and the fascia that attaches the muscle. You might be best helped by massage therapy, dry needling, and perhaps need to find a doctor who does prolotherapy.
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