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What can cause sharp intense upper back pain radiating down left arm?

What can cause sharp intense upper back pain radiating down left arm?

See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Can upper back pain lead to left arm feeling heavy?

Can upper back pain lead to left arm feeling heavy?

Yes: Sometimes a disc herniation will present as a deep achy pain or sharp pain along the scapula or shoulder blade on the same side as the arm affected which can feel heavy without any neck symptoms. This could also be a heart problem especially if it is affecting the left side. Rarely, a tumor in the top part of the lung on that side can present like this-a pancoast tumor. You should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I been having upper back pain and pain under my left arm pit. What could this possibly be caused from?

I been having upper back pain and pain under my left arm pit. What could this possibly be caused from?

T1 radiculopathy?: Without knowing more, i'd suspect a t1 radiculopathy. The first thoracic nerve provides sensation in this area.

A good physiatry spine specialist (anesthesia pain) should be able to figure it out for sure. ...Read more

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Does cervical steonisis cause upper back pain and left arm to be sore at times?

Maybe: Cervical stenosis is caused by the opening in the vertebras of the neck being too small to allow the spinal cord to move freely. A nerve may be pinched as it comes off the main cord, and cause back pain, especially upper back and arm pain. Please see your doctor to have an exam and maybe some imaging to help figure it out. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on left side that also causes left arm pain above elbow. I fell 7 months ago and primary doc says muscle. Can my back muscle hurt this long? I can not do physical activities bc of pain

Upper back pain on left side that also causes left arm pain above elbow. I fell 7 months ago and primary doc says muscle. Can my back muscle hurt this long? I can not do physical activities bc of pain

Upper back pain: If the pain has been ongoing for the past seven months and persists despite physical therapy then it is likely not a pulled muscle. Pain that limits physical activities warrants imaging of the cervical and thoracic spine. See a spine specialist to find the cause and to develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Severe upper back pain progressing over months, left arm weakness, worse at night- clear t-spine MRI w/o contrast- could it have missed something?

Severe upper back pain progressing over months, left arm weakness, worse at night- clear t-spine MRI w/o contrast- could it have missed something?

C spine problem?: Has your cervical spine been checked?
Left arm symptoms are much more commonly related to cervical spine disc and degenerative
problems than thoracic problems.
Get a good exam of the cervical spine and left shoulder.
You may need a cervical MRI and NCV study to localized etiology. ...Read more

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I went to the ER with severe left arm and upper back pain the ER Dr said my D dimer was slightly elevated but CT scan was normal. What an this mean?

I went to the ER with severe left arm and upper back pain the ER Dr said my D dimer was slightly elevated but CT scan was normal. What an this mean?

Follow up needed: D dimer and CT angiogram are used to help diagnose pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung). No test is foolproof, so if symptoms persist, follow up with your doctor is essential. Sever left arm and upper back pain are concerning symptoms and may signal heart disease. Best to see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can cervical disc buldge in c4-c6 with narrowing cause upper back pain cramp radiating to chest and left arm? Pain in back is like charlie horse.

Absolutely: Yes, a disc problem in the neck can cause neck pain, headaches, and pain or numbness that runs into the arm. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Left arm feels numbish and heavy. Upper back pain. Good EKG, heart enzymes, chest xray a month ago. Went for run today and was fine. Heart issue? 21yr

Left arm feels numbish and heavy. Upper back pain. Good EKG, heart enzymes, chest xray a month ago. Went for run today and was fine. Heart issue? 21yr

See doctor: If you're left arm is feeling numb and heavy right now, its prudent to be evaluated now. If it always feel heavy then waiting is okay. Left arm heaviness, jaw tightness, chest pain, is cardiac until proven otherwise. Although, both left arm heaviness and numbness, upper back pain may be caused by sleeping in awkward position or even reflux but its better safe than sorry ...Read more

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Knotted left upper back;pain shoots around left ribs as well as left shoulder, upper arm down into elbow, sometimes neck, nothing swollen, is this nerve?

Knotted left upper back;pain shoots around left ribs as well as left shoulder, upper arm down into elbow, sometimes neck, nothing swollen, is this nerve?

Nerves "shoot": The pattern described is commonly seen with irritation of cervical nerve root impingement, possibly C4 and C5 in this case. Brachial plexopathy can cause a similar pattern, but usually see numbness, weakness, tingling, or burning with this, often times the symptoms reported improve after the muscle spasm is treated. If not, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Upper back pain left side arm pain rib pain all on left side for 20 days now. Been experiencing heavy heart beat when lieing down. I'm 19 male?

Upper back pain left side arm pain rib pain all on left side for 20 days now. Been experiencing heavy heart beat when lieing down. I'm 19 male?

Go see your doctor: There are a lot of things that could cause these symptoms. Go see your doctor to examine you and figure out what could be causing yours. It could be things as simple as panic attacks, to things as significant as emergency heart related problems. ...Read more

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Pain in left side of chest just under breast and pain in upper back and left arm feel more when lying down been like this for 2 months had EKG check?

Chest pain: If this pain has been continuous for 2 months, it is a good idea to see your doctor who can diagnose the cause of the pain, possibly muscle strain ; prescribe some medication. ...Read more

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What would be the causes of her left upper back pain? Carry my purse on right arm

Rhomboid strain: Try heat and massage first then see general doctor if dosemt improve. ...Read more

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Extreme upper back pain for 3 days it hurts to move especially if I move my neck down/move my arms what would cause this and what do I do to treat it?

Ans: You are very young. Need a good history. Did you have any injury? Do you exercise or do heavy lifting? Best to see a doctor for a good history and examination ...Read more

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Upper back pain which goes down both arms and into neck?

Upper back pain which goes down both arms and into neck?

Worrisome: Acute pain in neck & pain radiating to both arms raises concern for cervical spine integrity. If a mechanical neck injury has occurred, then urgent evaluation is indicated as are imaging studies to rule cervical spine disorder that is impinging the spinal cord &/or cervical nerves transiting to the arms. Is very serious if either arm is weak. ...Read more

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Have been having upper back pain for weeks now. Today it went into my neck and all down my right arm into my thumb.

Have been having upper back pain for weeks now. Today it went into my neck and all down my right arm into my thumb.

Nerve pain: Neck and back pain with radiation to arm might represent a nerve pain. It can be from either spinal stenosis, or ruptured disc, or nerve impingement. .. The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It might include strengthening exercise, physical therapy, medication, injections. ..
You should seek help from a pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Fem33 - Left chest and upper back pain (sometimes in shoulder and arm) for 3 months. LDL 3.69 HDL 1.74. Normal Ecocardiogram + 3xecg + ecg s-test.???

Fem33 - Left chest and upper back pain (sometimes in shoulder and arm) for 3 months. LDL 3.69 HDL 1.74. Normal Ecocardiogram + 3xecg + ecg s-test.???

Pain: Musculoskeletal causes are quite consistent with and common with what you describe. Ask your doctor what the cause of the symptoms is. ...Read more

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8 months upper back pain. First it would wrap to chest, now just on sholder and down arm when walking. Can it be spinal cord or muscle injury.

Yes: Pain that begins in the upper back and then runs down the arm is usually some form if nerve impingment or irritation in the spine. Consider being seen if it does not get better. ...Read more

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Upper back pain going into chest. Left dull leg and arm pain too. Usually when doing housework. Can touch where it hurts on my spine. Is this heart?

Upper back pain going into chest. Left dull leg and arm pain too. Usually when doing housework. Can touch where it hurts on my spine. Is this heart?

Less likely the hear: Less likely this is from your heart. Could be just muscular, it is rare but possible a thoracic disc herniation. You should see your pcp and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Why do I have hands, lower arms, & upper back pain? Gone & back 3x /6 mos. Began in left pinky. Blood test good (-d). Eeg great. No xrays yet. Help:- (

Why do I have hands, lower arms, & upper back pain? Gone & back 3x /6 mos. Began in left pinky. Blood test good (-d). Eeg great. No xrays yet. Help:- (

Spine vs Extremities: There is the possibility this arm pain could be coming from the neck, however the other options include peripheral nerve entrapments, carpal tunnel and ulnar tunnel syndromes. In order to narrow down the possibilities we would need more info. If concerned, please see your doctor to further evaluate you. ...Read more

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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

Neck pain: The neck pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The pain in the shoulder and upper back might be a refer pain.
I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider (pain management doctor, physiatrist, neurologist, spine surgeon...) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...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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My upper back gets red and hot sometimes. My left cheek flushes every day and my left arm does sometimes. No other symptoms. Can anxiety cause this?

My upper back gets red and hot sometimes. My left cheek flushes every day and my left arm does sometimes. No other symptoms. Can anxiety cause this?

Anxiety is amazing!: The things it can seem to do are almost limitless - especially in experienced sensations. Eventually damage may result but early effects on things you 'feel' and how it appears can be wild! Yet, you don't want to miss a sign of other illness that could be treated. So, discuss w/ a Dr - maybe have an exam/tests. Definitely consider CBT to learn management skills and curb anxiety. ...Read more

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Left arm ache&sharp pains around my upper back, chest and other arm. I'm worried and want to know if I should get checked. History of neck problems.

Yes: Even though young (19-year-old) females rarely have heart attacks, they still do. The history of neck problems, may be able to explain the cause of your pain. However, young females still do have heart attacks, and the most concerning fact is that you are worried. A heart attack can become dangerous in minutes. You should speak with your doctor immediately, if this is not possible, call 911. ...Read more