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Why am I dizzy and have neck/upper shoulder pain when raising arms?

Why am I dizzy and have neck/upper shoulder pain when raising arms?

Probably not related: There is a rare condition called "the subclavian steal syndrome" that causes dizziness when you raise and use your left arm. It can be ruled out on physical exam in the office. Have your doctor check you. Otherwise, the two symptoms are probably not related. ...Read more

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Both shoulders extremes pain when reaching and raising arms?

Both shoulders extremes pain when reaching and raising arms?

New, sudden pain?: Do you feel weak as well lifting arms? How about pain and weakness in the hips, for example when you try to get out of a chair without using arms for assistance? There is an illness called PMR which can cause these symptoms and a blood test can help see if this is what you may have - a sedimentation rate. It may also be shoulder pain due to arthritis or rotator cuff issues. ...Read more

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Sharp pain between shoulder blades. Felt when raising arms or breathing. ?

Muscular pain. : Sounds more like a muscular pain (rhomboids or trapezius) than anything related to the lungs. If you get short of breath, though, get to a doctor. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause my pulse to disappear when raising my arms above my head?

Is there anything that can cause my pulse to disappear when raising my arms above my head?

Gravity: The pulse (which i'm assuming you're taking in your wrist) is a simple mathematical formula. Pulse amplitude = systolic blood pressure - diastolic blood pressure - height above heart * a constant. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Having thrills on my neck.. right in the lower midline.. with congestion while bending or raising my arms ?

Having thrills on my neck.. right in the lower midline..  with congestion while bending or raising my arms ?

Better description: These symptoms are nondiagnostic. A better description is needed without using words like thrills,congestion. Perhaps you're having muscular type discomfort but in order to make a diagnosis, more information will be needed. ...Read more

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Heart races when raising arms above head for a few seconds (stretching) and beats hard, causing pain in my head each time it beats. What causes this?

Heart races when raising arms above head for a few seconds (stretching) and beats hard, causing pain in my head each time it beats. What causes this?

Heart Racing: In dysautonomia cardiac arrythmias and palpitations could happen. I don't think you are deconditioned because you are young.You need to see a physician to record your heart beat through a long rhythm strip or holter monitor while you lift your arms. ...Read more

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Will I have to keep my arms elevated after my brachioplasty? I have an old rotator cuff injury that makes raising one of my arms painful after awhile. Will I have to keep my arms elevated after a brachioplasty? .

Will I have to keep my arms elevated after my brachioplasty? I have an old rotator cuff injury that makes raising one of my arms painful after awhile. Will I have to keep my arms elevated after a brachioplasty?

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After : After brachioplasty, the most important thing you can do to reduce arm swelling is to wear your compression sleeves as instructed by your physician. You do not need to keep your arms elevated after surgery. You may hold your arms in whatever position is most comfortable for you. All the best, dr. Skourtis. ...Read more

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What illnesses cause you to feel tired and dizzy when raising your arms above your head?

What illnesses cause you to feel tired and dizzy when raising your arms above your head?

Subclavian steal: Subclavian steal syndrome can cause a loss of blood flow to the brain when the arms are raised above the head. This can give rise to symptoms of central nervous system dysfunction as you described. In order to make the diagnosis you will have to have a vascular study with your arms in the provocative position. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. What illnesses cause you to feel tired, achy, and dizzy when raising your arms above your head?

Suclavian steal syn: Se your local vascular surgeon to rule out subclavian steal syndrome. You couild have several other vascular related problems associated with your symptoms. Good luck and let us know what your final diagnoses and treatment end up being? ...Read more

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Is it normal for my breasts to change shape or look strange when raising my arms over my head? Is this because of muscles pulling?

Is it normal for my breasts to change shape or look strange when raising my arms over my head? Is this because of muscles pulling?

Shape and ligaments: The breasts are actually shaped like a comma with a tail out toward the armpit. Therefore, the shape will be different than when you have your arms down. This actually occurs because of ligaments attaching to the breasts called cooper's ligaments. You are at the age where you should have a breast exam and a baseline mammogram and i would recommend seeing your doctor for that. ...Read more

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Ever sense i had my daughter 6 weeks ago my arms will fall asleep when i sleep elevated on my back why is this & what can I do?

Ever sense i had my daughter  6 weeks ago my arms  will fall asleep when i sleep elevated on my back  why  is this & what can I do?

Nerve being pinched: The position you're holding your daughter is most likely causing some pinching of the nerves in your back, changing positions or sleeping on your side will often help improve this situation. Stretching and going on the "child pose" (yoga pose) every few minutes will help immensely as well. ...Read more

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How long must my arms remain elevated after hand surgery?

How long must my arms remain elevated after hand surgery?

Typically: 2-3 days is when swelling reaches amaximun so the first 4 -5 days are the most important for elevation. Moving your fingers ( if allowed ) is just as important, not just a little finger twitch ot flap of the hand but making a full fist and extending all the way out helps push the fluid out of swollen digits. ( again only is permitted -----so ask your surgeon). ...Read more

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I've been having chest pain on the left side for months, it's worse when deep breathing or especially raising my arms. Could it be a muscle? Thank you

Maybe...: Not usually for months, but could be musculoskeletal. Its persistence points to need to evaluate to identify properly and attempt to resolve. See your Dr or Urgent Care Dr for evaluation. ...Read more

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Shock like feeling to the last two fingers in both arms out of nowhere when raising shoulders and letting go,cervical MRI and EMG(both arms) are clean?

Shock like feeling to the last two fingers in both arms out of nowhere when raising shoulders and letting go,cervical MRI and EMG(both arms) are clean?

This is the ulcer: nerve distribution which runs across the elbow in a little nook.Do u rest your elbows on a hard surface throughout the day?This could cause some irritation to the ("funny bone")ulnar nerve as it crosses the elbow near the surface of the skin. ...Read more

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Heart beats so hard exercise that I feel it in my upper arms and chest.HR is much more elevated than normal (easily climbs to over200). I'm 17 athlete?

Heart beats so hard exercise that I feel it in my upper arms and chest.HR is much more elevated than normal (easily climbs to over200). I'm 17 athlete?

It would be: important to determine if this is normal for you or represents a form of treatable arrhythmia. Seek out a health care professional who can provide you with an electrocardiographic monitor in order to determine the basis for your symptoms and tachycardia. ...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 when raising arms. raising my arms straight in front is fine as well. But raising my arms up, palms down

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 when raising arms.  raising my arms straight in front is fine as well.  But raising my arms up, palms down

Supraspinatus tendon: 37y w. shoulder pain aroused by contraction of Superior spinatus, Ss, muscle. Palm-up rotates humoral tuberosity under A-C joint; elevating it + shortening draw of Ss. Palm down does opposite. Abduction of humerus in coronal plane evokes direct tug on Ss muscle, & tendon within A-C arch. Abducting arm anterior to body uses muscles absent Ss function/pain. Ss tendonitis? MRI needed. Osteopath? ...Read more

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I have severe itchy spots on my arms, fingers, back of my knees/hands & ankles. After scratching i get white elevated nickle-sized spots. What is it?

I have severe itchy spots on my arms, fingers, back of my knees/hands & ankles. After scratching i get white elevated nickle-sized spots. What is it?

Most likely....: Dermatitis in these areas is most likely an allergic reaction, systemic. Perhaps a food. Early eczema or even psoriasis could also be the culprit. Please visit your dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Extreme pain in both arms, my hands are swollen and go numb. If kept elevated, i get pins & needles feeling in them. Is this serious? What will help?

Extreme pain in both arms, my hands are swollen and go numb.  If kept elevated, i get pins & needles feeling in them. Is this serious? What will help?

Possibilities: Most common cause could well be carpal tunnel syndrome;i.e., compression of median nerves at wrist. But the response to elevation might raise concerns regarding thoracic outlet syndrome, a brachial plexus compression bilaterally. This is best evaluated and confirmed on EMG testing, which will lead to treatment and likely symptom reversal. ...Read more

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I take clonidine and norvasc (amlodipine). When raising my arms over my head i get weak, head pain, weakness. Why?

I take clonidine and norvasc (amlodipine). When raising my arms over my head i get weak,  head pain, weakness.  Why?

Blood pressure: Multiple possibilities most related to cerebral perfusion. Should discuss with your doctor(s) to see if they believe any changes in therapy are indicated. ...Read more