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Dr. Richard Makowiec
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Extreme sharp and stabbing pain in left arm tricep. Haven't been working out just came on suddenly what could cause this?

Extreme sharp and stabbing pain in left arm tricep. Haven't been working out just came on suddenly what could cause this?

Many things: There can be different causes for posterior elbow pain including triceps tendinitis, partial triceps tear, olecranon bursitis, elbow arthritis or even medial or lateral epicondylitis. Best to avoid the aggravating activity and have it evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. David Teicheira
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What does a sharp, stabbing pain in my left arm mean?

What does a sharp, stabbing pain in my left arm mean?

Heart pain ?: One of the 1st “unusual” symptoms we learn in medical school is that heart pain sometimes shows up as left arm pain. At your age this is a distinct possibility. Please see your doctor immediately to make sure this is not your issue. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Im a 16 year old guy who had a sharp stabbing pain under my left arm . I did lift weights about 3 hours before. The pain was brief bu intense.

Im a 16  year old guy who had a sharp stabbing pain under my left arm . I did lift weights about 3 hours before. The pain was brief bu intense.

Muscle strain: is the likely culprit since you were lifting weights prior to the event. Based on your description of the location, you injured your latissimus dorsi, teres minor/major, or triceps. The important thing is to prevent injuring it again until it is fully healed. Advil can help. If the pain increases or becomes constant, consider a HealthTap Concierge video visit for further advice. ...Read more

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Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
Board Certified, Nephrology and Dialysis
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I have sharp, stabbing pain on the inside of my upper left arm. Do i need to be alarmed?

I have sharp, stabbing  pain on the inside of  my upper left arm. Do i need to be alarmed?

Depends: Pain can be a symptom of something else. Depends on the duration, severity, and quality of your pain. Does it radiate? Is it associate? Any other symptoms along with the pain? These are all questions your doctor will likely ask you. If you had any trauma or activity it is likely musculoskeletal in nature and should improve with rest and a very short course of anti-inflammatories. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Bragg
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I have a sharp stabbing pain in my ribs under my left arm pit and it comes in waves about every 30 minutes what could it be?

Musculoskeletal: Most likely, it is a rib dysfunction and is pinching a nerve. However, it could be internal in the heart or lungs although these usually do not cause sharp pains with any kind of rhythmic occurence. I would start by seeing a osteopathic physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Harry Myers
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Inthelast week I have had a sudden sharp stabbing pain (in one point) in my upper left arm half way between elbow and shoulder on the inside.Whatisit ?

Inthelast week I have had a sudden sharp stabbing pain (in one point) in my upper left arm half way between elbow and shoulder on the inside.Whatisit ?

Left Arm Pain: Hi, left arm pain is one of the various symptoms that can be associated with angina, or cardiac pain. With out a history of injury, you should view this symptom as significant. You should have it looked at today. Remember that females can have very mild symptoms with cardiac disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I'm having pain in my chest on the left side my left arm is going dead and it's hard and it's a sharp stabbing pain and it like the room has no air ?

I'm having pain in my chest on the left side my left arm is going dead and it's hard and it's a sharp stabbing pain  and it like the room has no air ?

Please go to ...: emergency for evaluation right away. Right now. Serious problems like blood clots to the lungs and stroke can happen even to young people so please go. ...Read more

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Dr. Mahesh Allam
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Dr. Andrea Rodgers
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My friend is 43, male and has previously had niggling chest pain, today has woken with stabbing pain in left arm and little finger. What could this be?

My friend is 43, male and has previously had niggling chest pain, today has woken with stabbing pain in left arm and little finger. What could this be?

Chest pain: Any chest pain in a 43 year old male especially with radiation to the left arm needs to be immediately evaluated. Heart attacks can present with those symptoms. Normally the pain with a heart attack is described as heavy and crushing, not niggling and stabbing but I think it is best to be safe. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dillard
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Severe stabbing pain in left arm/shoulder when i drive, open or close door with left hand or put left arm in sleeve. Xray negative for bone spurs, arthritis, etc possibly precipitated by injections?

Severe stabbing pain in left arm/shoulder when i drive, open or close door with left hand or put left arm in sleeve. Xray negative for bone spurs, arthritis, etc    possibly precipitated by injections?

Well, that depends o: You need to see a good ortho or physical rehab doc, and get a diagnosis. It's hard to tell you what is wrong without doing a careful physical exam. That's why we learn how to do these exams and learn the orthopedic tests that we perform on patients to make a diagnosis. Muscle trigger point injections usually do not cause lasting pain, but an injection into the joint might. This could be a rotator. ...Read more

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