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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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A 21 year old girl who does weight lifting. Neck and shoulder pain with tingling down right arm anf thumb and index finger. Pain and tinglimg and slig?

A 21 year old girl who does weight lifting. Neck and shoulder pain with tingling down right arm anf thumb and index finger. Pain and tinglimg and slig?

Neck pain and: Tingliing may be a sign of cervical spine invovlement. Other issues are shoulder instability that hurts locally and casues tingling down the arm. Or two independent issues such as neck muscle strain and carpal tunnel, both there but 2 separate conditons that come on at the same time. ...Read more

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What causes shoulder pain and finger numbness? The pain is really bad and my arm is almost immobile.

Shoulder instability: Due to a variety of causes, previous trauma, muscle weakness or injury. Loose ligaments are some causes. An unstable shoulder can give a feeling of apprehension when in certain positions and make the arm feel " dead". There are other explanations too. See an orthopedic surgeon . It's not normal for a 22 year old to feel this. ...Read more

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R shoulder pain due to skiing for weeks.Physio=no help.Tingling feeling in fingers.Cant lift arm up or backwards.Pulls in neck+whole arm. Help?

R shoulder pain due to skiing for weeks.Physio=no help.Tingling feeling in fingers.Cant lift arm up or backwards.Pulls in neck+whole arm. Help?

See specialist: If you have not already, you should see a shoulder orthopedic specialist. If you have not had an MRI recently, that may be indicated. Please discuss this with your doctor/the specialist. ...Read more

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Alot of neck and shoulder pain with extreme tingling and numbness in arm and four fingers. Headaches as well. 7 weeks now. ?

Alot of neck and shoulder pain with extreme tingling and numbness in arm and four fingers. Headaches as well.  7 weeks now. ?

Your neck: Thank you for the question. There are many potential causes, but among the most common is the irritation of a nerve in the neck. The term "cervical radiculopathy" refers to the pain that can run don the arm into the neck from a nerve irritation in the neck. Uusally a phyxical exam and appropraite imaging studies can diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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For a week I have had occasional left shoulder pain, left upper arm pain, and tingling fingers at night. Could these signal a heart attack coming?

For a week I have had occasional left shoulder pain, left upper arm pain, and tingling fingers at night. Could these signal a heart attack coming?

Nerve: It is more likely that you have nerve entrapment referrable to a neck disk bulging. A neurologist could evaluate you for this. To look for coronary artery blockage, a maximal treadmill stress test is the best test for you. I think your symptoms are more likely from the neck rather than the heart. ...Read more

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I have arm pain and i'm not sure what it is i'm 22 yrs. Old and i've been having right hand/arm/shoulder pain since may of this year. It started out as feeling like an issue will the ulnar nerve but now my pinky and ring finger don't get numb. It's an ove

I have arm pain and i'm not sure what it is i'm 22 yrs. Old and i've been having right hand/arm/shoulder pain since may of this year. It started out as feeling like an issue will the ulnar nerve but now my pinky and ring finger don't get numb. It's an ove

Check the neck: Its important to establish a diagnosis. Hand/arm/shoulder pain could be referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Therefore proper diagnosis is essential to stopping the pain. See an orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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