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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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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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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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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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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 (ibuprofen) can help. If the pain increases or becomes constant, consider a HealthTap Concierge video visit for further advice. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain in left upper arm. Hurts to move. Should I use a sling?

Stabbing pain in left upper arm. Hurts to move. Should I use a sling?

Shoulder pain: I recommend you avoid use of a sling for shoulder pain. A sling promotes stiffness, which in and of itself can lead to increased pain. Try ice, nsaids, and maintain flexibility. If no improvement in a couple of weeks, consult with an orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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If you have a stabbing pain in the lower left arm, does this mean heart attack?

If you have a stabbing pain in the lower left arm, does this mean heart attack?

Can be: There can be many causes to have pain in the left arm. A heart attack is just one cause of many. If you are having these symptoms, you should see a doctor asap to get checked out. Go to an er if you do not have a doctor. ...Read more