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I have lower back pain on both sides and once in a while (every hour or so) I am getting mild shooting pains in my left upper arm. This just started?

I have lower back pain on both sides and once in a while (every hour or so) I am getting mild shooting pains in my left upper arm. This just started?

And: What is your question? Causes of shooting pain in arm not related to lower back. There are conditions that cause both but they cause issues in multiple areas: eg., arthritis, and some not so simple reasons., I would go to your doctor to discuss why this is happening and give them a chance to investigate. Have a wonderful new year! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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BACK Pain under shoulder blade a Little more below it and upper arm pain worser in the morning hard to move. Started next day after moving?

BACK Pain under shoulder blade a Little more below it and upper arm pain worser in the morning hard to move. Started next day after moving?

Myofascial pain?: Myofascial pain connotes pain related to movement and muscles but not with bony abnormality. (http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/313007-overview) Once you are sure your lungs and heart are OK, point treatment with an icecube (white knuckle pressure) and ROM (doing alphabets with finger on imaginary wall in front of you) may help, as may NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, or topicals like arnica. ...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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I am having neck pain, back pain and my arm feels like a weight is on it when I lift it. This is all on my left side. What could this be.

See doctor: After a cardiac cause has been ruled out it is most likely related to a shoulder problem for which an orthopedic referral may be in order. ...Read more

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For 2yrs I couldn't push a shopping cart or my rt arm felt like it was gonna fall off. Then 1 yr ago it chgd to up back pain. My sed is up. Ana+1:640.

For 2yrs I couldn't push a shopping cart or my rt arm felt like it was gonna fall off. Then 1 yr ago it chgd to up back pain. My sed is up. Ana+1:640.

Concerned: There are many remaining questions, but first and foremost I want to know whether you have polymyositis. Probably your physician is in the process of working this out and knows how to continue the testing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have left arm and back pain?

Have left arm and back pain?

Who knows: NO history is provided. This may be from a number of things as it may be related to exercise, job related or viral or infectious in nature. You can use tylenol (acetaminophen) for treatment of pain as safe as long as used as prescribed. Suggest you see a doctor if this has persisted several days.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have left arm shoulder and back pain. What can I do to relieve it?

Depends on cause: These symptoms could be the result of something sinister such as heart problems and should be investigated by your dr, esp. If accompanied by diff breathing, nausea or sweating. Often, though, vertebral or rib problems cause a similar complex & can range from aching to sharp pain. A good history & phys is the only way to determine cause for certain. Osteopathic hands-on exam & treatment could help. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and have been having lower right back pain and not felt well for several weeks, now have pain under my armpit and arm help?

I'm 17 and have been having lower right back pain and not felt well for several weeks, now have pain under my armpit and arm help?

Go see MD: This could be anything from an infection to a kidney stone. Have your parents take you to an urgent care center to evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been having general back pain, with random sharp pains in both shoulder blades. Sometimes my arm hurts after. How can I treat this?

Physical therapy: Physical therapy can often work wonders for this kind of problem. In addition to treating muscle spasms and relieving any pinched nerves they can give you exercises to help lessen the chance that this will happen again. ...Read more

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Yday I had a car accident and now my arm feels week if I lift it upwards or horizontally accompanied by upper central back pain. Did I pull a muscle?

Yday I had a car accident and now my arm feels week if I lift it upwards or horizontally accompanied by upper central back pain. Did I pull a muscle?

Possible: It could be a muscle but please make sure you did not hue yourself more seriously. If the accident was bad, you should seek further care. ...Read more

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Help can back pain cause arm and leg pain?

Help can back pain cause arm and leg pain?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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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've had chronic upper back pain for 3 weeks now With arm pain?

I've had chronic upper back pain for 3 weeks now With arm pain?

See doctor: This has been going on for a while. Since seems to be no better time to see the doctor. ...Read more

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Pain radiating to left arm, nausea and back pain can be a sign of what?

Pain radiating to left arm, nausea and back pain can be a sign of what?

Spine issue: Pain radiating to your extremities is always concerning for a spine problem. Nausea can occur when that pain is severe. Visit your doctor for an evaluation. ...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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Am getting really bad back pain what's going into my chest and normally going down my right arm what is it?

Am getting really bad back pain what's going into my chest and normally going down my right arm what is it?

Cervical radic?: You'll need an examination of the cervical spine and possibly the shoulder joint on the right to look for some type of mechanical obstructions, compressions, or other issues that could be causing your symptoms. If you'd like additional advice or information through a more private 1-1 consult please write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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When I stand my lower back turns inwards. I get back pain. If I stand aganist wall I can fit my whole arm behind it plus more what is it? Treatment?

When I stand my lower back turns inwards. I get back pain. If I stand aganist wall I can fit my whole arm behind it plus more what is it? Treatment?

Lumbar Hyperlordosis: Http://en. M.wikipedia. Org/wiki/lumbar_hyperlordosis. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003278.htm. ...Read more

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Female 37. Upper right back pain, radiates down to arm 5 wks. There's a spot in my right upper back where the pain originates but I can't pinpoint it?

Female 37. Upper right back pain, radiates down to arm 5 wks. There's a spot in my right upper back where the pain originates but I can't pinpoint it?

Google:Back Knobber: Don't fret. This is fairly common, based on what you've described. Usually from an area of stress in the muscle or possibly inflammation of one of the small bursa back there. Very annoying. The pain can radiate into the neck or, less commonly, the arm. It would help to be checked for "trigger points." If there, there are various ways of dealing with it. You could try yourself with a Back Knobber. ...Read more

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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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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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Chest left pain, not sharp, left arm pain with back pain, don't have other simptons, what is this? I have Panic Syndrome : (.

Chest left pain, not sharp, left arm pain with back pain, don't have other simptons, what is this? I have Panic Syndrome : (.

See your PCP ASAP: Pain in your chest that radiates to your left arm is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP is warranted. See your doctor for further investigation, tests and treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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My husband has upper back pain, pain in the chest and a bit in both of his arm pits it only happens at night 2 hours into his sleep.

My husband has upper back pain, pain in the chest and a bit in both of his arm pits it only happens at night 2 hours into his sleep.

Could be his: Sleeping position or from the mattress if it is old not supporting his back. If the back is not supported it can hurt into the armpits and around into the front of the chest all the way around to the middle. Have him try a different sleeping position for certain. If that does not help have him see a doctor for evaluation of his upper spine. But I would bet on the sleeping position or the mattress. ...Read more

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Anxiety/Stress - Can the symptoms be higher BP, arm pit pain, upper back pain? Can it also be triggered by not eating enough through a day?

Anxiety/Stress - Can the symptoms be higher BP, arm pit pain, upper back pain? Can it also be triggered by not eating enough through a day?

Possibly: You need to be seen by a doctor to ensure there is no organic cause for your symptoms. Even though it is possible for anxiety to cause an array of symptoms it is not safe to make that assumption. Evaluation by health care provider needs to be made ...Read more

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I've been having severe back pain, anywhere on back and it sometimes goes into my right arm all the way down to my wrist, what could be wrong?

Need to see neurolog: What you are describing is cervical radiculopathy which usually results from a disc pressing on the nerves in your neck. There are also other possibilities but seeing a neurologist is the next step. ...Read more

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I've back pain. Painful to lift left arm. When I breathe it 's worse. Nurse said 'early stages of pneumonia' without examining me. Could it be right?

Possible, but: Not a good plan to diagnose with minimal information. Back and movement of arms hurt from inflamed fascia which stretches little nerve endings. So does breathing if the fascia is inflamed. Although pneumonia "could " cause this, You failed to mention exposure, fever, cough, sputum and shortness of breath. Suspect it is traumatic and will resolve with ibuprophen Every 4-6 hrs. ...Read more

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Why might my father be complaining of burning back pain that goes from his under arm to his chest?

Why might my father be complaining of burning back pain that goes from his under arm to his chest?

Many causes: Pain in the chest may be due to heart problems, lung problems, rib problems, intercostal nerve problems, or post herpetic neuralgia. Did he have any vesicular rashes under his arm recently? ...Read more

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Back pain around right shoulder blade when moving shoulder/arm.

Back pain around right shoulder blade when moving shoulder/arm.

Varies: There are many potential causes. Among one of the more common is a subscapular bursitis, in a bursa underneath the shoulder blade can become inflamed and cause symptoms similar to what you describe. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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