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My wife has severe arm pain in bothnarms, and burning as well from her shoulders to her fingers. Also muscle cramps in both arms. Leg spasms. Help!?

My wife has severe arm pain in bothnarms, and burning as well from her shoulders to her fingers. Also muscle cramps in both arms. Leg spasms. Help!?

Herniated disc: This may be caused by a herniated disc in the cervical spine. She should see a spine specialist. An MRI may be appropriate. ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Atfer 5 mins of aerobic exercise ive felt muscle pain left arm. I rest and exercise again for 10 mins. Left arm pain did not occur again. Angina?

Atfer 5 mins of aerobic exercise ive felt muscle pain left arm. I rest and exercise again for 10 mins. Left arm pain did not occur again. Angina?

Unlikely: Angina is recurrent and occurs in the setting of coronary artery disease or coronary spasm. Your age group has low risk for CAD and your history is inadequate to suggest existence. May seek evaluation ...Read more

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Atfer 5 mins of aerobic exercise ive felt muscle pain left arm. I rest and exercise again for 10 mins. Left arm pain did not occur again. Heart prob?

Atfer 5 mins of aerobic exercise ive felt muscle pain left arm. I rest and exercise again for 10 mins. Left arm pain did not occur again. Heart prob?

Not likely: If the pain did not recur on resuming exercise, it is unlikely to be due to heart problem. Keep up the exercise and increase the intensity gradually, as lolerated. ...Read more

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After 5 mins of aerobic exercise ive felt muscle pain left arm. I rest and exercise again for 10 mins. Left arm pain did not occur again. Heart atack?

After 5 mins of aerobic exercise ive felt muscle pain left arm. I rest and exercise again for 10 mins. Left arm pain did not occur again. Heart atack?

At 29 years of age: The odds are in your favor, but I see under your "Conditions" you have listed coronary artery disease. If you've already had a heart attack or diagnosed with CAD - which is exceptionally rare - I wouldn't mess around with exertional based left arm pain. Review this with your doc. ...Read more

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Atfer 5 mins of aerobic exercise ive felt muscle pain left arm. I rest and exercise again for 10 mins. Left arm pain did not occur again. Heart atack?

Atfer 5 mins of aerobic exercise ive felt muscle pain left arm. I rest and exercise again for 10 mins. Left arm pain did not occur again. Heart atack?

Unlikely: Given your age, it is unlikely that a heart attack would present with left arm pain. Chest Pain would be the first complaint. If this happens frequently it might be worth getting it checked out. ...Read more

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Persistent right side chest to arm pain for 8days. Ecg normal, muscle pain killers/creams not helping. Sometimes pain is on left side. What is this?

Persistent right side chest to arm pain for 8days. Ecg normal, muscle pain killers/creams not helping. Sometimes pain is on left side. What is this?

Many possible: Diagnoses could explain your symptoms. At your age and sex and with a normal EKG and with the pain migrating it is unlikely to be anything serious. It is most likely musculo-skeletal. Potentially blood clots, bleeding or systemic inflammatory diseases could cause your symptoms. It would seem reasonable to get checked out by a health care professional. ...Read more

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What could cause me to have upper arm pain in both arms mostly at night? Pain that keeps me awake. I'm in good shape and doubt due to activity.

What could cause me to have upper arm pain in both arms mostly at night? Pain that keeps me awake. I'm in good shape and doubt due to activity.

Neck: To involve both arms, unless there really is problem in each arm separately, it is best to explain from the root that goes to both arms and that's the neck. Have your neck examined. When you lay down, the position of your spine changes and could be compressing the nerves that go to both arms. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Muscle pain in both arms & legs, legs feel antsy when I lay down, arms feel numb and fingers tingaly at times, tired, frequent headaches. Any ideas?

Muscle pain in both arms & legs, legs feel antsy when I lay down, arms feel numb and fingers tingaly at times, tired, frequent headaches. Any ideas?

List is long: The list of possible causes is very long. Psychological, endocrine, neurologic, electrolyte imbalance, muscular issues to name just a few. If symptoms persist, best to see your doctor for evaluation of your symptoms. Sorry this was not more helpful. Best of luck with this. Let us know how things turn out. Dr. R ...Read more

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I have increasing muscle pain and weakness in both arms and back of neck for about a month now. What can cause this.?

Lots of choices: Stress, overuse, spasm, electrolyte imbalance, etc. Needs a good history and exam by your dr or urgent care to narrow down and make good treatment plan. For short term, can try local heat, but don't postpone dr visit. ...Read more

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I'm on Lipitor (atorvastatin) they reduced it from 20mg to 10 now and I still feel muscle pain I feel it in both arms and I feel chest soreness is it the pill?

Possibly: Statin drugs can definitely cause muscle pain. This occurs for multiple reasons. One mechanism is that statins reduce the endogenous production of coq10, a vital anti-oxidant and important component of energy producing processes within the mitochondria inside your cells. If you take Lipitor (atorvastatin) you should definitely also take coq-10. ...Read more

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Usually just have joint pain. Sle. Recently both arms/hands go numb/tingling. Muscle pain all over body. Severe in arms. Possible causes?

Usually just have joint pain. Sle. Recently both arms/hands go numb/tingling. Muscle pain all over body. Severe in arms. Possible causes?

See your physcian: As this could be related to your sle and it could be progressing to affect peripheral nerves as it sometimes does. This could also lead to raynauds and there will be specific treatments to this as well. Discuss with you physician what acute med options are right for you and to prevent issues with raynauds. ...Read more

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I have severe arm pain on both arms right after I sneeze. Should I consult a doctor about this?

Brachial plexus: If the physical exam your doctor performs does not reveal anything, and your neck is free of disk disease on imaging studies like mri, this could be caused by sudden stretches of brachial plexus with violent sneezing, especially if your interscalene muscles are chronically tight and achy. ...Read more

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What could be causing my arm pain and twitching in both arms and legs?

Several things: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Bilateral arm pain I have been experiiencing pain in both arms at different times for the last few weeks. The pain is either achey or sharp and shoots down my arm (left arm). My right arm feels like it has a blood pressure cuff on it sometimes. Like I sai

Radiculopathy: Radiating arm pain and a feeling of tightness are common symptoms of radiculpathy... Stemming from compression on the nerve root (s) in your neck. It can be due to a disc bulge- or herniation, slight instability or deformity or bone-spur formation and arthritis... Physical therapy with cervical traction can help, including exercises and anti-inflammaroties. Try that for few weeks to see how it goes. ...Read more

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What could be a major arm pain in both arms?

What could be a major arm pain in both arms?

Cervical disc: A central bulging disc can put pressure on the nerve to both arms giving you your findings. You need to see a spine surgeon. ...Read more

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What can my sister do if she has severe arm pain and numbness in both arms?

What can my sister do if she has severe arm pain and numbness in both arms?

Numbness main pinch: Nerve above the area is numb, when you numbness in both arms this the problem is in the neck check it out, . ...Read more

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What could cause severe arm pain in both arms from shoulder to wrist. I can barely lift them up. No strenuous exercise but I sleep on a couch.

Varies: There are numerous potential causes and a detailed exam and appropriate studies would likely determine the cause. Abnormalities in the vascular, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems can all potentially cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Can risperdal cause arm pain in both arms? I had high prolactin during this time too because of risperdal.

No: Risperdal does not cause limb pain, especially pain in both arms. Cause is different and would be wise to check the underlying etiology. ...Read more

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I have arm pain in both arms almost every day. I get sharp pains depending on the angle/weight I put on them. The pain shoots from my shoulder to elbow?

I have arm pain in both arms almost every day. I get sharp pains depending on the angle/weight I put on them. The pain shoots from my shoulder to elbow?

Radiating pain: Down b oth arms requires an extensive examination and evaluation of your cervical spine as well as testing for underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. ...Read more

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A 1.8 CM slip of L5-S1. Cracking sounds in neck when I turn my head. Arm pain in both arms. Blood work was normal. Are neck and back related? Arthritis?

A 1.8 CM slip of L5-S1. Cracking sounds in neck when I turn my head. Arm pain in both arms. Blood work was normal. Are neck and back related? Arthritis?

Degenerative arthrit: It sound as though you may have degenerative arthritis though other forms of arthritis may not have blood markers so a trip to a rheumatologist is in order. You did not mention your age or occupation as these may be factors. ...Read more

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I was just suddenly sick with sever pains in my chest feeling like being crushed also pain down both arms. And my arm muscles tighter to the pocouldii?

You need to be seen: Crushing chest pain could be a serious emergency. You have very complex pain problems and only someone who knows you could treat this new pain problem. If that person is unavailable, then you could seek help with someone else today and ask for consultation with your pain specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Worked out three times no problem. Then went walking and muscle spasms between shoulder blade happened again. Upper arm pain and tingling Why?

Worked out three times no problem. Then went walking and muscle spasms between shoulder blade happened again. Upper arm pain and tingling Why?

Superior trapezius: 40's yo female with new three-time set of physical workouts has mid-scapular pain & "upper arm tingling". Rhomboid major muscle spasms seem likely explanation for the mid-scapular pain. Attendant Superior trapezius muscle spasm can evoke ipsilateral shoulder parasthesia. ...Read more

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I am having right arm pain, inside upper arm, between elbow and shoulder. Could this be an overuse injury of muscles from constant use of my ipad?

I am having right arm pain, inside upper arm, between elbow and shoulder. Could this be an overuse injury of muscles from constant use of my ipad?

Possible: This is possible especially if you hold the weight of the device with that arm or if you hold the arm close to the chest. Rest should help you figure it out. ...Read more

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I did an arm workout 3 days ago and have had progressive upper arm tricep muscle weakness, aching, swelling, hurts to move & flex my arm. Pain 7/10.?

I did an arm workout 3 days ago and have had progressive upper arm tricep muscle weakness, aching, swelling, hurts to move & flex my arm. Pain 7/10.?

Rhabdomyolysis: Rhabdo is a breakdown of muscle that can occur after a heavy workout. It can be worsened by taking an NSAID such as ibuprofen. If your urine has turned dark, please see your primary care provider immediately. In the mean time, drink plenty of water to keep your kidneys flushed out. ...Read more

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Strong ache under the arm pit on the chest side radiated later to the shoulder blade, then down to make a band on the left upper arm. Pain stronger when standing. Nothing done to cause muscle strain.

Strong ache under the arm pit on the chest side radiated later to the shoulder blade, then down to make a band on the left upper arm. Pain stronger when standing. Nothing done to cause muscle strain.

Go to the hospital: The symptoms you describe are very concerning given your age. Without something that makes you think of a muscle strain, this is even more concerning. If you are short of breath, nauseated, have palpitations or are sweaty, please seek care immediately. Call 911. This can be a heart attack or a problem with your aorta. I hope it is neither of those things, but you should be seen asap to be sure. ...Read more

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For 13 months I've had all over muscle twitching & left upper arm pain, last 2 mos I've had a lot of twitching/intermittent pain in ears & throat-help!

For 13 months I've had all over muscle twitching & left upper arm pain, last 2 mos I've had a lot of twitching/intermittent pain in ears & throat-help!

Evaluation: Please get checked by a neurologist quickly. Muscle twitching (or fasiculations) particularly if it is affecting the throat as well can be a significant neurologic problem such as als. ...Read more

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