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Does cervical stenosis usually get worse with time? And can it cause upper back ache and left arm to hurt some?

Does cervical stenosis usually get worse with time? And can it cause upper back ache and left arm to hurt some?

Sometimes: Spinal stenosis is usually an age related condition with specific relationship to degenerative changes in the spine which are ongoing with increasing age. Most are treated non operatively if symptoms present which can include pain in the region as well as pain in a limb. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on left side that also causes left arm pain above elbow. I fell 7 months ago and primary doc says muscle. Can my back muscle hurt this long? I can not do physical activities bc of pain

Upper back pain on left side that also causes left arm pain above elbow. I fell 7 months ago and primary doc says muscle. Can my back muscle hurt this long? I can not do physical activities bc of pain

Upper back pain: If the pain has been ongoing for the past seven months and persists despite physical therapy then it is likely not a pulled muscle. Pain that limits physical activities warrants imaging of the cervical and thoracic spine. See a spine specialist to find the cause and to develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can cervical disc buldge in c4-c6 with narrowing cause upper back pain cramp radiating to chest and left arm? Pain in back is like charlie horse.

Absolutely: Yes, a disc problem in the neck can cause neck pain, headaches, and pain or numbness that runs into the arm. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Left arm ache&sharp pains around my upper back, chest and other arm. I'm worried and want to know if I should get checked. History of neck problems.

Left arm ache&sharp pains around my upper back, chest and other arm. I'm worried and want to know if I should get checked. History of neck problems.

Yes: Even though young (19-year-old) females rarely have heart attacks, they still do. The history of neck problems, may be able to explain the cause of your pain. However, young females still do have heart attacks, and the most concerning fact is that you are worried. A heart attack can become dangerous in minutes. You should speak with your doctor immediately, if this is not possible, call 911. ...Read more

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Does cervical steonisis cause upper back pain and left arm to be sore at times?

Maybe: Cervical stenosis is caused by the opening in the vertebras of the neck being too small to allow the spinal cord to move freely. A nerve may be pinched as it comes off the main cord, and cause back pain, especially upper back and arm pain. Please see your doctor to have an exam and maybe some imaging to help figure it out. ...Read more

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Can wearing bra for 16 hours cause chest and back ache? My left arm also has dull ache occasionally. It's been almost a day. What could be the cause?

Can wearing bra for 16 hours cause chest and back ache? My left arm also has dull ache occasionally. It's been almost a day. What could be the cause?

Does it fit?: Wearing a bra should not cause arm, chest and back pain. We can not really determine the cause of pain in this setting in an individual. Schedule a visit with a primary care doctor for a full evaluation. ...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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Can loss of lordosis cause left ear pain, with back pain and left arm pain?

Can loss of lordosis cause left ear pain, with back pain and left arm pain?

No: Loss of lordosis itself could not cause ear pain directly. If you have a herniated disc in your neck, however, this may lead to severe neck and arm pain, spasm, and a loss of cervical lordosis. Consider an MRI if you continue to have problems. ...Read more

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Upper back pain left side arm pain rib pain all on left side for 20 days now. Been experiencing heavy heart beat when lieing down. I'm 19 male?

Upper back pain left side arm pain rib pain all on left side for 20 days now. Been experiencing heavy heart beat when lieing down. I'm 19 male?

Go see your doctor: There are a lot of things that could cause these symptoms. Go see your doctor to examine you and figure out what could be causing yours. It could be things as simple as panic attacks, to things as significant as emergency heart related problems. ...Read more

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Upper back pain going into chest. Left dull leg and arm pain too. Usually when doing housework. Can touch where it hurts on my spine. Is this heart?

Upper back pain going into chest. Left dull leg and arm pain too. Usually when doing housework. Can touch where it hurts on my spine. Is this heart?

Less likely the hear: Less likely this is from your heart. Could be just muscular, it is rare but possible a thoracic disc herniation. You should see your pcp and get it checked out. ...Read more

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I get shoulder pain, left arm pain, back pain and heartburn. I'm worried about a heart attack. It happens every day though. What could it be?

I get shoulder pain, left arm pain, back pain and heartburn. I'm worried about a heart attack. It happens every day though. What could it be?

Multiple: Many things are possible, but the heart attack will harm you the most. See a doc, get thatruled out, then they will look for stomach ulcer, gerd, esosphagitis, herniated disc in neck, etc. ...Read more

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I am experiencing lower back pain both left and right, upper back pain, leg pain, arm pain and frequent urinating. Do I have kidney prob?

I am experiencing lower back pain both left and right, upper back pain, leg pain, arm pain and frequent urinating. Do I have kidney prob?

Could be: A urine test may answer the question for you. Of course, if you wait a little longer you could also get fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, burning on urination, urgency, incontinence, and bleeding in the urine but you'd save on having to go in now...whaddya think? Make a call to your doctor's office....go on...do it now...you'll be glad you did! And tell 'em--- Dr Dar sent 'ya. ...Read more

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What can cause sharp intense upper back pain radiating down left arm?

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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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 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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Chest, upper back and left arm pain. ECG report show nothing. Heart beat is faster than normal. It is heart related problem or some thing related to anxiety?

Chest, upper back and left arm pain. ECG report show nothing. Heart beat is faster than normal. It is heart related problem or some thing related to anxiety?

Possible: There is no perfect test, and it is possible to have heart pain with a normal ECG. Best to also check blood tests with this, and consider other tests such as a stress test if symptoms persistent. Anxiety however is still a possibility, especially with the stress you may be under dealing the the earthquake. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have upper back pain, chest pain and pain at top of left arm, I smoked for 20 yr, quit 5 weeks ago, could I have lung cancer?

Multiple causes: Your symptoms could be due to anything, simple muscular to heart disease.
Try simple conservative treatment with over the counter pain relievers for a couple of weeks before going to the doctor. ...Read more

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Severe upper back pain progressing over months, left arm weakness, worse at night- clear t-spine MRI w/o contrast- could it have missed something?

Severe upper back pain progressing over months, left arm weakness, worse at night- clear t-spine MRI w/o contrast- could it have missed something?

C spine problem?: Has your cervical spine been checked?
Left arm symptoms are much more commonly related to cervical spine disc and degenerative
problems than thoracic problems.
Get a good exam of the cervical spine and left shoulder.
You may need a cervical MRI and NCV study to localized etiology. ...Read more

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I went to the ER with severe left arm and upper back pain the ER Dr said my D dimer was slightly elevated but CT scan was normal. What an this mean?

I went to the ER with severe left arm and upper back pain the ER Dr said my D dimer was slightly elevated but CT scan was normal. What an this mean?

Follow up needed: D dimer and CT angiogram are used to help diagnose pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung). No test is foolproof, so if symptoms persist, follow up with your doctor is essential. Sever left arm and upper back pain are concerning symptoms and may signal heart disease. Best to see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Left arm feels numbish and heavy. Upper back pain. Good EKG, heart enzymes, chest xray a month ago. Went for run today and was fine. Heart issue? 21yr

Left arm feels numbish and heavy. Upper back pain. Good EKG, heart enzymes, chest xray a month ago. Went for run today and was fine. Heart issue? 21yr

See doctor: If you're left arm is feeling numb and heavy right now, its prudent to be evaluated now. If it always feel heavy then waiting is okay. Left arm heaviness, jaw tightness, chest pain, is cardiac until proven otherwise. Although, both left arm heaviness and numbness, upper back pain may be caused by sleeping in awkward position or even reflux but its better safe than sorry ...Read more

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I have recently developed very sensitive skin. It started on my lower left arm and is now across my upper back. Sore to touch but no rash visible.?

I have recently developed very sensitive skin. It started on my lower left arm and is now across my upper back. Sore to touch but no rash visible.?

See a doctor: Your sensitive skin may be a sign of a more serious medical condition and should be evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. Contact your doctor right away to set an appointment. ...Read more

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