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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

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Thoracic (Upper Back) Strain (Definition)

Discomfort or pain in the back at the level of the rib cage to the neck. Although upper back pain is not as common as lower back pain, the causes are often the same and include muscle strain or irritation (most common), injury to the spine leading to slipped disc or degeneration, or the pinching of a nerve in the back. ...Read more


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Have been having upper back pain for weeks now. Today it went into my neck and all down my right arm into my thumb.

Have been having upper back pain for weeks now. Today it went into my neck and all down my right arm into my thumb.

Nerve pain: Neck and back pain with radiation to arm might represent a nerve pain. It can be from either spinal stenosis, or ruptured disc, or nerve impingement. .. The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It might include strengthening exercise, physical therapy, medication, injections. ..
You should seek help from a pain specialist for evaluation. ...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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Am healthy. Had slight upper back pain for 2 months. Now have slight neck crepitus and occasional numbness of right arm in mornings. Posture related?

Am healthy. Had slight upper back pain for 2 months. Now have slight neck crepitus and occasional numbness of right arm in mornings. Posture related?

No: Continue exercising and loosen up your mildly arthritic neck-possible from an old injury. Arm numbness may be from positioning of your arm at night -the exact problem depends on where the numbness is. Carpal tunnel will affect several but not all fingers. Elbow nerve entrapment will affect the little finger side, vascular and nerve will affect larger areas. ...Read more

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Upper back pain radiating to the front and nausea. What does this sound like?

Not spine problem: This does not sound like primary back problem but rather a referred pain to your back. Typically back problem do not cause nausea. Possible GI problems such as peptic ulcer disease or similar things may be the cause. ...Read more

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I am having sudden severe radiating upper back pain radiating sometimes to both shoulders. Sometime back I was having dizziness and shortness of breat?

Be seen: Your symptoms could be a number of things of which a more detailed history and physical examination would be very helpful in assessment. Best to visit your local doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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35 y/o female w/ history high chol & fam history of cad, upper back pain radiating to shoulder blades, indigestion, chest discomfort for 1 wk. Treadmill stress?

35 y/o female w/ history high chol & fam history of cad, upper back pain radiating to shoulder blades, indigestion, chest discomfort for 1 wk. Treadmill stress?

See your doctor for: An evaluation so the appropriate testing and recommendations can be made. There could be one or several reasons for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Upper back pain which goes down both arms and into neck?

Upper back pain which goes down both arms and into neck?

Worrisome: Acute pain in neck & pain radiating to both arms raises concern for cervical spine integrity. If a mechanical neck injury has occurred, then urgent evaluation is indicated as are imaging studies to rule cervical spine disorder that is impinging the spinal cord &/or cervical nerves transiting to the arms. Is very serious if either arm is weak. ...Read more

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Extreme upper back pain for 3 days it hurts to move especially if I move my neck down/move my arms what would cause this and what do I do to treat it?

Extreme upper back pain for 3 days it hurts to move especially if I move my neck down/move my arms what would cause this and what do I do to treat it?

Ans: You are very young. Need a good history. Did you have any injury? Do you exercise or do heavy lifting? Best to see a doctor for a good history and examination ...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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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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8 months upper back pain. First it would wrap to chest, now just on sholder and down arm when walking. Can it be spinal cord or muscle injury.

Yes: Pain that begins in the upper back and then runs down the arm is usually some form if nerve impingment or irritation in the spine. Consider being seen if it does not get better. ...Read more

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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

Neck pain: The neck pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The pain in the shoulder and upper back might be a refer pain.
I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider (pain management doctor, physiatrist, neurologist, spine surgeon...) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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Fingertips twisting outwards, lower back pain into front of both thighs and knees, shooting pains upper back & pain down shoulders, arms wrists, hands?

Fingertips twisting outwards, lower back pain into front of both thighs and knees, shooting pains upper back & pain down shoulders, arms wrists, hands?

Back/neck pain: If you have arthritis in the low back, then you likely have arthritis in the neck too. The nerve pain can be relieved with neuropathic pain medications. Anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer medications can relieve the pain related to the joints, tendons and muscles of the spine. Stretching exercises, physical therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may help too. ...Read more

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Iam 34 old woman I smoke, have ache in upper back pain in shoulder down to elbow and sometimes to hand do you think its lung cancer?

Iam 34 old woman I smoke, have ache in upper back pain in shoulder down to elbow and sometimes to hand do you think its lung cancer?

It's possible: You should be seen by a health care professional, get interviewed, examined, and possibly have a chest x-ray. Lung cancer is rare at your age, but can occur.

You should stop smoking. Please get professional help if you are unable to do it on your own. ...Read more

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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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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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Doesn't make sense to have upper back pain rading into hand and under arm?

Doesn't make sense to have upper back pain rading into hand and under arm?

Referred pain: When a nerve is irritated, it is possible to have discomfort at any point along the nerve and within the muscles that it controls. All nerves have roots that come from the spinal cord- it is not uncommon to have back pain hand, and or arm pain that is all related. A neurologist or physiatrist can help to sort this out. ...Read more

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Upper back pain that spreads to chest and arms, heart related?

Probably not but: Further evaluation with your physician is indicated. ...Read more

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Upper back pain that spreads to chest and arms. Is this heart related?

Upper back pain that spreads to chest and arms. Is this heart related?

Atypical pain: What are you waiting for. Not only heart related but major blood vessel related problems could cause such symptoms. On the other hand cervical herniated disc could be a cause. Check asap. ...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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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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While I sleep, I begin to feel upper back pain, and numbness in my arms. The numbness switches from arm to arm when I roll, and stops, when I sit up.?

Maybe neck problem: Arm numbness may be the way it is positioned, affecting circulation of nerves. But the upper back pain along with it suggests a neck problem. Check with your primary provider or a neck (spinal) specialist for a check up. ...Read more

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Mri done, 4 bulging disc in my neck. Could this be the cause of my shoulder, upper back pain, and arm pain? Could the disc be touching a nerve?

Mri done, 4 bulging disc in my neck. Could this be the cause of my shoulder, upper back pain, and arm pain? Could the disc be touching a nerve?

Neck pain: The bulging discs could be the source of the pain. Generally, neck exercises, physical therapy and chiropractic care can eliminate the pain. Headaches can also be caused by poor alignment and bulging discs in the neck. ...Read more

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Fem33 - Left chest and upper back pain (sometimes in shoulder and arm) for 3 months. LDL 3.69 HDL 1.74. Normal Ecocardiogram + 3xecg + ecg s-test.???

Fem33 - Left chest and upper back pain (sometimes in shoulder and arm) for 3 months. LDL 3.69 HDL 1.74. Normal Ecocardiogram + 3xecg + ecg s-test.???

Pain: Musculoskeletal causes are quite consistent with and common with what you describe. Ask your doctor what the cause of the symptoms is. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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