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Why does my left arm hurt when I cough?

Why does my left arm hurt when I cough?

Cough ; arm pain: Hello, you will need to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. He/she will want to order a ct or MRI to check for disc impingement of a brachial nerve. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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My left arm hurts when I cough and so does my back?

My left arm hurts when I cough and so does my back?

Explanation: It means your cough is heavy and deep. I hope you take some medicine for cough relief available in your country. Maybe you need antibiotics as well. Go to doctor, please. ...Read more

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I'm 32 I smoke it hurts my left arm when I cough shooting pains and numbness...

Pain: Women can have atypical symptoms of heart disease. You are young but you smoke which increases your risk for heart disease even without other risk factors. Make an appt to see your doctor and start devising your smoking cessation plan! ...Read more

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Pain developed in left shoulder blade/down left arm/4 days ago. Now it really hurts down the back of left arm, when I cough. It comes in waves.

Pain developed in left shoulder blade/down left arm/4 days ago. Now it really hurts down the back of left arm, when I cough. It comes in waves.

Pinched nerve: Because patients having cardiac problems can have these symptoms, you should have this ruled out. But the most common cause is an irritation of a nerve in the neck by a bone spur or herniation that can cause pain or numbness that runs down the arm into the hand. An MRI can usually show the cause of the problem if it does not resolve. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What would cause congestion a cough a fever running back wards and left arm to hurt them and a lfeeling like there chocking?

What would cause congestion a cough a fever running back wards and left arm to hurt them and a lfeeling like there chocking?

Many things: A fever running backwards? I think you need to check with your doctor to check labs, look at your throat, listen to your chest, possibly with chest xray. I would need more information to narrow this down. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain left side of chest 1-2 ribs below breast. Started yesterday. Noticed some small swelling today that is sensitive to touch. Hurts to breathe, raise left arm, bend, twist, cough, laugh. 36 y/o male. Was driving when it hit suddenly and

Sharp stabbing pain left side of chest 1-2 ribs below breast. Started yesterday. Noticed some small swelling today that is sensitive to touch. Hurts to breathe, raise left arm, bend, twist, cough, laugh. 36 y/o male. Was driving when it hit suddenly and

Go see ur FamilyDoc: Sensitivity to touch makes me think of zoster/shingles (http://goo. Gl/TaqS6s). Without that, I think of pleurisy which could due to pneumonia. Perhaps you overdid one of your upper body exercise routines (although this shouldn't usually cause pleurisy or painful breathing). Bottom line, you need to see your Family Doc for complete & thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Why would my whole upper left side be in pain? I had a tetanus-whupping cough vaccination yesterday afternoon in the upper part of my left arm

Why would my whole upper left side be in pain? I had a tetanus-whupping cough vaccination yesterday afternoon in the upper part of my left arm

Vaccine reaction: If you got your vaccine in the left arm, it is probably a vaccine reaction. Ice the area and keep it mobile. Ibuprofen is likely to be helpful. If the problem worsens, see your physician. ...Read more

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Whenever I sneeze, cough or move my left arm I get a chest pain at the upper left side, what could it be? Is it cardio related?

Musculoskeletal: Your discomfort sounds musculoskeletal, not heart. It could be due to a muscle strain/sprain, inflammation, etc. If the pain does not get better in a few days, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. Good luck!!! ...Read more

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Have shoulder pain in left arm while and after I cough. Had cough and cold since a week. Don't have cold now but mild cough. Still taking cough syrup?

Have shoulder pain in left arm while and after I cough. Had cough and cold since a week. Don't have cold now but mild cough. Still taking cough syrup?

Cervical arthritis: Common cause of these complaints is a neck problem- cervical arthritis or disc injury. Coughing will bring these out. The relationship is frequent and not something to worry about. This may be an early warning that you need professionally focused upper body exercise that avoids neck strain. Cough should be checked if it continues past next week. Rx controls any cough-even TB. ...Read more

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Palps, chestpain, left arm pain, cough. Negative ECG, echo, 7daymonitor, stressECG, MRI, X-ray. Etc. But symptoms improve with Diltiazem. What is it?

Palps, chestpain, left arm pain, cough. Negative ECG, echo, 7daymonitor, stressECG, MRI, X-ray. Etc. But symptoms improve with Diltiazem. What is it?

Head!!!: When you have a episode of palpitation go to ER or doctors office to have EKG checked if normal It might be all in the head... :) you might be suffering from anxiety disorder (perhaps too much stress in your life). Avoid caffeine and alcohol in excess. Drink plenty of fluids - remain well hydrated, exercise and eat healthy. Check thyroid hormone levels and blood work for anemia. ...Read more

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I've had a morning cough for a month. Never any flu symptoms. Now my left arm goes numb when I lie down. Cancer? Had clear chest X-ray 6 months ago

I've had a morning cough for a month. Never any flu symptoms. Now my left arm goes numb when I lie down. Cancer? Had clear chest X-ray 6 months ago

Cancer?: Doubtful especially with a normal chest radiograph in the last 6 months. The cough and the left arm are probably 2 separate conditions. I would start with your PCP or see an ENT/pulmonologist for the cough. See an orthopaedic doc for the left arm. ...Read more

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Lightheaded and tight chest with pain in my left arm. Cbc & ekgs normal. Had an echo and haven't heard back about it. Heart skips and makes me cough.

Lightheaded and tight chest with pain in my left arm. Cbc & ekgs normal. Had an echo and haven't heard back about it. Heart skips and makes me cough.

Arythmia: Please follow up with ECHO results. Maybe atrial or ventricular arrhythmia need further assessment discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Lightheaded and tight chest with pain in my left arm. Cbc & ekgs normal. Had an echo and haven't heard back about it. Heart skips and makes me cough.

Lightheaded and tight chest with pain in my left arm. Cbc & ekgs normal. Had an echo and haven't heard back about it. Heart skips and makes me cough.

Work with MD: Perhaps your doctor will give you a monitor to wear for 35 hours. That will clearly define what the skips mean. I bet they are benign. Work with your doctor ...Read more

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Started with a racing heart feeling & slight panic w/fatigue. Now have discomfort in left arm like I slept on it & feeling of blood rushing to head & ears feel muffled at times. Got a dry cough. BP 105/70 resting HR 83 & 113/65 standing w/HR 99bpm?

Started with a racing heart feeling & slight panic w/fatigue. Now have discomfort in left arm like I slept on it & feeling of blood rushing to head & ears feel muffled at times. Got a dry cough. BP 105/70 resting HR 83 & 113/65 standing w/HR 99bpm?

Racing heart/panic: With the limited information available, a lot could be done to figure out the root cause of your problem. Thyroid comes to mind. May want to get checked out for prolapse of the mitral valve as well. A thorough history and physical and, in the correct context, some basic blood work and imaging studies should be revealing. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was kicked by a horse a week ago in the center of my back. My back has healed but I have pain and tingling in my left arm. Hurts worse when coughing?

I was kicked by a horse a week ago in the center of my back. My back has healed but I have pain and tingling in my left arm. Hurts worse when coughing?

Back injury: Can lead to arm and/or leg pain and sensations depending on what part of the spine was traumatized. Nerves that come out of the spine bring sensation to the arms and legs. Please see your doctor to make sure that all is well. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've had some chest pain and some pain in my left arm. My right eye got real blurry and I couldn't see out of it. My stomach also hurts and I am coughing up clear. What couldbe the reason?

I've had some chest pain and some pain in my left arm. My right eye got real blurry and I couldn't see out of it. My stomach also hurts and I am coughing up clear. What couldbe the reason?

See your doctor: Your symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with your doctor as soon as you can. Things that can cause pains in chest and ribcage include heartburn, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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Why does my left arm hurt everytime I put on a shirt.?

Muscle strain: You may have injured a muscle or strained one. When you put on a shirt you have to twist the arm and in the process if there is an injured muscle it will hurt. If it doesn't get better see your doctor. Maybe you can remember doing something to injure the arm or to strain it. ...Read more

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Why does my left arm hurt so much after a lumpectomy a year ago, chemo and radiation? What can cause this?

Why does my left arm hurt so much after a lumpectomy a year ago, chemo and radiation? What can cause this?

Surgery under arm?: Did you have any surgery under the arm (lymph node biopsy or axillary dissection)? Did you get radiation to the underarm/axilla? These can contribute to the discomfort. You may want to contact your surgeon and get evaluated at a lymphedema clinic. ...Read more

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Ekg came back good so heart is fine right? If so then why does my left arm hurt all the time

Ekg came back good so heart is fine right? If so then why does my left arm hurt all the time

Most likely: An EKG is a good but not perfect test, however coronary artery disease is extremely rare in a 27 year old. There are many causes of left arm pain. If you are still concerned, see your doctor, and they can pursue other possible causes. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why do I feel that my vein from my left arm hurt, what does it mean?

Why do I feel that my vein from my left arm hurt, what does it mean?

Arm vein pain: You are not too descriptive of what vein location or whether your arm is swollen.
Local inflammation is constant, warm and painful. Musculoskeletal structures near veins can produce intermittent pin prick sensations with motion. Blockage of the vein entering the shoulder can cause swelling and pain due to repetitive effort like pitching (padget-schroeder syndrome) and is serious. See your doctor. ...Read more

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All the muscles in my left arm hurt from the armpit to the wrist. Most of the time it only hurts in the tricep and or bicep I've had pt for the past 8 weeks twice a week. I only get relief for a couple of hours. Most of the time it's very painful when I l

Pain: Pain that is radiating down your arm could be from several causes. Pain radiating down your arm is always concerning for heart pain. If you have any chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations you would have to be seen immediately. Pain could also be coming from the spinal cord (cervical spine) and radiating down your arm. If you had any numbness, tingling, or weakness you would have to be seen immediately for that. There are other musculo-skeletal causes of pain as well. Please be seen by your doctor for a complete evaluation, but if you have the warning signs above you would have to be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Why does my left arm feel like its numb and has no circulation? My hand & joint hurts & its been like this the whole day. My arm is cold but I'm warm

Why does my left arm feel like its numb and has no circulation? My hand & joint hurts & its been like this the whole day. My arm is cold but I'm warm

Best to see your doc: It is difficult to make diagnosis on short presentations with no physical exam here. It is bothersome to hear your hand feels cold and other parts are not, and feel as if no circulation. It is best to have it evaluated for anything that can be bad. ...Read more

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Left arm pain when coughing?

Left arm pain when coughing?

Herniated disc: Coughing increases pressure in the spine and if there is an underlying compression of a nerve or the spinal cord itself, pain can be produced. Best to be examined and perhaps have an MRI of the neck perfored. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your left arm hurts?

Not enough info: The possibilities are many since you did not mention which part of your arm actually hurts. If concerned, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Isn't it a bad thing when you're left arm hurts?

Can be: You may be thinking of the referred pain to one's left arm as a sign of a heart attack? This typically is not in 26 y/o females, but if you have chest heaviness and shortness of breath, by all means go to your local emergency room. ...Read more

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My left arm hurts what could be the cause I'm 17?

Left arm pain: There needs to be more specific information. Was there an injury? Where does it hurt on the left arm? Were you doing something? Did you just wake up in pain? How long has it been going on? It is difficult to assess for the possible causes without more specific information. ...Read more

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My upper left arm hurts when i. Squeez it I feel pain what could it be?

Bruising: This is likely to be deeper tissue injury/bruise such as muscle or connective tissue. Give it some time to see if it improves. You may try some Ibuprofen as needed. See your doctor if there is no improvement in a week or sooner if it is getting any worse. ...Read more

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What are the causes of my chest and left arm to hurt when I take medicine?

See doctor or...: There is not enough information in your question to answer. The best person to answer it is your primary doctor, who knows your whole medical story, your medications, your allergies (if any). Alternatively you could talk to a pharmacist to find out if the particular medicine has those side effects. Be sure to mention all of the medicines and supplements you take, as they can interact. ...Read more

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Upper left arm hurts when I bend it or put my arm outright can u advise?

Upper left arm hurts when I bend it or put my arm outright can u advise?

Go see ur Family Doc: Is pain in joint or muscle? Any injury or trauma? Any break in skin? Redness? Red streaks? Boil or pocket of pus? Any repetitive motions? If no evidence of infection, consider RICE: rest, ice, compression & elevation. Also consider over-the-counter pain relievers if not allergic and no contraindications (reasons not to do so). If no better, then go see your Family Doc who may order xrays etc. ...Read more

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My upper left arm hurts when I have it bent for more than 15 minutes. Why is that?

Arm pain: This often suggests that this position caused a temporary compression of either the nerve or the circulation. This is a reminder for you not be in this position because this can be more permanent if you continue. ...Read more

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What's making me hurt in my chest and it feel like its tightening up also and pain shoots down my left arm?

Go see Dr.: Many things can cause chest and arm pain but not many will kill you. Heart disease in a person your age is not common but not unheard of - so go to a doctor and get checked - if it's not your heart, then you and your dr. Can slow down and figure out the problem. If it is your heart - you'll be glad you went in quickly. ...Read more

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I tripped and fell a month ago and hurt my left arm. Still experiencing intermittent pain in my upper left arm below shoulder.

I tripped and fell a month ago and hurt my left arm. Still experiencing intermittent pain in my upper left arm below shoulder.

Get an exam: I'd recommend you see your regular doctor for a shoulder exam. Depending on how hard the impact was and how you landed when you fell, you could have either developed a simple sprain, tendinitis, torn a part of your rotator cuff, or localized edema. All of the above could present with intermittent pain and would require a physical exam to narrow the differential and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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My left arm has been hurting for about 3 days now no injury's pain just came on all of a sudden. Hurts when I move it hurts at rest.

My left arm has been hurting for about 3 days now no injury's pain just came on all of a sudden. Hurts when I move it hurts at rest.

See a doctor: That is not normal. Time to see a doctor. One of the potential causes of this is a problem with the blood supply. If that is present, the consequences are very serious. See a doctor now. ...Read more

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Hi im feeling in my left arm like if they were poking me with needles in different places ive never have hadthis it hurts please help what is this?

What this is: Sounds like it may be a problem with the nerve roots or nerves in your left neck, shoulder or the arm itself. Can't tell you more without more information, but you shouldn't expect an answer on HealthTap to "What is this? " HealthTap is not a substitute for your personal MD. Please reread the HealthTap disclaimer. "Please help" is what you need to ask your doctor in his office. ...Read more