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Chest and back pain, runs into left arm. Hurts with certain positions. Had leg pain but d diner negative. Pain in chest feels achy, pain in arm same, ?

Chest and back pain, runs into left arm. Hurts with certain positions. Had leg pain but d diner negative. Pain in chest feels achy, pain in arm same, ?

Unlikely Cardiac rel: As a 25 year old female and negative, very unlikely to be related to a cardiovascular condition, but other possibilities include GI issues or musculoskeletal pain when does pain occur? Link ink to virtual consult healthtap. Com/kevinlingle

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chest, left arm and back pain that comes and goes have had it for 3 days. Ekg came back normal.

Chest, left arm and back pain that comes and goes have had it for 3 days. Ekg came back normal.

Difficult to tell: Without a physical exam or additional clinical history. Given your age this is most likely musculoskeletal or nerve pain. For now can take ibuprofen and practice stretching. Apply heating pad for possible symptom relief.

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Left back pain shooting down back of left arm through elbow to hand?

Left back pain shooting down back of left arm through elbow to hand?

Pinched nerve - neck: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your neck and you need to get an MRI of the c-spine. Depending on the results it might be just short term that gets better spontaneously, or somthing that might need an epidural steroid injection or something that might require surgery. Good news is that most resolve on it's own.

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Hurting under left shoulder blade tingling in center of back pain in top left ribcage that goes under my left arm.

Rib dysfunction: This kind of pain, along with the tingling (neuro type symptom) is commonly seen in my practice. Ribs should rise & fall w/ inhaling/exhaling, but when one or more locks & stops moving properly, pain-sharp or severe aching-results, usually in upper back. Vertebrae may also be involved. Osteopathic hands-on exam recommended. Gentle manipulation may free the rib, & stop the symptoms.

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My friend has had radiating left arm, shoulder, jaw, and back pain for months. She feels like she does not get enough air and gets bloated w/exertion?

My friend has had radiating left arm, shoulder, jaw, and back pain for months. She feels like she does not get enough air and gets bloated w/exertion?

Heart issues: First issue is whether your friend has any heart disease. The symptoms sound very serious and your should definitely see a doctor for a complete work-up.

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I have really bad lower left side back pain which shoot down my leg with pins&needed and I also have sharp chest pain and numbness in my left arm?

I have really bad lower left side back pain which shoot down my leg with pins&needed and I also have sharp chest pain and numbness in my left arm?

Need to address ASAP: Need to address what might harm you the most quickly. Your chest pain radiating down your left arm describes a heart attack. Take aspirin if not allergic and seek help NOW. Your back and leg symptoms sound more like a herniated disc /sciatic nerve injury. Only after you are evaluated for your heart, a workup for back problems as mentioned should be initiated. Answer is not on internet, call 911.

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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.

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Pain in my left arm without any chest pain I have recently been put on gabapentin for my L5 back pain, could the meds cause this pain in my l arm?

Pain in my left arm without any chest pain I have recently been put on gabapentin for my L5 back pain, could the meds cause this pain in my l arm?

Unlikely: Your symptoms are unlikely coming from the medications. I recommend you seeing your doctor to discuss your concern. There are many causes of arm pain, including nerve impingement which is treated with gabapentin.

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Back pain on upper left side until my left arm. Left hand sometimes feel numb and sometimes can feel the pain until left subcostal. Wht could b wrong?

Need examination: It sounds like your pain and numbness is significant and worrisome to you. It is impossible to diagnose your problem in this forum. I suggest you see a clinician for a full evaluation and physical examination.