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Why Would My Back Hurt When Raising Left Arm
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, ?
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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
I been having upper back pain and pain under my left arm pit. What could this possibly be caused from?
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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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?
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. ...Read more
I have loss of cervical lordosis. Having pain in left arm, from neck to fingers, tingling too. Can it cause slight chest pain with back pain?
Tumbled down stairs 4 days ago. Lower back pain aswell in my right thigh both hamstring and quadricep area. There is also pain in my left arm.
Fall with pain: You should get checked by your doctor to find out how severe your injuries are and if you need more treatment. ...Read more
Ever since I had gotten low back pain my left arm, left ear and in my head plus rectum mostly has cold sensations what can I do im really worried.
Get going: Your original complaints of back pain are common in america. Your combination of other, fairly separate and unusual complaints (of coldness) are not easy to understand. You should have less worries when you get answers from your physician. An examination and blood work are in order. ...Read more
I went a & e last week. I had bad chest pain, my left arm ace. Belly & back pain too. Doc said I have costochondritis or teitzes syndrome. What is this?
Inflamed joint: The point where your ribs join your breastbone actually consists of a joint to allow freedom of movement in chest expansion. These joints can get arthritis, similar to any other joint in the body. This can cause a chest pain which the patient fears is cardiac in origin, but in fact is benign, usually resolving without medication or with anti-inflammatory meds like Aspirin or ibuprofen. ...Read more
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?
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
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
Male 29, 45 KG, Height 5'6". Pain in left arm, shoulder, back pain centered right behind heart. I ate meat in noon, feel heavy. Gas or Heart Pain?
GERD: I see you're treated for GERD and have taken Nexium/Esomeprazole. At 29, your risk for heart disease is exceptionally low. Your symptoms are very strongly suggestive of acid reflux with esophagitis and/or gastritis/or dyspepsia. Have you been checked for H. pylori? Barrett's Esophagus? You need more testing to find out why your symptoms are so severe. ...Read more
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?
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.
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