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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I been having upper back pain and pain under my left arm pit. What could this possibly be caused from?

Pinched nerve or ... Based on your description of your symptoms, either a pinched nerve or a muscle spasm. Best to check with your doctor. Read more...
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...

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...
Yes. Cervical stenosis means that the canal where the nerves and spinal cord travels in the neck is narrow. This can cause pinching in nerves that radiate pain, numbness, and/or weakness to an arm and upper back. Treatment can include nsaids (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc), physical therapy, epidural injections, and lastly surgery if all else fails. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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?

Back and chest pain. Honestly there are many things that you could have including cancer or heart problems . But i would first recommend that you see your primary care physician as soon as possible for evaluation. Read more...
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...

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?

Assessment. probably needs further evaluation considering the chronic its of the problem. A full physical examination with a physiatrist in collaboration with your PCP plus consider an MRI of the cervical spine if not done in light of the upper arm weakness. Read more...
It is possible. It is possible that the MRI did not show a nerve problem causing pain and weakness. You may need to see a neurologist for evaluation and possibly nerve conduction studies. Good luck. Read more...
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...

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?

Negative. Negative Chest CT Scan means you do not have a pulmonary embolus or blood clot in the lung. But you could have it in the arm or legs. Read more...
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...

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

Evaluate. Get evaluated to rule out a neurological basis for the symptoms. Read more...
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...