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Left shoulder and arm pain with numbness in hand and fingers and can't raise arm above shoulder?

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In brief: Nerve root injury

One of the more common causes of your symptoms is a cervical nerve root injury called cervical radiculopathy.
In a man of your age the cause is more likely to be osteoarthritis affecting the foramen (hole where the nerve root exits). The reports of numbness argues against an intrinsic shoulder problem and without antecedent trauma a brachial plexus lesion is unlikely. Please go see your doc.

In brief: Nerve root injury

One of the more common causes of your symptoms is a cervical nerve root injury called cervical radiculopathy.
In a man of your age the cause is more likely to be osteoarthritis affecting the foramen (hole where the nerve root exits). The reports of numbness argues against an intrinsic shoulder problem and without antecedent trauma a brachial plexus lesion is unlikely. Please go see your doc.
Dr. Donald McCarren
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Dr. Edward Hellman
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In brief: Varies

The most common cause would probably be a pinched nerve in your neck.
Other potential causes could potentially include thoracic outlet syndrome or one of multiple peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome. I would not hesitate to be seen and a good exam could go a long way in determining the cause.

In brief: Varies

The most common cause would probably be a pinched nerve in your neck.
Other potential causes could potentially include thoracic outlet syndrome or one of multiple peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome. I would not hesitate to be seen and a good exam could go a long way in determining the cause.
Dr. Edward Hellman
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