It’s not always a heart attack that causes pain in your arm

Discomfort or pain experienced anywhere throughout the arm would be considered as arm pain. It can include pain in the wrist, elbow, and shoulder. It can occur anywhere from your shoulders down to your fingers in one or both arms. Arm pain can occur in any region, from the shoulder to the wrist, usually by affecting areas such as the muscles, tendons, nerves, joints, blood vessels, and skin. There could be a number of reasons of arm hurting. Most often, it’s caused by an injury or overuse. But there are many other health conditions that can cause your arm to hurt.

Causes of pain in right arm

If you have pain in your right arm then there could be a variety of causes. Most commonly strokes or injuries to the arm’s structures, such as having poor posture, repetitive strain or sleeping over the arm could be a reason.

Intense arm exercises may also cause minor injuries to the muscles of the arm or joints of the shoulder, elbow, or wrist, which causes pain that usually improves after a few days of rest.

Inflammation of the tendon (a tissue that connects the muscle to the bone) can also cause lack of muscle strength and pain in arm.

Nerve compression that extends from the arm to the hand can also be the cause of arm pain.

Poor circulation of blood in arm which caused by an obstruction in the blood vessel or a thrombosis in veins or arteries can also be the reason of arm pain.

Causes of pain in left arm

Pain in left arm is not always related to heart problems.  It could be due to aging process.  It can also happen when nerve has too much pressure on it due to surrounding muscles or bones. Broken or fractured bones can also be the reason. However, sudden or unusual left arm pain could be a sign of a more serious medical problem.

If your heart is getting less oxygen than it needs then you can feel discomfort or pain in the arm and shoulder as well as pressure in your chest, neck, and back. In medical we call this condition as angina. Angina can also be the possible cause of left arm pain.

Skeletomuscular injury can also cause pain in your left arm. Common skeletomuscular conditions that might cause arm pain includes; Bursitis which is inflammation of the bursa. Bursa is a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between a bone and its surrounding soft tissue. Inflammation of the connective tissue between muscle and bone which is known as tendonitis is also a skeletomuscular problem which causes pain.

In the worst cases the pain in left arm can be the effect of a heart attack. A heart attack happens when there is a sudden complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to an area of your heart and the portion of the heart muscle sustains damage or completely stops functioning due to a lack of oxygen.

Although, heart attack is not always the reason of pain in your heart so you should also consider other reasons too.

Zaki Anwar MD is an Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Management Specialist. He has vast expertise for the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, headaches, migraines, neck pain, sciatica pain and various pain conditions.

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