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Your Mild Upper Arm Pain May Also be Known as:
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Mild humerus discomfort
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Mild upper arm discomfort
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Top 7 Mild Upper Arm Pain Causes

  1. 1.Brachial Plexopathy

    The brachial plexus is a complex nerve network located in the upper chest deep to the collar bone, which supplies the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand. Damage to the brachial plexus is usually due to mechanical injury or trauma, and can interfere with normal nerve function causing numbness, pain, and/or weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. It is likely the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, and in many cases refer you to a specialist, physical therapist, or both. A professional evaluation is very important, as surgical treatment might be required for a brachial plexus nerve injury.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness, numbness in one arm, shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Heart Attack in a Woman

    Most heart attacks happen when a clot in the coronary artery blocks the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Often this leads to an irregular heartbeat - called an arrhythmia - that causes a severe decrease in the pumping function of the heart.

    You should call 911.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), pain in one arm, being severely ill, shortness of breath
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells, which deliver oxygen. Iron deficiency anemia occurs when the body does not have enough iron. Iron helps make red blood cells.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will take a blood test to confirm diagnosis. Treatment involves iron supplementation (pills) or transfusion in really extreme cases (not likely).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, heavy menstrual flow
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Chest Pain That Shoots to the Shoulders or Arms

    Chest pain radiating to the shoulders or arms can be dangerous (a sign of a heart attack or damage to the aorta) or relatively minor (acid reflux). Distinguishing between the two needs a doctor's touch. You should go see one as soon as possible!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain that spreads to the shoulders and/or arms, chest pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Enchondroma

    Enchondroma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor of cartilage, which is a type of tissue that provides lubrication and shock absorbance in joints. These tumors usually begin during childhood, and are discovered in people between 10 and 20 years of age. Enchondromas are very common, and are in fact the most common tumor of the hand.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon) for evaluation of the tumor. Most often these tumors require no treatment at all.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    arm pain, thigh pain, spontaneous hand pain, spontaneous wrist pain, spontaneous forearm pain
    Symptoms that always occur with enchondroma:
    spontaneous hand pain
    Symptoms that never occur with enchondroma:
    unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd)

    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a chronic condition of the lungs and the airways in the lungs. Damage has occured due to long-term exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs, such as cigarette smoke or air pollution. This damage can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance and cough. A common cold or other types of infection can cause symptoms to worden acutely, this is called an exacerbation.

    Though there is no medication for COPD that has demonstrated the ability to reverse the decreasing long-term lung function associated with the disease, your doctor will be able to provide you with next steps for managing the disease. Some possible next steps include cessation of smoking, pulmonary rehabilitation and inhalation medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping, anxiety
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd):
    hidden: any cardinal symptom copd
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd):
    rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Lung Cancer (Non - Small Cell)

    Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer, which usually grows and spreads more slowly than small cell lung cancer. People with NSCLC have tumors in their lungs and may suffer from cough, chest pain, spitting up blood, and difficulty breathing.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a cancer specialist (oncologist). Lung cancer is treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    cardinal symptoms of lung cancer like chest pain or changes in breathing, fatigue, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mild Upper Arm Pain

  • Q.Is your upper arm pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your upper arm pain been going on?
  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?
  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:

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Mild Upper Arm Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mild upper arm pain have also experienced:

    • 16% Rib Pain on One Side
    • 8% Headache
    • 8% Pain in One Shoulder
  • People who have experienced mild upper arm pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 40% Over a Month
    • 21% Less Than a Week
    • 17% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced mild upper arm pain were most often matched with:

    • 36% Brachial Plexopathy
    • 4% Heart Attack in a Woman
    • 4% Iron Deficiency Anemia

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