Pain in Both Biceps Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand pain in both biceps symptoms, including 2 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 2 Possible Pain In Both Biceps Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

2 Possible Pain In Both Biceps Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain in both biceps. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Repetitive strain injury of the upper arm

Repetitive strain injury of the upper arm is caused by consistent repetitive use.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: upper arm pain from overuse, upper arm weakness, upper arm numbness

Symptoms that always occur with repetitive strain injury of the upper arm: upper arm pain from overuse

Symptoms that never occur with repetitive strain injury of the upper arm: upper arm injury, severe upper arm pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

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Brachial plexopathy (shoulder nerve issue)

The brachial plexus is a web of nerves between the neck and shoulder, connecting the spinal cord nerves to the arm. There is one web on each side of the neck. Any injury that forces the shoulder to stretch down, and the neck to stretch up and away, can damage these nerves and cause brachial plexopathy.

Sports injuries and car accidents are often involved. Inflammation, tumors, and radiation treatment can also damage the brachial plexus.

Milder symptoms include numbness and weakness in the arm, with a shocklike stinging or burning sensation. A more severe injury can cause paralysis and loss of feeling in the arm, with pain in some parts of the arm, hand, and shoulder.

These symptoms should be seen by a medical provider since permanent damage can result if the injuries are not treated.

Diagnosis is made through electromyography (EMG) testing, CT scan, MRI, and sometimes angiogram.

Treatment usually involves rest and physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary to remove scar tissue or repair the damaged nerves.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: pain in one arm, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness, numbness in one arm, shoulder pain

Symptoms that never occur with brachial plexopathy (shoulder nerve issue): pain in the front middle part of the neck

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain In Both Biceps

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Did you recently experience an injury to the upper arm area?
  • Do you have any idea what may have caused your upper arm pain?
  • Does your pain continue into the night?
  • Have any of your muscles gotten much smaller (wasted away)?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Pain In Both Biceps Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced pain in both biceps have also experienced:

  • 9% Pain In One Shoulder
  • 7% Shoulder Pain
  • 7% Fatigue

People who have experienced pain in both biceps were most often matched with:

  • 75% Brachial Plexopathy (Shoulder Nerve Issue)
  • 25% Repetitive Strain Injury Of The Upper Arm

People who have experienced pain in both biceps had symptoms persist for:

  • 37% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a week
  • 20% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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