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Top 4 Severe Bicep Pain Causes

  1. 1.Neuralgic Amyotrophy

    Hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy is a disorder characterized by episodes of severe pain and muscle wasting (amyotrophy) in one or both shoulders and arms. Neuralgic pain is felt along the path of one or more nerves and often has no obvious physical cause. The network of nerves involved in hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy, called the brachial plexus, controls movement and sensation in the shoulders and arms.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a nerve specialist (neurologist). Treatment for this condition involves pain management with medication, as well as physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    arm weakness, pain in the back of the neck, general numbness, severe shoulder pain, difficulty moving the shoulder
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Limb - Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

    Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves varying muscle weakness and wasting.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options for managing symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    weakness, arm weakness, muscle aches, shoulder weakness, leg weakness
    Symptoms that always occur with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy:
    weakness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.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
  4. 4.Cerebral Palsy

    Cerebral palsy is a condition that results from damage to the developing brain, which usually occurs before the age of 3. The damage can be due to a variety of factors, and there is a lot of research that is still being carried out in this field. The damage to the brain causes problems such as motor deficits, epilepsy, failure to thrive, sleep disturbances, and many others.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This is a complex condition that is treated with a multidisciplinary approach. Allied medical professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and recreational therapists aid in the management of cerebral palsy.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    involuntary movements, mental disability, non-voluntary, brief, irregular dance-like movements, muscle stiffness/rigidity, slow, writhing, continuous movements
    Symptoms that always occur with cerebral palsy:
    mental disability
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Bicep 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 [upper arm], do you notice:
  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?

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Severe Bicep Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe bicep pain have also experienced:

    • 22% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 11% Pain in the Back of the Neck
    • 11% Severe Shoulder Pain
  • People who have experienced severe bicep pain had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 18% Neuralgic Amyotrophy
    • 9% Limb - Girdle Muscular Dystrophy
    • 9% Enchondroma

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