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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Swelling of Both Shoulders

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced swelling of both shoulders. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Psoriatic Arthritis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. Some people who have psoriasis also get a form of arthritis (inflammation and swelling of joints) called psoriatic arthritis.

    This type of arthritis can be managed with treatment, and permanent damage can be prevented. However, the underlying cause (psoriasis) is currently incurable.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shoulder pain, lower back pain, joint pain, upper back pain, hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Allergic Reaction (Not Life - Threatening)

    When the body encounters a harmful substance, it responds with inflammation and swelling that can be protective. In many individuals, the body responds this way to substances that are not normally harmful, like foods or pollen. This is the basis of allergy, or Type 1 Hypersensitivity.

    Symptoms should resolve in a matter of hours.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen face, swollen lips, lip numbness, hives, red swollen bumps or patches with a pale center, lip redness
    Symptoms that never occur with allergic reaction (not life-threatening):
    shortness of breath, throat itching
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels that run through the upper chest. It can occur as a result of trauma, surgery, growths in the body, or just randomly.

    Resolves with treatment (30% relapse)

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, arm weakness, arm numbness, pain in one shoulder blade
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Nephrotic Syndrome

    Nephrotic syndrome is caused by different disorders that damage the kidneys. This damage leads to the release of too much protein in the urine, causing the body to swell.

    Varies by cause of Nephrotic Syndrome

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, weight gain, bilateral leg swelling
    Symptoms that never occur with nephrotic syndrome:
    cut on the foot, recent cut or wound, swollen ankle, swelling of one leg
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Hives

    Urticaria are itchy, temporary rashes that rarely become swollen. It is often referred to as "hives."

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red or pink, rough patch of skin, itchy rash, curved rash, insect bite or sting, hives, red swollen bumps or patches with a pale center
    Symptoms that always occur with hives:
    red or pink, rough patch of skin
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis is the sudden onset of breathing or heart rate changes that are caused by a whole-body allergic reaction. This can be a deadly situation.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, headache, stomach bloating, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling of Both Shoulders

  • Q.Is your swollen area warm and red?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your shoulder pain?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Swelling of Both Shoulders Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swelling of both shoulders have also experienced:

    • 10% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 6% Pain in One Shoulder Blade
    • 5% Pain in Both Shoulders
  • People who have experienced swelling of both shoulders had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 27% Over a Month
    • 19% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced swelling of both shoulders were most often matched with:

    • 36% Allergic Reaction (Not Life - Threatening)
    • 36% Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • 27% Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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