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why arm pain between elbow and shoulder ACHES ESPECIALLY IN LEFT ARM AND WORSE AT NIGHT

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why arm pain between elbow and shoulder ACHES ESPECIALLY IN LEFT ARM AND WORSE AT NIGHT
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 3 years ago.
Such pains are most likely to be muscle pains. You should pay special attention to whether you are straining your arm in any way, for example at work by keeping it in a particular position (using the mouse for long periods without rest is a prime example), at home, at hobbies like gardening, etc. The treatment for this is RICE: rest for 2 days, ice on the painful areas, compression using a compression bandage and elevation of the arm at night.

If the symptoms persist after this, you need to see a doctor to rule out other conditions.

The conditions whoch could cause this are:

Cervical disc lesion: Pain around the shoulder going down the arm, is a typical symptom of a disc lesion. Most disc lesions are minor and can be handled with simple exercises and neck collars. You should consult your health provider or a neurologist if possible and get yourself checked up, you may need a CT or MRI of the brain and spinal column.

You may consult the links below for more info:
http://www.neurosurgerytoday.org/what/patient_e/herniated.asp
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/herniated-disk/HD99999


Arthritis: Such pain may also be due to arthritis. There are several different types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc. You should discuss with your doctor about arthritis, there are tests which can determine whether or not you have arthritis and your type of arthritis.
You can look up here:
http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/arthritis/overview.html

Peripheral Arterial Disease: This causes decrease of the blood supply to the hands leading to such symptoms.

Please read up here for further information:
http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/23068800/

You should discuss this with your doctor. You should discuss about doing a Doppler study of the circulation in your hands.


RSDS: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophic Syndrome can often present initially with pain in the arm.

You may consult this link for more info:
http://ww2.arthritis.org/conditions/DiseaseCenter/rsds.asp


You should discuss with your doctor about these conditions and ask for tests to rule them out.




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