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In 2002 I had Angioplasty and a Stent was put in. I have been

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In 2002 I had Angioplasty and a Stent was put in. I have been doing well all along, but today I have a strange ( cannot describe) pain from my left shoulder blade all the way down to my fingers, on the left side. What could this be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 1 year ago.
Hello.

Of course, it is always good to be concerned about potential heart related pains, especially with your history of angioplasty and stenting.

However - when people have pain from the neck / shoulder blade, down to the fingers -- this sounds like a nerve irritation to me. The nerve can get "pinched" in the neck, and cause pain that radiates down the arm, like you describe.

This is called cervical radiculopathy:

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00332


and if the pain persists, it can be evaluated with a MRI of the cervical spine.

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