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I began to have bilateral upper arm pain about 3 months ago.

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I began to have bilateral upper arm pain about 3 months ago. Then, suddenly about a month ago, I woke up abruptly with burning sensations on my neck and head. Since then, the burning sensations have spread to my thoracic spine, lumbar spine, bilateral buttocks, and bilateral feet. I have been waking up 5-8 times a night with burning sensations on my neck and back. During daytime, I feel malaise, dizzy, light-headed, nauseated, fatigued....
I'm really worried if I have a severe life-threatening underlying illness.
Last week, a chiropractor manipulated my spine, and for the first time in a month, I was able to have a sound sleep with no symptoms.
However, about 2 days later, the symptoms came back.
yesterday, I was told that my symptoms were anxiety symptoms, and I was able to have a deep sound sleep and miraculously my symptoms disappeared. However, this morning, I felt weakness, light-headed, rapid heart rate (aroung 105). toward afternoon, the heart rate has dropped to upper 70s. Then, I suddenly woke up about 90 minutes after I fell asleep with pain in my thoracic spine and bilateral upper arms. I researched symptoms of lung cancer and arm pain is one of them. I don't cough or have not coughed up blood, but since I've smoked for 25 years, I'm worried as hell. I'm a 44 year old male.
Are my symptoms suggest any hint of lung cancer? Please answer me asap. I'm so worried.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 years ago.
Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and am ready to help.

we don't use symptoms like this to look for lung cancer. we tend to look for it with things like chest x-rays and CT scans and bone scans. if you have had a chest x-ray and it did not show lung cancer, then most likely you don't have lung cancer. you should quit smoking though, because that can give you lung cancer.

try not to be worried. are you seeing a doctor about your anxiety? what are you taking for anxiety?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

No, I'm not seeing a doctor about my anxiety nor taking anything now.

So, you think my symptoms are from anxiety?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 years ago.
I am not quite sure why you are having these symptoms. they do sound nerve related. it might benefit you to see a neurologist or talk to a general doctor about these symptoms. I wouldn't worry about them being related to cancer. if they were being caused by cancer, they wouldn't improve with chiropractice or get better for one day.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

So the symptoms caused by cancer do not get better with chiropractic treatment or emotional state?

If that's the case, I'm so much relieved now.

thank you.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 6 years ago.
you are welcome.

let me know if you have other questions

please accept if no other questions.
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