Pain in the left shoulder can be due to injury, dislocation of the shoulder, muscle pull, or fracture. But, sudden and unusual left arm pain can be caused due to more serious conditions like heart attack and angina.
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I have chronic pain in my neck and across my clavicle to the skull base after a shoulder injury. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I injured my left shoulder about a year ago and have never fully recovered. I hurt my nack while moving the lawn, and the pain has persisted for over a year. So I have been taking Panadol for this. The pain travels up my neck and across my clavicle to the base of my skull. It could be ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. This is most likely due to cervical pain due to the compression of nerves between the spine. It does not appear to be a cardiac problem. Is there any tingling or numbness in the arm, and does the pain worsen with arm movement? You should g... Read Full »
I carry heavy bags on my left shoulder, and I have weakness in the left side of my body. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old male. I have been carrying heavy bags on my left shoulder for the past two years. I have weakness in the left side of my body while working out. Also, the left shoulder seems to appear lower than the right shoulder. I am worried about this. Can this be cured? Kindly gi... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The conditions like rotator cuff injury and tendonitis cause weakness in the shoulder muscles and difficulties in day-to-day activities like lifting heavy weights and doing shoulder and arm movements. Both these conditions present simil... Read Full »
I took an ECG after experiencing acute pain in my left shoulder, arm, lower chest, and back along with breathing difficulty. Please help me interpret it.
Query: Hi doctor, Last week at night, around 1.00 AM, I suddenly felt acute pain in my left shoulder. The pain traveled downwards in my left arm. At the same time, I felt pain in my lower chest and lower back. The pain was very acute, and I was literally feeling the discomfort in breathing also, the pain a... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Pain, which aggravates during respirations and is of sudden onset, is unlikely to be cardiac pain. ECG (electrocardiogram) is also normal. Such pain can be due to musculoskeletal causes like a muscle spasm in th... Read Full »
I have sudden onset left-sided chest pain. What can be done?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41-year-old male. I have started experiencing sudden onset chest pain on the left side as well as pain in my left shoulder blade. The pain has been constant for the last hour. What should be done? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The left-sided chest pain, as well as shoulder blade pain, suggests a possibility of pericarditis. Does it worsen on inspiration? If so, it could suggest some pleuropericardial inflammation, that is inflammation of the covering of the lungs and the heart. I suggest y... Read Full »
I am diagnosed with left shoulder dyskinesia. What exercise can I do?
Query: Hi doctor, I am diagnosed with left shoulder dyskinesia (winging). A brief history of diagnostic examinations provided by my physician is given below: The patient complains of pain in the left shoulder blade. The left shoulder from the front is not visually altered. From behind, it shows marked sign... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinq.com. The important thing to realize about dyskinesia is that it is a dynamic condition, and I need to examine you to be sure what may be wrong. The involved muscles are the trapezius, subscapularis, and latissimus dorsi, apart from some smaller muscles. Incoordination betw... Read Full »
I have pinching pain in my left shoulder that subsides with rest and medications but recurs when I exercise. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I went on a trip eight months ago, and I swam in a swimming tank for a long time. I have also been exercising regularly in the gym for more than two years. However, while exercising with weights, I experienced a mild pinching pain in my left shoulder eight months back. After that, though,... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Can you please send me a picture marking the area of the shoulder where you feel the pain exactly? And your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) reports reveal nothing abnormal about the shoulder (attachment removed to... Read Full »
I have had pain and recurrent dislocations in my left shoulder. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have a lot of pain in my left shoulder. It frequently clicks and pops and sometimes feels like it is dislocated. I have to lift it and pop it back into place every day after it makes a loud cracking noise and shifts downwards. I lift it with my right arm and push it back up until it... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. From your query, it seems like you are experiencing something similar to recurrent shoulder dislocation. It most commonly occurs due to ligament laxity of the shoulder muscles. An X-ray will not reveal anything as there... Read Full »
I am a 27-year-old female with pain in the spine and left shoulder blade. Could you please interpret my MRI reports?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 27-year-old female with pain in the spine and left shoulder blade. I am attaching my MRI report. Could you please interpret it? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) are of the thoracic spine. There are Schmorls nodes in the end plates of the lower thoracic vertebral levels, which are a kind of degenerative change and are mild in yo... Read Full »
I have persistent pain in my left shoulder and collarbone during push-ups. How to overcome the pain?
Query: Hi doctor, I have shoulder and collarbone pain, especially while working out. But I do not experience any pain when I am not working out. Also, the pain is prominent on the left side when I do push-ups. What to do? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In my opinion, you either have bicipital tendonitis or AC (Acromioclavicular) joint inflammation. So, I suggest you to follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Take tablet Piroxicam (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory) 20 mg, one tablet at night, after food for ten days... Read Full »
I have pain and inflammation spreading from my fingers to my left shoulder, along with restricted movement in my neck. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I have pain, inflammation, tingling sensation, and numbness that spreads from my fingers to my left shoulder. Sometimes, my neck hurts badly, making it hard to move and breathe. In my chest and below my left boob, I also get pain. Sometimes, my left arm gives out, and I cannot control it.... Read Full »
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns. From what you mentioned, I am afraid that cervical neck prolapse is a possibility (compression on the nerve roots supplying the left arm). MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the cervical spine is required after consulting your treating phys... Read Full »