Q. Why is there pain from breast bone to shoulder and down the arm?

Answered by
Dr. Ilir Sharka
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Apr 02, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am having a pain that goes from my breast bone under my left breast up to my left shoulder and down my arm. It is a dull consistent pain but sometimes becomes sharp. I am a six time MI patient and have had two light strokes. I had a similar pain three years back during a massive heart attack. I am on Aspirin 81 mg, Ranitidine 150 mg, Furosemide 40 mg, Paroxetine 20 mg, Clopidogrel 75 mg, Isosorb 120 mg (two times a day), Meclizine 25 mg, Robaxin 500 mg, Atorvastatin 40 mg, Ropinirole 5 mg, Klor-Con 20 mg.

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Cardiology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your symptoms could be related to myocardial ischemia. Musculoskeletal pain cannot be excluded either. Coming to this point, I would recommend going to the ER (emergency room) for a careful physical examination and some tests as follows:

  1. Resting ECG (electrocardiography) and cardiac enzymes.
  2. Chest X-ray study.
  3. Complete blood count, PCR (polymerase chain reaction), ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) for inflammation.

A Dobutamine stress echocardiography may be needed.

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