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Arm pain, nose bleed, MRI of spine clear. Why was MRI done?

I ve been having upper arm pain in both arms for approximately 5 months. At times, depending on what Im doing, it can be excruciating. Example: Reached for a shoe under the bed and it felt like someone had hit me in the upper arm with a sledgehammer. Also, about a week ago I was driving aound town and my nose just started bleeding for absolutely no reason. I went to the emergency room and they gave me an MRI of the spine and results were fine. I don t understand why they would give me an MRI of the spine if its my arms that are hurting?
Asked On : Sat, 4 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear friend, welcome to HCM.
many cases of arm pain, especially if shooting or electric like, pins n needles, are due to nerve compression at the exit from bony spinal canal, in the neck.
so we do an MRI of the relevent spine to see for any compressive radiculo-myelopathy there as cause of pain.
the nose bleed looks totally unrelated.
are your arms swollen ?
is the pain constant or episodic?
what other tests have been done?

take care and keep me posted on your progress.
Answered: Wed, 8 Aug 2012
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