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Having pain in arm. Noticed several lump on arm and painful to touch. Is this serious?

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Hi, I been having pain on my right arm for a couple of days now, yesturday I noticed lumps on several areas on my arm, they are tender and painful to the touch, they hurt when I lift my arm and my hand is a little bit swollen. In this serious? What should I do?
Posted Sat, 13 Oct 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
There are many possibilities for your complaints:
1. Musculoskeletal pain due to musculoskeletal inflammation/injury: This can be diagnosed if the pain increases on specific movements or on direct pressure on the affected area. Such pain can respond to medications like Ibuprofen 400 mg taken three times a day. This generally resolves within a week. ‎

2. Frozen shoulder.

3. It could be related to nerves supplying right arm. A pinched nerve can cause such symptoms.
The tender lumps need a direct examination for a proper diagnosis.
It is important to find out the exact cause after physical examination and investigations like x-ray of right arm/joint, etc. Hence, I would suggest you to consult your Orthopedician for complete examination and the treatment would follow according to the cause.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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