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I have severe pain in my upper arms. Sharp pain

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Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019
Question: I have severe pain in my upper arms. Sharp pain that at times goes down to my elbow and up to my neck. Especially after being immobile such as in the middle of the night of in the morning.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (49 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Probably a pinched nerve, follow the advice below.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Your symptoms seem to be related to a pinched nerve.

This diagnosis is commonly related to the pressure applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues.

I recommend using anti inflammatory medication to relieve the pain such as Acetominophen 500 mg three tablets a day.

I also recommend to rest the arms and avoid lifting heavy objects.

I suggest physical activity as you mentioned in the query.

Warm compresses at the area of the arms can help in relieving the symptoms.

If the symptoms continue you can consult an orthopedist for a splint to use during the night to immobilize the area.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi

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I have severe pain in my upper arms. Sharp pain

Brief Answer: Probably a pinched nerve, follow the advice below. Detailed Answer: Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Your symptoms seem to be related to a pinched nerve. This diagnosis is commonly related to the pressure applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. I recommend using anti inflammatory medication to relieve the pain such as Acetominophen 500 mg three tablets a day. I also recommend to rest the arms and avoid lifting heavy objects. I suggest physical activity as you mentioned in the query. Warm compresses at the area of the arms can help in relieving the symptoms. If the symptoms continue you can consult an orthopedist for a splint to use during the night to immobilize the area. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.