Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
141 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

What causes pain and weakness in the forearms?

Answered by
Dr. Gopal Goel

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practicing since :1983

Answered : 1478 Questions

Posted on Mon, 23 Oct 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: today out of the blue it seemed like my left arm was having weakness, it would have pain in the forearm and shoulder
Answered by Dr. Gopal Goel 19 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Could be pressure on the nerves,

Detailed Answer:
Hi , I am Dr Gopal Goel Orthopedic Surgeon.
This kind of weakness in Left arm with pain in forearm and shoulder -can be due to
1. Saturday night palsy- in which the arm is inadvertently kept on the arm rest in a hanging position so there is pressure on axilla and nerves of arm. This is temporary in nature and normally improves on few days,
2, Slipped disc in neck- can occur slowly of because of a sudden jerk. Treatment is pain killers , muscle relaxants and physiotherapy. If there is no improvement in 7-10 days then I would go for MRI Neck.
3. Just a muscle pull in shoulder and arm can present like this sometimes.
I hope you will find this useful. Please feel free to ask any other question.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
Follow up: Dr. Gopal Goel 11 minutes later
it occured at work, and it seems like i have pain in my back taking deep breaths
Answered by Dr. Gopal Goel 5 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Most likely discprolapse or muscular sprain.

Detailed Answer:
In case it occurred at work with pain in the back , it is more likely to be slipped disc most likely at C5-6 or a muscle sprain. The treatment remains same for both the conditions in initial phase. Again if no relief in 7-10 days go for MRI neck. The pain in the back is generally due to muscle spasm( muscle stiffness) . It is important to have clinical examination for further diagnosis.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,  
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Physiotherapy

doctor1 MD

3 yr. back my wife was attack by Bell s palsy, after by proper treatment by medicine and physiotherapy it will be cured, by just near abobt 15 days...

doctor1 MD

I have vertigo when i put my head on bed to sleep ,and when i sit from sleeping to get out of bed,i m always lightheaded,dizzy when move head right...

doctor1 MD

Hi my son is 5 years old , height and weight & general health is normal , he could use his right feet properly and . He is having toe walking...

doctor1 MD

I Reba sen (Female) Age 75.Falling down during walking. Docters advice. Lumber Punchered. Water in brain.Docter operated for shunt on 15th...

doctor1 MD

I had a discectomy and I woke up in excruciating pain. A week later a laminectomy to stop the pain. Epidural injection,Morhine, Dilaudid , nothing...

doctor1 MD

My entire right arm keeps falling asleep whenever I sleep, regardless of my position. This has been happening for over a week. I have a history of...

doctor1 MD

Since yesterday, I have a sharp pain in my right leg at the knee, and above, and the right buttock. It s sharp, stabbing pain in the knee and...