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What causes radiating pain in left breast, arms, hands and fingers?

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Posted on Thu, 5 May 2016
Question: I am a female with many medical issues. I have an arithium that turns into a flutter, copd, osteoporosis which is severe, two back surgeries, am treated for depression. For the last 3days I have had very extreme pain under my left breast that goes down my arm and hand into my fingers. I take a fentanyl 50mg patch every 72 hours and OxyCod/acetaminophen 10-325mg every 8 hours prescribed by my pain doctor and shots in my lower back helps my back but does not help my arm pain. Should I be concerned
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
What turns on this pain!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this pain that you have reported.. I will like to obtain more information about this pain in order to provide a personalised and helpful response.

1. What turns on this pain or makes it worse?
2. Are you able to work without turning on this pain?
3. When you touch, can you turn on this pain?
4. Have you ever had this pain before?
5. Do you have any breathing difficulties?

I will like to factor these into the response. I hope to hear back from you and promise to respond as soon as the information gets here. Until next, I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (21 hours later)
1. No triggers. May occur in afternoon or wake me up in the middle of night.

2. Housewife, retired. Unable to concentrate from pain and stop whatever activity I am currently engaged in.

3. No.

4. Just in the 3 to 5 months.

5. Am treated for copd, stage four emphysema. On 2 liters o2 12 hrs a day. No additional difficulties associated with this pain. Went to heart dr today, and rec'd
script for nitro. First time for this. Associated for this is also severe headaches on top of head.

Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Seems related to the heart and Nitroglycerin will shed more light on this!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

This pain seems related to the heart. If Nitroglycerin controls it, then that's a definite response. Having seen your heart doctor today, I will want to see the effects of the new drug and not just move onto others instantly.

I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes radiating pain in left breast, arms, hands and fingers?

Brief Answer: What turns on this pain! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this pain that you have reported.. I will like to obtain more information about this pain in order to provide a personalised and helpful response. 1. What turns on this pain or makes it worse? 2. Are you able to work without turning on this pain? 3. When you touch, can you turn on this pain? 4. Have you ever had this pain before? 5. Do you have any breathing difficulties? I will like to factor these into the response. I hope to hear back from you and promise to respond as soon as the information gets here. Until next, I wish you well.