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What causes severe pain in the arms and neck?

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Posted on Mon, 10 Sep 2018
Question: This morning (2nd time) I had severe pain in my arm that traveled to my neck and to my other arm. It felt like soreness from working out but ten times worse. I wasn't able to lift my coffee cup to my mouth. Very painful and lasted about a minute and half. Same thing happened about a month ago. I feel fine now, but I was very rattled. I am 59, female.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:

Pinched nerves to consider.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

With such presentations. I would consider pinched nerve(s) in your cervical spine.

Temporary symptoms that may be linked to certain neck and head positions also may indicate instability (listhesis) of your cervical spine.

Other possible conditions also include herniated disc disease, spondylosis, etc.

Imaging studies such as X-rays and MRI of the cervical spinal cord take an important role in cases like yours.

The need for treatment is guided by your symptoms and by these imaging studies findings.

Please discuss with your Doctor about these issues.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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What causes severe pain in the arms and neck?

Brief Answer: Pinched nerves to consider. Detailed Answer: Hi, With such presentations. I would consider pinched nerve(s) in your cervical spine. Temporary symptoms that may be linked to certain neck and head positions also may indicate instability (listhesis) of your cervical spine. Other possible conditions also include herniated disc disease, spondylosis, etc. Imaging studies such as X-rays and MRI of the cervical spinal cord take an important role in cases like yours. The need for treatment is guided by your symptoms and by these imaging studies findings. Please discuss with your Doctor about these issues. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr. Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical