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What does pain in the upper arms indicate while reclining on the sides?

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Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil

General & Family Physician

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Posted on Wed, 5 Sep 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: I have pain in my upper left arm. I’m thinking it has to do with stretching I did that I could have pulled a muscle. Hoping it’s not something more serious. It is worse when I lay on my left side and bend my arm under my pillow while sleeping.
Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Musculoskeletal origin most likely.

Detailed Answer:


Based on your description the pain most likely to be of musculoskeletal nature. However, a cardiac cause should be looked for. An EKG should be done.

If it's normal then NSAID like naproxen with muscle relaxant like tizanidine for 5 days should help resolve it.

Adjuvant physiotherapy should also be utilised which would help in a lesser reliance on the above meds and quicker recovery.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Muhammad Sareer Khalil
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