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What Causes Difficulty In Lifting Arm Above Shoulder?

Hi, I am a 60 year old women with High blood pressure, Celiac disease, Gallbladder disease, and I have a heart murmur. Last year, I had to go to the hospital because I have kidney dieases since then I cannot lift my left arm over my head. I am now worried and want to know why I cannot do this.
Wed, 22 Jul 2020
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Hello,

Your symptoms seem to be related to rotator cuff tear. This is the most common cause of difficulty in raising the arm over the head. I recommend to do a physical examination and an X-ray for further evaluation. Meanwhile, I suggest using anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen in case of pain.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi, General & Family Physician
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What Causes Difficulty In Lifting Arm Above Shoulder?

Hello, Your symptoms seem to be related to rotator cuff tear. This is the most common cause of difficulty in raising the arm over the head. I recommend to do a physical examination and an X-ray for further evaluation. Meanwhile, I suggest using anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen in case of pain. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi, General & Family Physician