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What causes pain in left shoulder and arm?

Pain in left shoulder area but pain going down left arm unbearable. Already been to an ER. Not a heart attack. Been going on for about 3 weeks. The more I move my left arm around, the better it feels but after a nights sleep the pain is horrible. Like the worst cramps ever.
Sat, 6 Oct 2018
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Hi,

The location and movement of a pain give clues as to what is going on. Pain that shoots in the direction of a nerve often is due to a local injury of the nerve. In particular, the spine in the neck often produces pain going out from the neck, down the shoulder, and to the hand.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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Dr. Matt Wachsman,
Addiction Medicine Specialist
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