Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

141 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

While digging out an igloo yesterday I heard a popping

While digging out an igloo yesterday I heard a popping noise in my left arm and I was unable to move my arm without experiencing severe spastic pain which started in the one spot and spread pain all along the arm. (it took me nearly 10 mintues to back out of the igloo due to the fact that I could not move without my arm hurting so bad that my entire body would seize up. After I was back in the house I was unable to lower the arm flat to my side. Several times when I was forced to move around my arm would spasm and I felt almost as if I was going into shock. My breathing would become very shallow and labored and I would have to stand completely still for several moments until the pain subsided. This lasted for a little over two hours with the spasms becoming more frequent, but less intense, and shorter lived. While sitting at the table I made a slight movement to reach for something with my right arm and I heard another pop, same location, and just as quickly as the immobilization started, it went away with only a small amount of soreness as a result of the experience. Similar occurrences to this have happened with the other arm, but never quite as severe or long lasting. It is the same spot on both arms. What I believe is a bicep, inner arm, aprox 6 inches down from the shoulder blade. The popping is always the first indicator and it feels as though a wide sharp object, more like a javelin than knife, is pressing into that one spot. No one thing seems to trigger the experience, and minor occurrences last only a moment after which I can resume whatever I was doing without anymore trouble. While these episodes are always painful they are not overly long lived (rarely do they last more than half an hour) and don't seem to have any lasting effect on my life, I would like any ideas as to what might be causing them and if there is a way I can stop them from happening again.
Wed, 2 Mar 2016
Report Abuse
For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

Hi, Thank you in advance for your help. Yesterday, as a safety precaution, I had my fingers in my ears while a friend operated a circular saw. I shifted my jaw a little and heard a loud pop, which was accompanied by a temporary ringing. My hearing has significantly decreased in that ear since this event. Was it the loudness of the pop that caused some noise induced hearing loss or did that pop somehow affect a middle or inner ear mechanism? I should add that I have been in remission from cochlear hydrops in that ear for about 12 years. Thank you so much!

doctor1 MD

A few weeks ago, I attempted to hold back a sneeze and in doing so felt a sharp pain in my throat . It feels as if I have been punched in the throat. It feels like a strianed muscle or a bruise . The inside of my throat is not soar or raw and I have no other symptoms. Then yesterday after an unstifled sneeze, I took a bit of lunch and while swallowing , I felt and heard a pop. Since that point yesterday, the pain in my throad has been greatly intensified. It now hurts to even swallow saliva . Still now interior soreness or raw, scratchy throat feeling,... just feels like a sever bruise or a pulled or torn muscle or somthing.

doctor1 MD

I am a dancer..earlier while i was stretching my splits i finally got my left splits to touch the ground. My right were still not there. So i stretched. Little more and proceeded slide into my right splits when i heard popping noises and then i felt a weird sensation of pain in my right leg/buttock. It feels sort of like a cramp.. It wont stretch out.. What happened?

Loading Online Doctors....