What Causes Arm Pain?
Arm pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose arm pain, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "arm pain" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- T4 Syndrome
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
- Heart Disease
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
dark urine color
severe leg/foot cramps
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
history of heart attack
multiple swollen cervical nodes
long-term sleep deficit
daily morning stiffness
severe diffuse bone pain
difficulty falling asleep
... and more than 70 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of arm pain:
|Peripheral Vascular Disease
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you suffer from pain in your arms that is hard to pinpoint?
→ Don't know
→ Yes, slight
→ Yes, moderate
→ Yes, severe
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of non-specific arm pain, non-specific arm pain or severe non-specific arm pain, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Arm pain due to angina is explained by the concept of referred pain: the same spinal level that receives nerve signals from the heart simultaneously receives sensation from certain areas of skin, without the ability to discriminate the two. The arms are typical locations for the referred pain, usually the inner left arm.
Compartment syndrome usually occurs in the legs, but very occasionally affects the arms.
Degenerative wear and tear may affect the ligaments and musculature surrounding the elbow, resulting in chronic diffuse arm pain or pain that is poorly defined about the elbow.
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