Unusual Upper-Left Pain

What Causes Upper-Left Arm, Chest Or Neck Pain?

Upper-left arm, chest or neck pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' 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 upper-left arm, chest or neck 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 "upper-left arm, chest or neck pain" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Angina
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart Disease
  • Costochronditis

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:
chest wall pain
reasonably controlled diabetes
recent onset hypertension
very high LDL cholesterol level
no vitamin E supplementation
heart disease in family members
poorly controlled diabetes
discontinued calcium supplementation
apple-shaped body when overweight
discontinued multiple vitamin use
history of heart attack
leg cramps caused by walking
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of upper-left arm, chest or neck pain:
Cause Probability Status
Angina 94% Confirm
Costochronditis 58% Possible
Heart Disease 30% Unlikely
Mitral Valve Prolapse 0% Ruled out
Arrhythmias 0% Ruled out
Atherosclerosis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Cardiovascular Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about unusual upper-left pain:
Do you suffer from occasional and unusual pain that is in your chest, upper left arm, or left side of neck?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderate
→ Often / severe
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate pain in chest or left side, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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