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:
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Costochronditis
  • Angina
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • 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:
very angry/hostile disposition
being a motivated person
no vitamin E supplementation
severe calorie restriction
high hydrogenated fat consumption
long-term low-carb dieting
sleeping more than necessary
heart attack(s) in mother
history of birth control pill use
high LDL cholesterol level
shortness of breath when at rest
recent onset hypertension
... and more than 40 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
Mitral Valve Prolapse 90% Confirm
Costochronditis 60% Possible
Atherosclerosis 13% Unlikely
Heart Disease 2% Ruled out
Arrhythmias 1% Ruled out
Angina 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:
Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

In cases of heart disease, pain will usually be felt in the left or middle of the chest, but it can also be felt in the inner sides of the left arm, neck, jaw, or between the shoulder blades.

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