Left arm pain: When to worry
One of the key differences between men’s and women’s heart attacks is how the pain moves: in men, the pain moves from the shoulder down the left arm or up to the chin; in women, the pain moves from the shoulder down the left arm or up to the chin; in men, the pain can reach into the abdomen and feel like nausea, indigestion, and anxiety.
The American Heart Association lists the following warning signs of a heart attack at Heart.org/HeartAttack: Chest pain or discomfort. Lightheadedness, nausea, or vomiting. Jaw, neck, or back pain. Discomfort or pain in the arm or shoulder. Shortness of breath.
What does left arm pain from heart attack feel like?
Men’s left arm pain can radiate down the left arm or up to the chin; if the pain is sudden and unusually severe, or accompanied by pressure or squeezing in the chest, seek emergency treatment right away. Women’s left arm pain can be subtler, and it can radiate to the right or left arm.
When should I worry about left arm pain?
Summary. Left arm pain without chest pain can be a dull ache or a shooting pain, and it can be accompanied by other symptoms like headaches and muscle weakness. If the pain is severe or persistent, see a doctor; if the pain is caused by trauma or if there are any symptoms of a stroke or heart attack, seek emergency medical attention.
How do I know if my arm pain is serious?
If you have any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
- An obvious deformity or protruding bone in your arm or wrist, especially if you have bleeding or other injuries
- Arm, shoulder, or back pain that comes on suddenly, is unusually severe, or is accompanied by pressure, fullness, or squeezing in your chest (this may signal a heart attack)
Why is my left arm aching?
If your arm hurts, your first thought might be that you hurt it. However, pain in one part of the body can come from anywhere; a pain in your left arm could indicate a bone or joint injury, a pinched nerve, or a heart problem.
How long does your arm hurt before a heart attack?
2. Heart attack. A sudden left arm pain that gets increasingly intense over the course of a few minutes is a common initial symptom of a heart attack.
How do you know if arm pain is heart related?
An obvious deformity or protruding bone in your arm or wrist, especially if you have bleeding or other injuries. Arm, shoulder, or back pain that comes on suddenly, is unusually severe, or is accompanied by pressure, fullness, or squeezing in your chest (this may signal a heart attack).
What does cardiac arm pain feel like?
Discomfort in the upper body parts, such as the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach, that may feel like heaviness, fullness, squeezing, or pain.
What are the first signs of a heart attack in a woman?
Females may experience any of the following symptoms as a result of a heart attack:
- Pain and discomfort in the center or left side of the chest that may go away and return.
- Weakness or lightheadedness.
- Shortness of breath.
- pain in the jaw, back, or neck.
- pain in one or both arms.
How do you rule out a heart attack?
The following tests can be used to diagnose a heart attack:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG): This initial test for diagnosing a heart attack records electrical signals as they travel through your heart.
- Blood tests: After a heart attack, certain heart proteins slowly leak into your bloodstream.
When should you see a doctor for arm pain?
If you have arm pain but no obvious injury that requires immediate medical attention, you should see your doctor as soon as possible if the pain is severe, you have difficulty moving and using your arm, or your arm, hand, or fingers have an abnormal sensation.
What does a pinched nerve in the arm feel like?
Numbness or decreased sensation in the nerve-supplied area; sharp, aching, or burning pain that may radiate outward; tingling, pins and needles sensations (paresthesia)
Why does my arm hurt for no reason?
Overuse, injury, or age-related wear and tear on the muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments of the arm are the most common causes of arm pain. These conditions are usually not serious, and overuse and minor injuries can be prevented and treated with self-care and lifestyle changes.
What does a blood clot in the arm feel like?
Swelling, usually in one arm; cramping; tenderness to the touch; skin that is reddish or bluish in color.
Can gas cause left arm pain?
Pain in other areas of the upper body, such as the neck, back, shoulders, arms, or jaw, vs. pain that feels like a strong pressure applied to the chest. A pain in the jaw is particularly common in women.