What other symptoms might occur with arm pain?

Other symptoms may occur with arm pain. Symptoms vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, if you have a fever, your arm pain may be due to infection or inflammation. Arm pain due to arthritis may occur with joint stiffness and reduced range of motion.

Symptoms that might occur along with arm pain

Symptoms that may occur with arm pain include:

  • Back, neck or shoulder pain

  • Burning feeling in the arm

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Joint pain

  • Muscle spasms

  • Numbness

  • Reduced elbow movement

  • Skin bumps

  • Skin discoloration, such as bruising

  • Swelling

  • Unexpected weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, arm pain may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have arm pain with other serious symptoms including:

  • Arm deformity

  • Bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions

  • Chest pain radiating to the left arm, shoulder, neck or jaw

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Inability to use your arm

  • Popping or cracking sound at time of arm injury

  • Red streaks around a tender sore or lump

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, and choking

  • Weakness (loss of strength)


What is arm pain?

Arm pain is any type of pain or discomfort in the arm, which is considered the area from the shoulder joint to the wrist joint. Your arms are made up of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels, all of which are subject to injury, infection, or other conditions that can be painful.

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What causes arm pain?

Typically arm pain is due to overuse, injury, or age-related wear and tear on the muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments of the arm. Usually these conditions are not serious and you can prevent and treat overuse and minor injuries with self-care and lifestyle changes. For example, proper rest in between periods of exertion and abstaining from extreme sports without proper conditioning ar... Read more about arm paincauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Jul 29, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles, Heart Attack, Angina

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