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
Reduced elbow movement
Skin discoloration, such as bruising
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:
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