What other symptoms might occur with upper arm pain?

Upper arm pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that affect the upper arm may also involve other body systems.

Arm symptoms that may occur along with upper arm pain

Upper arm pain may accompany other symptoms affecting the arm including:

  • Bleeding or bruising
  • Difficulty moving the arm or shoulder
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations (paresthesia)
  • Swelling (edema)
  • Warmth or redness

Other symptoms that may occur along with upper arm pain

Upper arm pain may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Back pain
  • Burning or tingling sensation in other areas of the body
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in other joints
  • Shoulder pain

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, upper arm pain that occurs in isolation or with other symptoms might indicate a heart attack (myocardial infarction), which is a serious or life-threatening condition that should be evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have symptoms that frequently occur with a heart attack. These include:

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
  • Sweating

What is upper arm pain?

Pain in the upper arm can result from damage or injury to any of the structures in the upper arm, including bones, joints, tendons, muscles, nerves, connective tissue, skin, or blood vessels. In some cases, pain perceived in the upper arm may actually be referred pain caused by injury or disease elsewhere in the body, such as a heart attack.

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What causes upper arm pain?

Injury or damage to any of the structures in the upper arm can lead to upper arm pain. Upper arm pain may also result from conditions that affect other areas of the body or the entire body, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, or vascular disease.

Traumatic causes of upper arm pain

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 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.

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