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Old 07-09-2019, 09:29 AM
 
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Hello,

I've been having increasingly frequent pain in my left arm and right side of neck. I have some back problems so I'm hoping it's "just" another disc problem, and I do have another back doctor appointment in about 10 days. It's the "left-arm" thing that's concerning me; and my father had a heart attack young. But I don't want to waste a visit to a cardiologist if this is obviously NOT cardiac related.....

The pain started months ago and is random, but got worse in the last few weeks. It feels like tingles and minor pains in different parts of my left arm and hand; and tightness in different spots on my right-side neck, sometimes feeling under the jaw.

Exercise does NOT seem to make it worse. I took a blood test last year and cholesterol and blood pressure were all really good. Is it still possible it could be cardiac? Should I just wait to see the back doctor in 10 days or should I rush to squeeze in a cardiologist to be safe?
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:56 AM
 
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It's the "left-arm" thing that's concerning me; and my father had a heart attack young.
Don't wait 10 days and then see a back doctor. Tell your PCP right away.

Now.
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:14 PM
 
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People experiencing angina feel discomfort or pain as a result of the heart getting less oxygen than it needs. Along with left arm pain, symptoms might occur in the shoulders, neck, back, or jaw. Angina may also feel like indigestion. Angina is not a heart attack.
See a doctor for further examination...
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317652.php
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:35 PM
 
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Get to emergency room NOW, do not pass go, do not collect 200.00

There is no way that a.an online forum can diagnose you
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:44 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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The E.R. Is your best bet, Id wager they wont let you languish in the waiting room. Mention the family history & pain, youll see.
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:01 PM
 
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I made an appt with my pcp for tomorrow. I feel ok for the time being.
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Old 07-10-2019, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hello,

I've been having increasingly frequent pain in my left arm and right side of neck. I have some back problems so I'm hoping it's "just" another disc problem, and I do have another back doctor appointment in about 10 days. It's the "left-arm" thing that's concerning me; and my father had a heart attack young. But I don't want to waste a visit to a cardiologist if this is obviously NOT cardiac related.....

The pain started months ago and is random, but got worse in the last few weeks. It feels like tingles and minor pains in different parts of my left arm and hand; and tightness in different spots on my right-side neck, sometimes feeling under the jaw.

Exercise does NOT seem to make it worse. I took a blood test last year and cholesterol and blood pressure were all really good. Is it still possible it could be cardiac? Should I just wait to see the back doctor in 10 days or should I rush to squeeze in a cardiologist to be safe?
I would see your doctor asap. No it really doesn't sound like a heart issue and most of the pains we have are not, but for heavens sake, it is better to be safe than sorry. If for no other reason just to ease your mind and if it is a heart issue you certainly want to have it stopped before it become a bigger issue.

Glad to hear you are going to the doctor. Keep us informed and good luck.
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Old Yesterday, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Illinois USA
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chest pain and arm pain is always concerning , you CANNOT rule it out based on history alone
your risk factors are most important
go to the ER
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Old Yesterday, 08:06 PM
 
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Good news (in the scheme of things). PCP was 100% confident it's not cardiovascular. She said the exact types of pain I have don't look like it at all. (She did take a second look at everything when I mentioned my father's early heart attack....) She said it's probably related to all of my joint and back issues made worse by stress. Possibly nerves affected.

Well, I'm off to mr. back doctor to see what he can contribute to this mess.

Thanks all.
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Old Today, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Good news (in the scheme of things). PCP was 100% confident it's not cardiovascular. She said the exact types of pain I have don't look like it at all. (She did take a second look at everything when I mentioned my father's early heart attack....) She said it's probably related to all of my joint and back issues made worse by stress. Possibly nerves affected.

Well, I'm off to mr. back doctor to see what he can contribute to this mess.

Thanks all.
Glad you can put that behind you. It is always a hard decision when the there is any reason to suspect something serious. There is the good and bad about all the knowledge we have today. The good is, most of us are aware of the warning signs something could be seriously wrong but the bad news is the same: we often worry when there is absolutely no need for concern. Chest pain is the perfect example. The signs are so generalized any pain could mean heart issues.

Good luck with your back doctor, see a pain doctor about mine next Tuesday.
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