Why does my arm ache?


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Dr. Melissa Conrad Stöppler explains on MedicineNet that arm pain stems from a number of sources including abnormalities in the skin, nerves, bones, joints, blood vessels and soft tissues of the arm. She also explains that certain medical conditions or diseases, like peripheral vascular disease or arthritis, may lead to arm pain.

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According to Dr. Stöppler, arm pain may only cause a mild annoyance, but it sometimes becomes severe or potentially life threatening. For instance, pain from myocardial infarction and angina pectoris may radiate, or spread, to the arm area. She suggests finding the underlying causes of arm pain to treat it.

MDhealth.com notes other causes of arm pain, particularly pain in the left arm, as indicative of more serious medical problems including heart trouble or signs of physical difficulties such as overusing the arm for heavy lifting, poor circulation, poor posture and stress.

The National Health Service of the United Kingdom acknowledges that fibromyalgia is the cause of some cases of arm pain. The severity of the pain depends on various factors including stress levels, changes in the weather and physical activity. Even though fibromyalgia spreads throughout the body, it may concentrate in one specific area like the arm.

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