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I woke up with back pain and left arm pain, pain is mild now but arm still feels weird, should I see the doctor?

I woke up this morning from with pain in my back and left shoulder.  I tried taking ibuprofen and using a heating pad, but pain persisted and my arm began hurting as well.  I took benadryl so that I could sleep despite the pain and woke up feeling much better.  My arm still feels strange- mild pain that comes and goes and a little bit of tingliness.  I am wondering if I should see a doctor or just see what happens?

Related Topics: Arm, Shoulder, Ibuprofen, Vision, Back Pain

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So sorry to hear you're going through this. Pain in the left arm and the back is always concerning, in terms of whether it could be heart related.

If you are a woman, please read this article about the possible symptoms of a heart attack, which can include pain in the left shoulder and back, along with weakness on that side.

If you are a man or a woman and are experiencing any of these symptoms, please get checked out by a health care provider right away:

  • Chest pain, discomfort or heaviness
  • Pain or discomfort radiating to the back, jaw or throat
  • Sweating, nausea, vomiting or dizziness
  • Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeats
Now, all that said, it's also possible you're suffering from a pinched nerve or muscle strain. Nonetheless, if the pain persists, gets worse, or if you begin experiencing other symptoms, please see a health care provider as soon as possible.

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