Pain in Right Arm: When is Right Arm Pain Not Serious?

Pain in the Right Arm?

Pain experienced in the right arm is usually not serious, but when it is coupled with other symptoms like pain in the leg or tightness of the chest, it may be more serious.

When Is Right Arm Pain Not Serious?

Pain in the right arm is not serious when it is the only symptom experienced.

When it comes with other signs, it may need some investigation to determine cause and find out proper course of treatment.

Pain in the Right Arm, Is it Heart Attack?

Chances are that it’s not.

  • Heart attacks usually present with pain and numbness of the left arm.

  • The pain can radiate to the chest, the neck, the jaw, and the right arm, but right arm pain on its own is not a typical heart attack symptom.

  • However, when right arm pain comes with some of the following symptoms, patients may need to visit the emergency room:

    • Chest Pain

    • Difficulty Breathing

    • Stomach Upset

    • Cold, Clammy Sweating

    • Paralysis or Left Arm or Loss of Strength

Common Complaints, Causes and Treatment

  • Right Arm and Leg Pain

    • In this case, especially when it is coupled by numbness, there is a high likelihood of stroke

    • Patients experiencing this need to have immediate medical attention.

  • Pain in Right Arm and Shoulder

    • When experienced on waking, it can be caused by a bad sleeping position.

    • It can be also be caused by strain and overuse of the muscle

    • Rest is a key, if it does not go away, patients will need to visit the doctor

  • Pain in Right Arm and Hand

    • Can be indicative of a dermatone or a pinched nerve

    • Pinched nerves are usually accompanied by skin tenderness and later on numbness

    • Can be treated by a qualified chiropractor

  • Right Arm and Neck Pain

    • Muscle stress and overuse

    • Muscle spasms

    • Can be caused by spinal cord problems

    • In some women, it can be caused by an ill fitting bra that does not provide the proper support.

    • Treatment depends on the cause

5 thoughts on “Pain in Right Arm: When is Right Arm Pain Not Serious?

  • December 17, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I have a lot of ache in my arms all day. Have an unsettled stomach. There is no chest pain but occasional “pushing” feeling over lower part of the breast bone. Is it due to exercise or lifting heavy things?

    • December 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      There can be many reasons; however the most common reason can be due to lifting heavy weights. If you are suspecting the same, avoid lifting heavy objects for a week or two. You may find the difference. You have not mentioned your age. But if you are above the age of 40, then cardiac evaluation should be done, even if you are not suspecting any relevant problem with heart.


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