Arm pain can begin as a mild annoyance and escalate into preventing you from using your arm entirely.
What are the symptoms?
Arm pain can occur suddenly or develop over time. It can be mild to severe, and might be a burning, stabbing, aching, or burning pain.
What are the causes of arm pain?
There are a number of different potential causes of arm pain, which can even originate from a problem in the neck or upper spine:
- Phantom limb pain – Extreme pain felt in an arm that is no longer a part of the body. This is a central pain brought on by the brain and spinal cord.
- Diabetic neuropathy – Often a sharp pain felt in the arm or other limbs as a result of diabetes damaging specific nerves.
- Cancer pain – Arm pain is felt if cancer has spread to the bones in the arm, or if there is a tumor pressing up against bones and tissue.
- Fibromyalgia – Arm pain as a result of a musculoskeletal disorder than affect the entire body.
- Herniated disc – Arm pain from a damaged or unhealthy disc in the upper back.
- Complex regional pain syndrome – Pain felt in the arm (or another limb) as a result of a nerve disorder that develops after an injury.
How is it treated?
The treatment for arm pain depends on its cause. For example, nerve blocks and spinal cord stimulation can be used to block pain signals sent to the brain in the cases of diabetic neuropathy and complex regional pain syndrome.