The Causes of Left Arm Pain

Left arm pain can be a frightening thing because one of the first things that comes to mind is that you might be having a heart attack.  While this is possible, it isn’t probable because there are generally other symptoms that go along with a heart attack.  Left arm pain can occur for a number of other reasons that are more minor and completely unrelated to a heart attack.

One possible cause of left arm pain is poor circulation.  This is especially the case if you are feeling numbness or tingling in your arm.  If you have poor circulation you might find that your hand is also quite cold.  Poor circulation can be made worse by certain medications so it is important to know if this is a possible side effect of any medications you are taking.

Another potential cause of left arm pain is if your arm falls “asleep”, which also feels like a tingling feeling in your arm.  It can even be sore, especially if you slept on it the wrong way or had it in an awkward position.  Another cause of left arm pain is psychological.  People who are under large amounts of stress or who commonly experience panic attacks can experience pain in their left arm.

Besides the above causes of left arm pain, you could also simply have sore muscles.  Muscle fatigue is the most common form of arm pain in the right or left.  It is also possible that there is an injury to the arm such as pulled ligaments or even a minor fracture of the bone.  If you know you have been doing the type of physical activity that might result in these types of injuries, then you might just have the cause of your left arm pain.

If the pain in your left arm is caused by a heart attack, then most likely you will also be experiencing chest pain as well.  Pain usually begins in the chest and spreads to the left arm.  If you are having a heart attack, the pain would most likely be accompanied by pain or pressure in the chest, shortness of breath, and excessive sweating.  However, there is the possibility that having a series of minor heart attacks, coronary disease, or general heart disease can contribute to left arm pain, but this is rare.

It is important to consider your state of mind and your position when you experience pain in your left arm.  If you are concerned, it is advisable to consult your doctor who will run an EKG and blood work to find out if your left arm pain is heart related.  Most likely the pain in your left arm is related to something less serious and is not life threatening.

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