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Shoulder/upper arm pain

I'm 40 year old male in good overall shape. For 2 weeks I've had dull/muscular pain in the upper right arm and shoulder area. The exact spot seems to move around a bit. On a few occasions its radiated into the elbow, thumb and index finger. Its at its worst in the morning. There are good days and bad days.

I still have full mobility but some movements hurt. eg if I lay arm down by my side, palm down its fine, but if I rotate my arm to have palm up its painful in the shoulder and upper arm, another example is if my arm is bent at a right angle say to scratch my chest I feel the pain. I do have some hypermobility in a number of joints, I do modest gym exercises 4 time a week but also work behind a desk 5 days a week.

In the past I've had a few neck spasms that last up to a week and some of these will have pain that migrates into one arm. What I'm experiencing now feels similar to that but this time no neck issues and there is no injury/event moment to trigger it.

Is this a pinched nerve? Some other problem?
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Consult a orthopedic doctor
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Based on your symptoms, it is possible that you may have a pinched nerve or another issue in the shoulder or upper arm area. It's important to seek medical attention to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. In the meantime, consider modifying your gym routine and desk work to avoid aggravating the affected area. Be sure to discuss any previous neck spasms with your doctor, as it may be related to your current symptoms.
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363281 tn?1643235611
Hello~I strongly suggest that you see a chiropractor. You probably have some misplaced vertebrae that are pressing on  some nerves causing these issues. The chiro will take some x-rays, study them and then go over the results and a plan for your healing. After a few treatments you should start to feel better.
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That spot is notorious for tendinitis or bursitis. Repetitive movement that puts pressure on the bursae is common.  The bursae can become inflamed. Does ibuprofen take the pain away at all? Have you had an x ray or any imaging of the area? Pinched nerves are always a possibility too. My husband had pain a lot like you describe. He say a neurologist who suggested surgery. You know what was happening? He was using our old mower that the push forward part had broken so it was a lot of work to push and it jarred him over and over. He was going to have the surgery but waiting for winter. But it got better. He didn't have the surgery, and in spring we got the mower out and it started again. We got a new mower and he hasn't had the issue since. Glad he didn't have surgery! Point being, ,weird things can set off pain in that area.
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