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Pain in upper arm under shoulder which reduces on raising arm

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I've been having pain in my upper arm for the past two days. The pain goes away when I'm lying down and subsides to some extent when I raise my arm high, but the pain can be fairly severe otherwise.

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Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring.

Can you please provide me some additional information regarding this pain so that I can help you better.

1. Where exactly is the pain ? Which side ? Is it near the shoulder joint ? or Is it in the shoulder joint ?

2. Is the pain present in whole diameter of the arm or just in a localised area ?

3. The pain decreased when you raise your arm over head. (Please correct me I am wrong)

4. Do you feel the pain in the bones or muscles (or can't distinguish) ?

5. Does the pain increase if you 1.clench the fist, 2. Push against a wall ?

You can reply as a followup.
Thank you

Patient replied :

Pain is in left side, under shoulder. Not sure if it's in shoulder joint.) Pain is localized. Pain decreases when I raise arm and goes away when I lie down. Don't know if pain is in bones or muscles. Pain does not increase if I clench fist or push against wall.


The pain appears to be from a strained muscle or ligament. The symptoms are bit non specific to localise the origin of the pain. However there are no warning signs. So probably it is a shoulder joint ligament sprain . (As the pain is influenced by movement )

I recommend you to keep the arm in rested position. Do not exert or lift heavy objects for a week. If there is pain you can take an OTC pain medication like Ibuprofen 400 mg twice daily for 5 days. This will also help in reducing the inflammation.

Hope this helps
Please feel free to ask followup questions.
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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