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I am 32 years old. Ever since I was a kid I would get a sharp pain in my right arm between the elbow and shoulder. The pain last for about 3-5 seconds and I get this pain every couple of weeks. The pain is sudden and stops me in my tracks and I can't move my arm until the pain goes away. I don't know what triggers the pain. Any suggestions on what causes the pain?

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replied November 19th, 2009
Muscular and Nerve Disorders Answer A7948
Hello and welcome to eHealth Forum!

Sudden shooting pain lasting 3-5 seconds between shoulder and elbow can be due to pinched nerves. The nerves can be pinched at the cervical spine level or at the level of the shoulder.

You would need to get a MRI of the cervical spine done for this. Consult a neurologist regarding this. At times nerve conduction studies are done. Hope this helps. Take care!

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