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I am a 48 year old female, and every morning when I wake up,my right arm hurts really bad in the elbow and mid arm section kinda like i slept on it all night sometimes it wakes me out of my sleep. It hurts really bad to raise it up or when i try to close my hand, it hurts alot. My left arm hurts too, but not as bad as the right one. I also have slight pains in my chest that comes and goes and feel nauseated off and on. My jaw hurts on the right side as if i chewed something hard and my jaw bone is stuck, but this comes and goes. I went to the emergency room and had an ekg and chest xray done and both came back normal. The Dr. finally said it was stress and gave me a prescription for Xanax and sent me home. I am not stressed. What else could this be?

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replied March 9th, 2010
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Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out. The few possibilities which I can think of in your case is a muscle strain. This commonly occurs due to the overstretching of the muscle tissue resulting in the damage to the small blood vessels. Using some OTC painkiller for a few days and rest should help improve the symptoms.

Patients with diabetes can also present such pains and hence it makes sense to get the blood sugar & HbA1c done to rule out diabetes. An injury to the brachial plexus which is a bundle of the nerves and supplies the upper limb can cause these problems. This also needs to be ruled out. Sleeping on the right arm can also present with similar complaints and thus needs to be avoided. I’ll suggest consulting a neurologist as you might need further investigations like Nerve conduction velocity to look for any abnormalities in the nerves.

I sincerely hope this information helps. Take care.

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