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Different pains on left arm than right?

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 289
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I was wondering if anyone had a similar problem. I have a lot of achy sore pain on my left shoulder, left arm etc...But on my right shoulder (between my right shoulder blade) down the back of my right arm I get a more pinched pain along with a more kinked typed stiff feeling. I do get stiff feeling on the other side and down the middle of my spine in the neck area, but it is different.

For the longest time I'd only get the pinched right side stuff when I'd sleep on my stomach with my head turned to the right...Now I'm just starting to get it whenever.

Has anyone had different pains on each side related to your disc problems before? And what have your doctors reasons for it been?


I see my doctor in 2 1/2 weeks.



  • Yes, I've had different pains on the right than the left. You pretty much have to assume that degeneration/injury doesn't affect both sides of your spine identically. Discs don't necessarily bulge uniformly and osteophyte formation or hypertrophy isn't going to be equal on both sides. You may be having symptoms from one cervical level on the left and a different cervical level on the right. And even on the same side and level, the symptoms can change from day to day, depending on how pressure is being exerted on nerves, etc. Some days I hurt from midneck down to my collarbone, other days the pain is on top of my shoulder, just past the collarbone. Sometimes, the pain goes down my arm. Just giving you examples... :)

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
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