Who can concentrate driving when you have a pain in right arm or left arm? It is the same as having uncontrollable itchy armpits when you have to stop driving and then scratch your armpit really hard. I remember having a painful left arm before because of an accident before and I had to let someone drive for me for a few days because of the severe pain. Yet, painful arm is a common problem among many drivers.
Arm pain is pain that affects the part from the shoulder down to the wrist joint. Arms are made up of joints, bones, tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and ligaments, in which injury to any of them can cause mild to severe pain. The pain could last for a few days, weeks, months or remain constant. It can also be felt on a particular area of the arm only or on the entire arm. A person with arm pain may suffer from a piercing or tingly pain and may also experience pain-like sensations such as pins and needles, burning sensation, or prickling. Some pain may just cause discomfort while others may have debilitating pain, limiting your movement.
There is a wide variety of conditions that may cause a painful arm, ranging from trauma to problems in the nerves. Sometimes, the pain is only a referred pain where the pain is originating from other parts of the body; it can be indication of a heart attack. This is especially true if the pain affects the left arm and is coupled with other symptoms such as squeezing pain felt in the middle of the chest, vomiting, nauseas, irregular heart rate, sweating, and difficulty in breathing. In this case, you need to call or visit a doctor for help.
Additionally, even if you do not have the symptoms that are indicative of a heart attack and even if the pain is persistent and recurring, you should still see a doctor.
Other possible causes of arm pain are trauma especially during physical activities, muscle tension, pinched nerves, bicipital tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and cervical disk herniation among others. It would be good to consult your doctor for proper diagnosis of your condition.
But as a patient, there are also basic things that you could do to alleviate the symptoms or prevent further damage to the affected arm. One of them is to remove all jewelries and unnecessary decorations in the arm including your watch, bracelets and other jewelries as soon as you feel the pain. Doing so can also help in preventing these jewelries from getting stuck in case the area becomes inflamed. You should also try your best to always elevate the affected arm above the level of the heart. This is very important to avoid swelling. Additionally, if your doctor recommends any medication, take it unless you are allergic to it.
Arm pain may not be life-threatening, but it does need your attention because serious complications may result from it. If you are in doubt about what causes your pain and on how to treat it, it is best if you consult your doctor.