• Debbie Green Debbie Green
    September 11, 2008
    Pain and numbness in the neck and shoulder?
    Debbie Green Debbie Green
    September 11, 2008

    My son has been also feeling nauseated and depressed, and he has been feeling this numbness in his neck, shoulder and down to his elbow for about four days now.  Is it possible that he could be experiencing indications of a coming heart attack?  Thank you for any information that can help me about this.

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  • HealthSupport
    Health Guide
    September 30, 2008
    HealthSupport
    Health Guide
    September 30, 2008

    Debbie,

    I am sorry your son is going through difficult times. Heart attacks can present in many ways, especially in patients that have many concurrent conditions.  Classic symptoms of a heart attack include crushing chest pain over the center of the chest, shortness of breath, sweating, and pain radiating to the left jaw and arm.  This is not always the case, however.  Additionally, numbess in the neck, shoulder, and arm does not mean it is necessarily a heart attack.  This can result from many things as well.  One common cause includes a pinched nerve in the neck.  A proper physical exam and potential MRI could determine if this is the case.

    Because these could be serious symptoms, it is important to consult your physicians as he/she can best perform the necessary exams to determine the best course of action.

     Hope this helps,

    -HealthSupport

    Here are some links you might also find helpful:

    The Symptoms of a Heart Attack and Stroke

    Common Causes of Shoulder Pain and the Ways to Avoid Them

    10 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain


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