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140 Possible Causes for Difficulty Raising Arms

  • Goiter

    […] are raised above the head Other, less common symptoms include: Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath) Coughing Wheezing (due to squeezing of the windpipe) Difficulty[my.clevelandclinic.org] […] from compression of the esophagus (rare) Neck vein distention and dizziness when the arms are raised above the head (large goiter) Signs and tests: Thyroid scan Thyroid ultrasound[uclahealth.org] […] swelling in the front of the neck, just below the Adam's apple A feeling of tightness in the throat area Hoarseness (scratchy voice) Neck vein swelling Dizziness when the arms[my.clevelandclinic.org]

  • Muscle Strain

    For example, in a full rotator cuff tear, it is often impossible to raise the arm over the head.[builtlean.com] Depending on the degree of the tear (i.e. partial/minor versus full), there will be varying levels of difficulty in moving the muscle.[builtlean.com]

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica

    raising arms above one's head (0.19 (0.10-0.28)) were all associated with increased functional impairment.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] […] that worsens after resting – for example, symptoms may be most severe when getting up in the morning fatigue (or tiredness) difficulty sleeping difficulty raising arms above[betterhealth.vic.gov.au] The majority of newly diagnosed PMR patients reported no or minimal functional difficulty.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Stroke

    Arm weakness. One arm will feel weak or numb. When asked to raise both arms, one of the person’s arms will drift downward. Speech difficulty.[saebo.com] Arm weakness: If the person tries to raise both their arms, does one arm drift downward?[medicalnewstoday.com] A: Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms. Is there weakness or numbness on one side? One arm drifting downward is a sign of one-sided arm weakness.[medicinenet.com]

  • Muscular Dystrophy

    ; Shoulder blades that “wing” out; Difficulty raising arm above shoulder height; Foot drop (foot dorsiflexion weakness); Weak lower abdominal muscles, “pregnant” belly; Loss[fshsociety.org] The person has difficulty raising the arms because of shoulder and arm muscle weakness. Weakness of the lower legs is possible as the disorder gets worse.[web.archive.org] The first symptom may be difficulty in raising the arms.[britannica.com]

  • Frozen Shoulder

    It is used to relieve disorders where there is shoulder pain accompanied by difficulty raising the arm, as occurs with frozen shoulder.[itmonline.org] You may feel this when you: Reach up toward the sky with both arms. Reach your arms out straight in front of you. Raise your arms out to the sides of your body.[familydoctor.org] If you’ve torn your rotator cuff you may find it painful and difficult to raise your arm properly, especially above shoulder height.[arthritisresearchuk.org]

  • Humerus Fracture

    Symptoms of an Axillary Nerve Injury Numbness over the deltoid muscle on the outer upper arm. Difficulty raising the arm out to the side.[sportsinjuryclinic.net] The athlete will have difficulty moving the arm either bending the elbow or raising the arm upwards. There may be deformity of the arm if the bone is displaced.[sportsinjuryclinic.net] With this injury there can be numbness on the outer upper arm and there can be difficulty moving it. Read more on the causes and treatment of this arm injury.[sportsinjuryclinic.net]

  • Shoulder Fracture

    When the clavicle is fractured, patients typically have difficulty raising the arm. See Diagnosis and Causes of a Clavicle Fracture Article continues below 2.[sports-health.com]

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    Before HBOT, patients had severe complaints of pain in the arm/shoulder (46 %), swollen arm/hand (14 %), difficulty to raise arm or move it sideways (45 %), pain in the area[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

    They might have decreased range of motion and subjective weakness with difficulty raising the arm overhead or behind the back.[smartchoicestemcell.com] Symptoms Generalized shoulder aches Difficulty sleeping because of pain Stiffness in the joint Catching sensation when raising the arm overhead Weakness in the arm with the[oaph.com] Sometimes the pain radiates down into the upper arm.[smartchoicestemcell.com]

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