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Offline Skobe007

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sharp pain in my left elbow
« on: February 23, 2012, 01:34:01 AM »
I am suddenly having a sharp stabbing pain, very acute, at the point of my left elbow. Had it earlier today and it finallyy subsided on its own. Now it's back. Comes and goes about every five minutes. It's very severe pain for the two or three seconds it rears itself. Is this a sign of a heart attack? thanks.
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Re: sharp pain in my left elbow
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2012, 02:11:02 AM »
Hi Skobe, and welcome to anxiety zone  :action-smiley-065:

As far as I know, that sensation doesn't sound like a heart attack.  I think there are all sorts of issues, many minor that could cause temporary sharp pains in your elbow.

I understand that in some circumstances heart attacks can cause issues in the arms or left arm, but I imagine it would also be accompanied by other strong sensations or pains elsewhere, and i have a feeling that in most cases these sensations and pains would be absolutely overwhelming.  Also the fact your pain is coming and going in spurts doesn't sound like a heart attack to me. 

I hope the issue resolves on its own soon. Feel better. :)
-Ravens Lady

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Re: sharp pain in my left elbow
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2012, 02:19:57 AM »
Thank you for the reassurance Ravens Lady. I keep trying to convince myself that this is the only symptom so it's not a heart attack. Hearing it from someone else certainly helps. Thanks again.
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Re: sharp pain in my left elbow
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2012, 02:22:21 AM »
Do you have your arm bent often? I get sharp pains in both elbows often and i just assume its because my arm is always bent all day, never resting straight out. Also sleeping with your arm bent or under your pillow can cause it. Maybe try stretching it or icing it or applying heat and see if that helps. Best of luck to you and welcome to AZ!2
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Re: sharp pain in my left elbow
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012, 07:59:40 AM »
I agree with raven.  many things---more likely things---can cause elbow pain.

you ought to hear my kids come in and say----'mom such and so hurts and I didn't do anything for it to happen, it just did'.  our bods aren't swiss watches.  We get blips and bloops all the time that mean virtually nothing in the grand scheme of things..
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