Sudden sharp stinging upper left arm pain

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I recently had my heart checked. I had an echo, stress test and holter monitor. All were normal. My echo score was 68.2 not sure what that means? Anyways I was told my heart was fine. I had a bit of a cocaine problem for 4 years or so. And all of these symptoms came up after I did too much one night and went to the ER. I asked about my arteries because I know cocaine can affect those and I'd get some pretty severe sharp chest pains that were concerning to say the least. Keep getting told it's not related to the heart. I'd like to get an angiogram just to make sure all is well and can put this behind me but am told I dont need one. Just now I got a sharp sudden pain in my left arm. It's kind of stinging like as if I was stung by a bee. It lasts 5-10 seconds then comes back. I'm wondering what could this be ? No other pain with it. Just sudden sharp left arm pain. Could this be nerve pain or something to do with my neck/back ?

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    Hi mate, could be nerve pain either from brain or spine. MRI would be good, try to see a neurologist. Best of luck

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    Since your doctor tells you your heart is fine and you don't need any further heart tests, believe your doctor who is the expert and trust your normal test results because these tests are highly accurate. This is the best way to put all this behind you. When my doctor told me I didn't need further tests, I believed my doctor and was able to put my stomach problems behind me. Trusting your doctor is key to getting better. Go back to your doctor and ask about your sharp left arm pain; I don't know what that is.

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      Fair enough, but one of my best friends moms was misdiagnosed with anxiety and turns out she had stage 4 liver cancer. If she was taken seriously and they ran the proper tests when she needed them she would probably still be here. Not saying that's the norm but it happens. You know your body best. And doctors make mistakes.

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      Doctors do make mistakes but many do not. If all doctors misdiagnosed, no one would go to them. Your doctor can do no more for you than tell you that your tests were negative and reassure you. If nothing shows up, that is surely good news for you. Tests are highly accurate, if there was a problem, you would have been told and further test would have been done. This has not happened. Try not to see problems that are not there. You are focusing on only one case of medical error; you cannot base your entire reasoning on that. Try to focus on the many cases when doctors get it right. Think more positively and trust your doctor, not what your anxiety is telling you. Anxiety can make you believe you have all sorts of serious conditions which are correctly proven not to be the case through accurate tests and the skill of doctors.

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      You make some good points, I do trust my doctor. It's just frustrating when something wrong but you don't know what it is.

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