When toget immediatemedical help

See your GP immediately if:

  • your arm pain is brought on by exercise and relieved with rest; it may be a sign of angina (restrictedblood supply to the heart)
  • you think you may have a broken arm (but aren't sure)
  • your arm becomes red, hot and swollen over a period of a few hours, and you start to feel generally unwell and develop a high temperature; you may have an infection

Call 999 for an ambulance if:

  • the pain has come on suddenly and your chest feels like it's being squeezed (you may be having a heart attack or stroke )
  • you have obviously broken your arm (it looks the wrong shape)

Read onto get a better idea of what might be wrong with your arm, butdon't use this informationto diagnose yourself always see your GP for a proper diagnosis.

Shoulder pain is covered separately.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018