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A 39-year-old member asked:

It seems whenever i drink alcohol my right arm gets numb and sometimes tingles is this normal?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
No: And if you get this every time you drink, but you still drink, then I have some concerns about you. Talk to your doctor - numbness in an arm can mean nerve damage or problems in the chest cavity as well. Why it would occur only when you drink alcohol I have no idea, but the fact that you get an adverse effect but still drink concerns me that there is an alcohol problem. Talk to your doctor.
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 49 years experience
also check for cancer, like Hodgkin's disease. Pain in an affected area has been reported with alcohol. Your symptoms are different, but workup is reasonable
Feb 2, 2014
Last updated Feb 2, 2014


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