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Levittown, PA
A 24-year-old female asked:

what could be causing upper left arm prickling/goosebumps/fuzzy sensation/slight pins and needles that is gradually getting more intense and frequent?

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Dr. Frederick Nahm
Neurology 27 years experience
Pinched nerve: Symptoms of numbness and tingling are signs of some sort of neurological problem. In the upper arm, this could be due to a problem at the root of nerve, like a radiculopathy, or can be from inflammation of the nerve in the shoulder region. A comprehensive neurological examination and further history would be useful.

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How can I stop this left arm pins and needles sensation?

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Nerve impingement?: You are describing impingement of a nerve. Now the question is "where?" make an appointment with your doctor to begin trying to find out.
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My left arm feels weird. Lately over the last few weeks it has been getting pins and needles easily and tonight it feels a little heavy?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
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I have numb fingertips and pins and needles in my left arm ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Parasthesiae: These symptoms can be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome due to wrist ligaments pressing on nerves going to the hand. Forearm symptoms can also occur. Repetitive motions of the wrist cause the thickened wrist ligaments. Other less likely possibilities include nerve impingement at the neck or lesions of the right side of the brain cortex. I recommend consulting a hand surgeon or a neurologist.

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