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A 56-year-old male asked:

Left shoulder pins and needles down my arm, my index finger feels numb, feels like the blood flow is being trapped but chronic aching/hurting ?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marc Goldhagen
Occupational Medicine 34 years experience
Pinched nerve: Pins and needles from shoulder to hand can be caused by pressure on a nerve in the neck exiting the c-spine. See your doctor for evaluation .
Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 33 years experience
Brachial plexitis: inflamation of your brachial plexus, group of nerves that come together as they are coming out of your cervical spine. This in my experience usually responds to a course of steroids, although for some reason the literature calls it "self limited". We usually don't know the cause, can be viral, due to a chronic inflamatory condition like lupus. Rarely due to spread of cancer. Should be checked.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Parsonage-Turner syndrome can suddenly depart about 6 months after onset, but best to treat ASAP to prevent long-term damage.
Jul 13, 2014
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Several reasons?: Could be a pinched nerve within the neck compressing C-6 nerve root, could be brachial plexitis, could represent more distal problem at elbow, such as pronator syndrome. Need to assess precise location and causes, as treatment far more successful under certainty.
Last updated Nov 12, 2019


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