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A 30-year-old female asked:

Extreme pain in both arms, my hands are swollen and go numb. if kept elevated, i get pins & needles feeling in them. is this serious? what will help?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Possibilities: Most common cause could well be carpal tunnel syndrome;i.e., compression of median nerves at wrist. But the response to elevation might raise concerns regarding thoracic outlet syndrome, a brachial plexus compression bilaterally. This is best evaluated and confirmed on EMG testing, which will lead to treatment and likely symptom reversal.

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Last updated Jan 6, 2015

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