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A 28-year-old female asked:

i am experiencing numbness or tingling (side: one side only) (time frame: sudden) on my left shoulder for about 6+ months?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Tingling L shoulder: Could be thoracic outlet syndrome or coming from compressed irritated nerve in the neck. Would get MRI of cervical spine and if normal follow up with orthopedist regarding thoracic outlet syndrome or other impingement disorders, rarely could be MS or mass(tumor- check CXR, thyroid, nodes) or TMJ . Would not delay as over time with tingling can lose function and strength. ,
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Varies: Numbness suggests a neurological cause of which there are a number of possibilities including a pinched nerve in the neck. I would not hesitate to be seen for a thorough evaluation.

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