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Doctor insights on: Aching Left Arm And Tingling Fingers

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more


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What's causing my left arm to ache from the shoulder to the fingers?

What's causing my left arm to ache from the shoulder to the fingers?

Check the neck: Your arm pain could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. A herniated disk in the neck could be causing your symptoms. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I am nauseous, have tingling in my left arm and fingers are numb. What is going on?

I am nauseous, have tingling in my left arm and fingers are numb. What is going on?

Carpal Tunnel: Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. I would recommend evaluation with a hnd surgeon. ...Read more

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What causes tingling all over the body, tingling and pain in the toes and fingers, and numbness on and off in the left arm?

What causes tingling all over the body, tingling and pain in the toes and fingers, and numbness on and off in the left arm?

Heart attack: Not knowing your age and health status I would suggest immediate medical attention to rule out some serious medical condition as a heart attack or impending stroke. ...Read more

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My whole left arm sore, tingling in left back for 2 months (upper left of back) could it be bursitis. ..The upper part of left arm hurts the most?

My whole left arm sore, tingling in left back for 2 months (upper left of back) could it be bursitis. ..The upper part of left arm hurts the most?

Nerve irritation: When you get a tingly sensation, it is usually because a nerve is irritated. Although bursitis is a possibility, a pinched nerve in your neck can cause the same symptoms. See your primary care doc, and if necessary referral to a physiatrist. These symptoms usually improve with a short course of anti-inflammatories (if you can take them) and physical therapy. ...Read more

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What are the possible reasons for my left arm and fingers tingling and hurting?

What are the possible reasons for my left arm and fingers tingling and hurting?

Carpal tunnel: Pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and night pain are the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treatment options: rest, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space, cortisone injection, carpal tunnel release surgery (endoscopic). ...Read more

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My whole left arm sore, tingling in left back for 2 months?

Pain in arm: What part of your back? Referred pain from the lower neck can produce arm pain and upper back pain. ...Read more

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Tingling in left finger and bad circulation down left arm?

Tingling in left finger and bad circulation down left arm?

Shoulder problem: You describe parasthesias and autonomic changes of an upper extremity. You need to be checked for thoracic outlet syndrome. Perhaps you have predisposing joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs). See discussions on my chronic pain board at quora. Com. ...Read more

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Hi I have pain at my elbow and my left arm and it's going down to my fingertips and my fingers are tingling what could be causing that?

Hi I have pain at my elbow and my left arm and it's going down to my fingertips and my fingers are tingling what could be causing that?

Carpal tunnel vs: Overexersize/strain such as housework, golf, tennis, rest your arm, try advil or aleve or aspirin, avoid too much wrist action like on computor, if not better in a month see neurologist for test to see if carpal tunnel, also check labs like b12, folate, thyroid, iron ...Read more

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What causes tingling in left arm and fingers? I have no pain or swelling. I'm 26 yrs old. The tingling comes and goes and goes a little to my neck?

What causes tingling in left arm and fingers? I have no pain or swelling. I'm 26 yrs old. The tingling comes and goes and goes a little to my neck?

Nerve entrapment?: Need to be investigated. Concerns are a possible herniated cervical disc or nerve being entrapped at some point in your arm. Need to be examined and an EMG is a very useful tool in determining the proper level of nerve compression.Of course some other causes of nerve tingling need to be investigated. ...Read more

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I have had a dull aching, radiating pain in my left arm for about 4-5 days now with tingling sensation in arm but mostly in the fingertips. It gets pr?

Could be nerve: Hard to tell based on limited information. Many times neck and shoulder muscles when injured will cause a radiation of pain in the arm and a sensation of tingling.

However, if there is any associated weakness you should be evaluated by a ORTHO/NERUO/PM&R promptly.

Also if there is any nausea or sweating with it get to ER for cardiac work up....you are young for that but you never know. ...Read more

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I have left arm pain with numbness and tingling in my left pinky finger.

Agree: Agree that numbness and tingling in the pinky finger is likely a pinched nerve in the neck (c8) or injury to the ulnar nerve. Would suggest a physiatric or neurologic evaluation. May benefit from emg/ncv testing. ...Read more

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Sharp pains in left arm sometimes dull ache. When pressing thumb and first finger together it's worse.?

Sharp pains in left arm sometimes dull ache. When pressing thumb and first finger together it's worse.?

Could be tendinitis: There may be more than one etiology of this but my first consideration would be tendinitis, The pattern going down the arm to suggest this and we need to know where on the arm you feel the tenderness. This would be a clue to the tendinitis location. Other conditions could also be included and you need to see your physician for an evaluation. Other choices could be neurological or vascular to na ...Read more

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Pain radiating to left arm and chest originating from near left shoulder blade. Tingling in left arm till fingers also present depending upon position?

Two considerations: You might possess pinching of nerve in neck, cervical radiculopathy, and if arm is raised, you might feel less symptoms. Or, you could have thoracic outlet syndrome, and if arm is elevated, you will have more intense symptoms. One additional caveat, make sure that your pain is not of cardiac origin. Have your doctor assess all of this. ...Read more

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Is pain in left arm with tingling in fingers cause for concern? Was hospitalized last yr with a PE.

Tingling in the arm: The tingling and pain along with numbness sometimes, is a symptom of a nerve pinched in the cervical (neck) spine. Possibly due to an injury such as falling forward or any jerky motion (incl chiropractic manipulations). It would not be related to your PE but you should see a physician who specializes in pain or orthopedic surgery for proper diagnosis. Meanwhile try to avoid looking down (texting) ...Read more

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I'm 38 years old and I'm having tingling in my left arm all the way down to my finger tips and pains in my shoulder?

I'm 38 years old and I'm having tingling in my left arm all the way down to my finger tips and pains in my shoulder?

Need evaluation: Difficult to determine without an examination. Differential diagnosis could be cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in neck), brachial plexopathy, peripheral nerve entrapment such as carpal tunnel syndrome (not uncommon for cts pain to travel up the arm), or even myofascial pain with trigger points. Would suggest physiatric evaluation for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My 50 yr. Old husband has tingling and numbness feeling in his left arm mainly in his fingers and goes up to his shoulders, what does this mean?

My 50 yr. Old husband has tingling and numbness feeling in his left arm mainly in his fingers and goes up to his shoulders, what does this mean?

Need evaluation: Difficult to determine without an examination. Agree with others who suggest need for medical evaluation to rule out cardiac causes. However, can also be peripheral nerve entrapment such as carpal tunnel syndrome (not uncommon for cts pain to travel up the arm), cubital tunnel syndrome, or cervical radiculopathy. Would highly recommend evaluation. May need emg/ncv testing. ...Read more

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I have frequent numbness & tingling on my left arm & fingers. It started a few months ago with consistent intensity. What is it and what should I do?

I have frequent numbness & tingling on my left arm & fingers. It started a few months ago with consistent intensity. What is it and what should I do?

Neurologist: An impingement of a nerve is suspected. The impingement may be at the wrist (carpal tunnel) but could be at a higher level in the neck, shoulder or elbow. A brain lesion in the right cerebral cortex is less likely a cause due to lack of arm weakness. A neurologist is best qualified to evaluate you and an EMG may be performed in order to localize the impingement. ...Read more

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Numbness in left arm tingling in fingers and my thumbs get really cold?

Numbness in left arm tingling in fingers and my thumbs get really cold?

? nerve compression: Most likely cause is carpal tunnel syndrome due to nerve compression at wrist, but also, consider nerve compression at elbow. Your doctor might get EMG test to confirm location and extent. ...Read more

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Tingling feeli from my elbow to my fingers of my left arm and a numb spot in the middle of my back close to spine....

Tingling feeli from my elbow to my fingers of my left arm and a numb spot in the middle of my back close to spine....

Elbow numbness: The tingling from your elbow to the fingers (especially if it effects the ring and small fingers) is typical of a condition called cubital tunnel syndrome. This is compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. See your primary care provider. Recommend trying a night splint, doing some physical therapy, and taking some anti-inflammatories. The mid back numb spot is likely unrealted to the elbow. ...Read more

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My left arm aches and feels heavy with some light tingling. I type a lot. Could it be from typing or a bulging disc in my neck?

? carpal tunnel syn: Yes, you could be right about the cause. You should also consider carpal tunnel syndrome as a possible cause.

A bulging disc symptom often causes weakness, pain, numbness and tingling. It should affect specific spots in your arm. Try to describe what part of the arm is affected. Leave out the typing and ask- I have tingling and pain in my arm in location X- what is the cause? ...Read more

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My middle finger tip on my left arm has felt numb and has a tingling sensation for the past couple days, any idea why? Or am I just crazy?

My middle finger tip on my left arm has felt numb and has a tingling sensation for the past couple days, any idea why? Or am I just crazy?

Where is the lesion?: If its just the middle fingertip you probably squeezed something too hard and have an issue with what's called a proper digital nerve. Recovery depends on weather or not the injury caused focal demyelination or actual nerve injury. (Usually the former takes a week or two and the later may take months if the nerve has to regrow. Sometimes Carpal Tunnel or a pinched nerve in the neck can do this ...Read more

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I am experiencing elbow to finger tingling in my left arm. No pain it just feels as if I hit my funny bone, but I haven't. what could cause this?

I am experiencing elbow to finger tingling in my left arm. No pain it just feels as if I hit my funny bone, but I haven't. what could cause this?

See your doctor: The symptoms are suggestive of a nerve problem, and a detailed history and physical exam should help tremendously in determining potential causes and needed tests (such as electrodiagnostics). ...Read more

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Sore tingling feeling in left arm from above my elbow to my wrist just started today and it's warm right above my elbow. What do you think is going on?

Sore tingling feeling in left arm from above my elbow to my wrist just started today and it's warm right above my elbow. What do you think is going on?

Many possible causes: The possible causes for these symptoms include malpositioning, elbow trauma, spinal cord injury, plexopathy, peripheral nerve palsy, etc. See your physician to discuss your symptoms in detail. You might be referred to a neurologist. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003206.htm ...Read more

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Tingling in left arm and hand and fingers between thumb and pinky curling in. What could be the cause?

Could be: A pinched nerve or something more serious like a focal event centered in the brain speak with an internist or a neurologist to be evaluated ...Read more