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Dr. James Cole
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Arm Paralysis (Overview)

Arm paralysis = inability to control upper extremity.


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What are causes for arm paralysis?

What are causes for arm paralysis?

Brain or nerve: Injury can do this. Many factors such as head bleed, disk herniations in the neck or other problems may be responsible. ...Read more

Dr. James Cole
7 doctors shared insights

Arm Paralysis (Overview)

Arm paralysis = inability to control upper extremity.


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I had arm paralysis during sex. What should I do?

I had arm paralysis during sex. What should I do?

See a neurologist: You likely need imaging and electro-diagnostic studies to evaluate your arm and determine what the cause of this . It may be a nerve injury in the brachial plexus if all muscles are affected. If only certain muscles are affected it could be a disk herniation that requires surgery. ...Read more

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What are causes for arm paralysis?

Brain or nerve: Injury can do this. Many factors such as head bleed, disk herniations in the neck or other problems may be responsible. ...Read more

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I had arm paralysis during sex. What should I do?

See a neurologist: You likely need imaging and electro-diagnostic studies to evaluate your arm and determine what the cause of this . It may be a nerve injury in the brachial plexus if all muscles are affected. If only certain muscles are affected it could be a disk herniation that requires surgery. ...Read more

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Can unexplained arm paralysis be caused by erb palsy?

Can unexplained arm paralysis be caused by erb palsy?

Erb's palsy: This refers to an injury of the upper part of the brachial plexus, which results in problems with the fifth and sixth nerve roots in the neck. Most commonly, this occurs after birth trauma or motorcycle accidents. ...Read more

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Does anyone have an infant that was born with arm paralysis?

Does anyone have an infant that was born with arm paralysis?

Transient vs long tm: The forces that occur in the moments of a delivery can place traction on nerves that come out of the neck & supply the arm.It is relatively common for arm to be limp for a while due to swelling around the nerves.Onset may be immediate or later after swelling occurs, most swelling subsides in a day or two & function returns.Some kids need therapy to recover, rare cases can be permanent. ...Read more

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Questions about arm paralysis. Should you wear splint or something?

Questions about arm paralysis. Should you wear splint or something?

Need more info: Why the paralysis? Acute stroke demands careful evaluation of cause. Trauma to brain or spinal cord needs time to heal. When medically stable, a course of controlled excercise and directed therapy is appropriate. Bracing and casting may be involved as part of the therapy program. ...Read more

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I have a neuralgia on my left arm and partial paralysis of three fingers. What is the cause?

I have a neuralgia on my left arm and partial paralysis of three fingers. What is the cause?

See a Neurologist!: These are serious symptoms that need comprehensive evaluation. It is difficult to speculate on what the cause could be. ...Read more

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Did I experience sleep paralysis? Arm was numb and pins and needles.

Did I experience sleep paralysis? Arm was numb and pins and needles.

No: You probably slept on your arm causing diminished blood flow in the arm and the ensuing numbness and tingling. Stay on it long enough and you'll lose some motor function also until the blood flow returns. ...Read more

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Having bouts of sudden severe pain/paralysis in my right arm. What could this be?

Having bouts of sudden severe pain/paralysis in my right arm. What could this be?

Several things: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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Can a compressed nerve lead to permanent damage and paralysis? Specifically cervical and right arm. Thanks

Can a compressed nerve lead to permanent damage and paralysis? Specifically cervical and right arm. Thanks

There is always that: chance that nerve compression can led to permanent changes -that can occur with a. Acute or sudden onset or in a chronic setting but it is not the usual scenario with most resolving non operatively. If there are significant findings immediately or progressing findings of weakness especially one should consult with an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon for an opinion. ...Read more

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Can you get arm or nerve transplants for erb duchenne paralysis?

Can you get arm or nerve transplants for erb duchenne paralysis?

Yes: About 1 in 10 infants with brachial plexus injuries (cause of erb's palsy) recognized at birth requires surgical intervention, namely brachial plexus reconstruction using nerve graft. ...Read more

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Could arm injuries result in something more serious like paralysis?

Could arm injuries result in something more serious like paralysis?

Can occur: Depending on the severity - a very severe trauma to the arm and shoulder like a motorcycle injury can result in spinal cord injury and paralysis. ...Read more

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When I laugh very hard I experience facial paralysis. It only lasts for a few seconds. It recently has also affected my left arm-goes completely limp.

When I laugh very hard I experience facial paralysis. It only lasts for a few seconds. It recently has also affected my left arm-goes completely limp.

Odd : That is an unusual phenomenon. The only thing that comes immediately to mind is POSSIBLY (not DEFINITELY) a VERY mild form of cataplexy. See your doctor. (S)he will know whether to refer you to a neurologist. ...Read more

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Are having numbness in both arms in the morning the same as sleep paralysis?

Are having numbness in both arms in the morning the same as sleep paralysis?

No: Numbness in the arms is, in my experience, associated with many other symptoms. The commoest cause (but not the only one) is bad diet. Look up my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. ...Read more

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Is having numb arms in the morning the same as sleep paralysis?

No: Sleep paralysis is where you wake up from rem sleep and your body is paralyzed. There may be hallucinations. Try as you might, you cannot move and it is quite frightening. ...Read more

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I have gotten headache that turns into a paralysis progressing from left cheek into lips then to arm and leg, so bad I couldn't move my arm I have cp?

I have gotten headache that turns into a paralysis progressing from left cheek into lips then to arm and leg, so bad I couldn't move my arm I have cp?

To CP Or Not To CP: Whatever it is, it's not CP, but needs to be seen by a doctor sooner than later! Migraine can do that but so can some other things that need to be considered. you can start with your regular doctor but i suspect you'll end up at the neurologist's office. Best to get going on this ASAP. If you drive, don't-- and use the shower instead of bathtub for bathing. If you work, be careful. ...Read more

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Can someone please look at my MRI report and images and tell me honestly what are the chances of paralysis in the future if I don't have surgery. Numbness and arm pain and neck pain ?

Can someone please look at my MRI report and images and tell me honestly what are the chances of paralysis in the future if I don't have surgery.  Numbness and arm pain and neck pain ?

Can not say with MRI: No body can predict chances of paralysis or progression of your condition without getting a detailed history of your symptoms and when and how it started,,if there is history of trauma and response to the treatment you are getting the right treatment with non steroidals anti inflammatory drugs and Physial therpy.What was the shoulder surgery for. If not already done consult a good Spine Surgeon ...Read more

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Can whiplash cause paralysis and loos of legs and arms movement permenantly,because my neurosurgeon said like that?

Can whiplash cause paralysis and loos of legs and arms movement permenantly,because my neurosurgeon said like that?

Rarely: Less than 1 percent of patients with whiplash can develop neurologic deficits and that is when there is such severe whiplash that the cervical spine is involved and has been injured as well. If you are having these symptoms, there are other causes, and an MRI of cervical spine should be done urgently but that has likely been done considering you have seen a neurosurgeon already. ...Read more

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I had radial tunnel surgery 3 months ago. I have partial paralysis in both arms& weakness. (13 yrs.) will i ever regain use of my hands?

WIth 13 years of: Weakness i doubt that the true purpose of radial tunnel decompression was ever to give a return of muscular function. You should clarify this with your surgeon if your understanding or expectations are different. ...Read more

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What are upper arm exercises for adults with erb's palsy?

What are upper arm exercises for adults with erb's palsy?

Range of motion: Webs palsy typically occurs from an injury to the brachial plexus, resulting in varying degrees of loss in motor function in the arm. The critical thing is to try to maintain as much passive and active range of motion in the arm and shoulder to prevent contracture so that, if the plexus does recover there will be motion in the joint to allow the muscles and joints to function properly. PT and OT ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more