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Shoulders always seem to be sore and tense for months. Recently both my arms feel weak and shaky. What would cause this.

Shoulders always seem to be sore and tense for months. Recently both my arms feel weak and shaky. What would cause this.

Shoulder issues: Tense, heavy shoulders, with feelings of weakness can be coming from your neck. Try ice, NSAIDs, stretching of neck and shoulders, get a 15 -20 min cardio workout every other day. If symptoms persist ask for a virtual consult ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Generalized Weakness (Definition)

Generalized weakness refers to weakness in multiple muscle groups. In other words, arms, legs, neck, etc. There is a feeling of weakness 'all over.' Stems from a wide variety of disorders and diseases, from viral ...Read more


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All of a sudden I feel my legs and arms feel weak and my body feels shaky, why?

All of a sudden I feel my legs and arms feel weak and my body feels shaky, why?

Need a full physical: The most common cause would be hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. It could have something to do with your lower spine. Other less common cause would be narcolepsy with cataplexy. Hopefully other clinicians will chime in with causes for this from their respective fields. ...Read more

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My arms feel weak. I can't lift weights like I used to 3 days ago in gym. They don't hurt. They just feel weak?

My arms feel weak. I can't lift weights like I used to 3 days ago in gym. They don't hurt. They just feel weak?

Take a couple days o: If you are new to weight lifting, it takes some time to develop strong muscles, so you have to go slow and build them gradually. You may rest for 3-4 days and then start lifting again. If the muscles are too weak to lift close to your previous amounts lifted, you should go to your doctor and get him/her to do a neurological examination to make sure that your muscles are healthy and strong. ...Read more

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Shaky and arms feel weak and heavy kinda numb and frequent headaches has been happening a lot the last couple days starting to scare me concern?

Differential: So could be a number of things. Most likely you probably are coming down with a cold/infection, something like the flu perhaps. However, in a limited forum like this one, cannot rule out neurological issues, such as MS, other infectious causes, musculoskeletal issues (rotated vertebrae, pinched nerve), etc. I would see a doc and get evaluated if it persists. Good luck! ...Read more

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I feel shaky all the time in hands & arms. Feel weak at times. Doc said this is anxiety? Feel calm however. Heart don't race. Just feel real shaky

I feel shaky all the time in hands & arms. Feel weak at times. Doc said this is anxiety? Feel calm however. Heart don't race. Just feel real shaky

Depends: It depends on whether your hands and and arms really shake or you just feel shaky. Could be related to anxiety or if arms really shake a familial tendency. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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24 yr old girl muscles ache and feel stiff and restricted arms feel weak an heavy an legs burn when walk have knots in back fybromyalgia?

24 yr old girl muscles ache and feel stiff and restricted arms feel weak an heavy an legs burn when walk have knots in back fybromyalgia?

Don't jump!: To conclusions - it will make you hurt worse. ;-) fibromyalgia is not a good premature dx. Only after all sorts of minor through major alternatives are discarded will that be the call. Since it is so hard to deal with, that is good news too. If you have no idea of why you hurt the way you do, see a doctor or chiropractor to help evaluate the situation. ...Read more

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Dizziness, loss of balance, dilating pupils, feeling anxious, mood swings, arms feel weak, doc says its migraine? What else could this be? Frustrated

Dizziness, loss of balance, dilating pupils, feeling anxious, mood swings, arms feel weak, doc says its migraine? What else could this be? Frustrated

Possibly migraine: This could be possibly a migraine or migraine variant. Do you get associated headaches? How long do the symptoms last. I would recommend second opinion if you are not comfortable with your first assessment. Could be hormone related (not just female / male hormones) or possibly tumor (I doubt it though). ...Read more

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My Girlfriend is experiencing arm weakness, generalized weakness in the body, arm pain and weakness. Also bladder urethra pain worsened by coffee.

My Girlfriend is experiencing arm weakness, generalized weakness in the body, arm pain and weakness. Also bladder urethra pain worsened by coffee.

Checkup: There are multiple potential causes for what you are describing and it may end up being more than one problem as well. A good medical checkup would probably be a good place to start. ...Read more

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I'm feeling fatigue, abdominal bloating, gas, tingling in right foot, legs and arms feel weak what is this caused by and how can I treat it?

I'm feeling fatigue, abdominal bloating, gas, tingling in right foot, legs and arms feel weak what is this caused by and how can I treat it?

See neurologist: Sounds like you have an acute neuropathy, or dysfunction of nerves going to hands, feet and stomach. This can accompany a viral infection. This can get nasty, so I would see about seeing a neurologist. ...Read more

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When I raise my arms up for a period of time to work on something they feel weak?

When I raise my arms up for a period of time to work on something they feel weak?

Thoracic outlet?: This may be thoracic outlet syndrome. Some people have a rib that sits close to an artery that sends blood to the arms. When you raise your arms over your head, the rib squishes the artery, so you don't get as much blood flow. It can be fixed with surgery. It could also be a nerve issue or a muscle problem, so you should get checked out. ...Read more

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I have CHF and feel weak in my arms. Is this a condition that goes along with this disease?

I have CHF and feel weak in my arms. Is this a condition that goes along with this disease?

Not really: Unless you have profound problems from a weakened heart, in which case it can lead to overall fatigue (but not specific to the arms) ...Read more

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Both of my arms were numb from the forearm down for two weeks. Now the numbness is gone but they feel weak. Could this be a pinched nerve?

Yes: Forearm numbness down to the hands can be very complex. It will require more detailed explanation of the pattern of numbness/weakness and may be either from your neck, your wrist, or your elbow compressing a nerve. I suggest you see a physician (neurologist or neurosurgeon) asap to get a hands-on study and likely a emg/ncv (a nerve study) to better make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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"both of my arms were numb from the forearm down for two weeks. Now the numbness is gone but they feel weak. Could this be a pinched nerve?

"both of my arms were numb from the forearm down for two weeks. Now the numbness is gone but they feel weak. Could this be a pinched nerve?

Need Examintaion: One should be examined by their pcp with symptoms such as you have described. It is possible a cervical disc herniation could be producing your symptoms, but a proper evaluation and possiblle imaging studies such as a MRI may also be needed. ...Read more

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Why does my extremedies hurt? I feel weak my legs, arms hurt and I'm always tired

Why does my extremedies hurt? I feel weak my legs, arms hurt and I'm always tired

Hello.: Hello. Weakness and extremity discomfort are very general symptoms. There really isn't a way to diagnose the cause without a thorough medical history and an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I feel weak in my arms? Is it something to do with CHF? Or maybe my blood pressure pills?

Why do I feel weak in my arms? Is it something to do with CHF? Or maybe my blood pressure pills?

Weak: You don't provide enough information to speculate. Do you have CHF or are you just mentioning it in the question? How bad is your BP and what meds do you take? What is your other medical history? ...Read more

Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
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Arm Weakness (Definition)

There is a normal range of motor strength that each muscle group in the body has. Arm weakness would simply be a lesser motor strength than normal in one or muscle groups ...Read more