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Can a pinch nerve cause numbness in my arm and whole side of body?

Can a pinch nerve cause numbness in my arm and whole side of body?

Yes and no: A pinched nerve in the neck can certainly cause symptoms down the arm, but this should not cause the entire side of your body to become numb. See your doctor to help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Could the numbness I am feeling be caused by a pinched nerve? I am experiencing numbness on the left side of my chest, under left arm, and back. I have had a sharp pain for 3 weeks that goes from my shoulder blade through to my chest. I was sent to the

Could the numbness I am feeling be caused by a pinched nerve? I am experiencing numbness on the left side of my chest, under left arm, and back.  I have had a sharp pain for 3 weeks that goes from my shoulder blade through to my chest.   I was sent to the

Arguably : Arguably the worst possible cause of severe pain felt in the shoulder blade and deep into the chest would be an uncommon condition called aortic dissection. Problems with the gallbladder and heart can also cause pain in the region of the shoulder or armpit (axilla). The spinal nerve corresponding to t2 also feels an area that involves the armpits and hoop-shaped strip of skin that runs across your chest above your nipples, through your armpits, and across your back at about the same level (it also involves part of the skin on the arm). After excluding things like dissection, heart problems, and gallbladder problems, a neurosurgeon may be helpful to get to a diagnosis and some relief. ...Read more

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Numbness in arm and leg on left side including face, pinched nerve?

Numbness in arm and leg on left side including face, pinched nerve?

Likely not: Numbness involving this much of your body can't be from a single "pinched" nerve. You should talk to your doctor about getting imaging of your brain to rule out things like a stroke, hemorrhage, or tumor. ...Read more

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Numbness in arm and leg on left side including face and getting worse, do I have a pinched nerve?

Numbness in arm and leg on left side including face and getting worse, do I have a pinched nerve?

Likely not: Numbness involving this much of your body can't be from a single "pinched" nerve. You should talk to your doctor about getting imaging of your brain to rule out things like a stroke, hemorrhage, or tumor. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ entire left arm stiff (couldn't move) &numbness. Lasted 5 min, fell back asleep. Recent pinched nerve in back on left side. Related?

Woke up w/ entire left arm stiff (couldn't move) &numbness.  Lasted 5 min, fell back asleep. Recent pinched nerve in back on left side.  Related?

Not if pinched nerve: It seems that you may have slept with neck in unusual position if symptoms only lasted 5 minutes. If symptoms come back or persist then imaging of neck will be needed. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve cause tingles when looking up&numbness in rt arm and leg? I do a lot of stair running .1st started with pulled lower back and spread

Can pinched nerve cause tingles when looking up&numbness in rt arm and leg? I do a lot of stair running .1st started with pulled lower back and spread

Spurling Sign: Yes. Clasically, looking up and toward the side of symptoms will elicit a shooting pain into the arm suggesting a pinched nerve in the neck. Less commonly, if the spur/disc is more central, there may also be symptoms affecting the same leg. Again, this would imply a combination of central and lateral pressure. A large disc herniation would be most likely if < 50 years. Consider a spine md eval. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause Numbness and weakness that comes and go on the right arm/hand and right leg/foot? Also, pain in the shoulder blade/bicep.

Can a pinched nerve cause Numbness and weakness that comes and go on the right arm/hand and right leg/foot?  Also, pain in the shoulder blade/bicep.

Yes: Numbness and weakness in the right upper and lower extremities may indicate nerve compression at the level of the spine. MRI and EMG could localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy and would give guidance to appropriate treatment options. Consult with a physical medicine and rehabilition specialist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Tree branch fell approx. 4 ft and hit head 5 days ago.  numb and bulging veins left arm, weak pulse left wrist. slurring "s" words was amateur cage fighter pulled arm and chest muscle on left side 3 years ago, has swelling and feeling of pinched nerve und

Tree branch fell approx. 4 ft and hit head 5 days ago.  numb and bulging veins left arm, weak pulse left wrist. slurring "s" words was amateur cage fighter pulled arm and chest muscle on left side 3 years ago, has swelling and feeling of pinched nerve und

Weak : Weak pulse and bulging veins in one limb could indicate a serious problem with the blood vessels in that region. Such problems, which include something called arterial dissection and something called venous thrombosis, could threaten the limb or your life. These sort of symptoms should be evaluated right away. Problems with the large arteries and veins in the neck or in a limb are usually first tested with an ultrasound, using a probe placed on the skin. There is usually no discomfort involved. ...Read more

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Which one is most likely to make only my left side neck, shoulder, arm, hand & leg numb & tingly a pinched nerve in back or neck? I have no pain.

Nerve impingement: These symptoms most likely arise in your neck/cervical spine. It can also arise from your brain from something like a stroke but this is less likely if the face is not involved. Nerve impingement should not be taken lightly. Any neurologic deficits such as these should be evaluated by a physician promptly. If you develop any functional loss or weakness that would represent an emergency. ...Read more

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Numbness/weakness both arms and legs since January. Could I have a pinched nerve ?

Less likely.: Pinched nerve is usually one side. If both sides are involved then you need to make sure if your muscles function right and get tested by a neurologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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