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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more


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What are the causes of numbness in hands and severe rib and spine pain?

Radiculopathy: This sounds like it is most likely to be cervical radiculopathy which results from a pinched nerve in the neck. This requires orthopedic evaluation. There are other much rarer causes, and an orthopedist or a neurologist visit can help. ...Read more

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Cause of left hand numbness, pain near sternal/rib joint with deep inspiration and sob. Cardiac work-up clean. What else could it be?

Cause of left hand numbness, pain near sternal/rib joint with deep inspiration and sob. Cardiac work-up clean. What else could it be?

Hand numbness: Could be two separate issues. Hand numbness could be carpal tunnel syndrome and chest pain could be costochondritis (like arthritis). Spine problems or other problems at the junction of the chest and neck could theoretically cause both symptoms, but less likely. Your primary care physician may help our may refer to a hand/upper extremity surgeon or neurologist. ...Read more

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Reasons for pain on my left side under the ribs and backpain which cause numbness on the leftside head neck hand and leg and frequent bowel movement?

Reasons for pain on my left side under the ribs and backpain which cause numbness on the leftside head neck hand and leg and frequent bowel movement?

Multiple systems: Those are a lot of symptoms. You should start by seeing your primary care physician to make sure that there is nothing systemic going on. After that a neurologist or physiatrist can evaluate the multiple areas of pain to see if they are related or if there are several causes. ...Read more

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What could cause chest pain and left hand numbness?

Nerve dermatome: Your pain may be following a nerve root dermatome. Heart attacks do this because they stimulate that nerve root, but so does neck arthritis with cervical spondylitis or injury. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of arm, chest pain numbness in hand as well as shortness of breath?

What are possible causes of arm, chest pain numbness in hand as well as shortness of breath?

Heart attack: If all the symptoms are on the left and sometimes even on the right, the heart attack would be the first to check for and rule out, also pulmonary emboli, musculoskeletal causes like costochondritis, but in any case if you have those symptoms you need to go to er asap as it can be life threatening. ...Read more

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What would cause numbness and tingling in forearms/hands and lower leg/feet bilaterally and face and lips and some random chest pain?

Sounds vascular: You should take these symptoms seriously and see a doctor. Circulation may be an issue and chest pain is a signal to get attention now. There is no reason to ignore it. If it is severe, go to an urgent care clinic or er. Best wishes - it may be nothing serious, but don't risk your life on that. ...Read more

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I have 2 extra ribs & about 2 months ago they caused pain in my right arm & numb thumb & finger. I don't get much pain but still have numbness! Thorts?

I have 2 extra ribs & about 2 months ago they caused pain in my right arm & numb thumb & finger. I don't get much pain but still have numbness! Thorts?

Cervical rib: Cervical ribs may cause a neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (ntos) in which the brachial plexus is compressed, resulting in numbness, abnormal sensations, and weakness of the upper extremities. This condition is extremely rare, though, and I doubt you have it. You may have disputed neurogenic tos. There is no indication for surgery. Physical therapy is the typical management for this condition. ...Read more

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I have frequent (5-6) times a day numbness in my right hand and left rib cage bottom, for the last 3 weeks?

I have frequent (5-6) times a day numbness in my right hand and left rib cage bottom, for the last 3 weeks?

Pinched nerve: Because patients having cardiac problems can have these symptoms, you should have this ruled out. But the most common cause is an irritation of a nerve in the neck by a bone spur or herniation that can cause pain or numbness that runs down the arm into the hand. An MRI can usually show the cause of the problem if it does not resolve. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have numbness in rt forearm & tingling in rt hand with pain scapula & shoulder down hd fr 2nd rt rib?

I have numbness in rt forearm & tingling in rt hand with pain scapula & shoulder down hd fr 2nd rt rib?

Let me explain: There are risk in patient sustained 1 rib and second rib fracture, form injury to chest cavity, injury to the blood vassals around there and also injury to the nerves around there.
You have to specialist (Neurologist) for evaluation.
Good Luck ...Read more

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Pain from collar bone 2 ribs left hand heaviness back pain since last 6 days. 2 days numbness in left hand and left face.

Pain from collar bone 2 ribs left hand heaviness back pain since last 6 days. 2 days numbness in left hand and left face.

Left pain parathesia: Did you have any trauma? Could be thoracic outlet syndrome, TMJ, early zoster (though usually lesions would come out by now and usually no numbness-parathesias), and rarely MS, vascular anomaly, mass or lymph node. Follow up with doctor/urgent care for thoracic outlet you will need orthopedic surgeon ...Read more

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I have an uncomfortable numb area on my back, about the size of my palm and to the left of my spine near the bottom of ribs. What could be the cause?

I have an uncomfortable numb area on my back, about the size of my palm and to the left of my spine near the bottom of ribs. What could be the cause?

Hard to say: Is there a change in the skin in that are? Have you had any injury to your back.? It coud be something as simple as a dry skin. Have your doctor evaluate you that is the best way to solve this misery. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has pain from her shoulder down to her left hand, no numbness, no chest pain she is 53. What can it be?

My girlfriend has pain from her shoulder down to her left hand, no numbness, no chest pain she is 53. What can it be?

Could be cardiac: It could be many things, among them is angina from her heart. The crux of the decision to present emergently for chest pain should be based off the pre-test probability of how likely it is that her discomfort is from her heart. It depends on her risk factors really. It's less to be cardiac but is still possibly. Musculoskeletal is other possibility, or pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Need advice on fiance's condition my fiance is having trouble with thightness in his chest, difficult to catch his breath, double vision, and numbness in his hands.

Need advice on fiance's condition my fiance is having trouble with thightness in his chest, difficult to catch his breath, double vision, and numbness in his hands.

I: I am answering this five days after the fact, so I suspect your fiance has already gotten help. With this constellation of symptoms, I would definately recommend a trip to the er. ...Read more

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I have numbness/tingling on my feet and hands. I also have it more on my torso and chest. It's stiff like?

I have numbness/tingling on my feet and hands. I also have it more on my torso and chest. It's stiff like?

Various causes: 24y female w. "numbness, tingling & stiffness of hands, feet, torso, & chest". Several disorders, such as anxiety, hyperventilation & thyroid disorder, are possible. General medical exam indicated. From this description unable to guess seriousness of problem. If nothing distinctive discovered then fibromyalgia becomes consideration, because it is a disorder of exclusion & see Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I've been having numbness in right hand and is shoting pain up into shoulder and into my neck now starting to have chest pains. What could that be.?

Pain in hand shootin: 1.Could be cervical disc disease but not likely at your age.
2. Could be carpal tunnel syndrome.
3. Could be brain tumor.

I could go on and on but would be only guessing. Lets do 2nd opinion so I can better opine. Or better yet see a Dr. There so you don't worry and find out what it is so can be treated. ...Read more

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My father is in hospital with chest pain off and on along with numbness in both hands. His Troponin level is 2.55. No answers... any thoughts?

Ischemic heart Dz: A troponin level > 0.05 ng/mL indicates some sort of heart damage. I assume by "2.55" u mean 2.55 ng/mL, which is definitely abnormal. When cholesterol builds up but does not block an artery to the heart, it is called ischemic heart disease (IHD) & can lead to intermittent pain & numbness in the (left) hand. He shd be checked out by a Cardiologist b4 an artery becomes blocked off, ie heart attack. ...Read more

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My father is in hospital with chest pain off and on along with numbness in both hands. His Troponin level is 2.55. No answers... any thoughts?

My father is in hospital with chest pain off and on along with numbness in both hands. His Troponin level is 2.55. No answers... any thoughts?

Ischemic Heart Dis: Chest pain with elevated troponin needs an urgent evaluation by a cardiologist. Since your father is already in the hospital, I presume he has already been evaluated by a cardiologist or if there is no cardiologist, he has been sent immediately to a hospital that has the capacity and personnel to evaluate and treat. He may be having a serious heart attack. ...Read more

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Pain frm leftside of head straight dwn to left hand sometimes dizzyness tingling n numbness througout body, chest pain did see cardio everything fine?

Pain frm leftside of head straight dwn to left hand sometimes dizzyness tingling n numbness througout body, chest pain did see cardio everything fine?

Consider cervical disc disease: You certainly could have a cervical disc disease. In addition you may be hyperventilating. The cervical disc issue can give you the head pain as well as the arm pain. If you have any past history of neck injury it would be beneficial to get checked out by your family doctor first ...Read more

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Being using my drugs for time now but still having chest pain numbness in my left hand and legs pls what should I do?

Being using my drugs for time now but still having chest pain numbness in my left hand and legs pls what should I do?

Simple and yet not.: The simple answer is to make an appointment with your doctor in Nigeria. Unfortunately there is no way to give you a better answer in this format in the free part of HealthTap. 400 characters doesn't allow the personal interaction you need. Best wishes! ...Read more

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My father (63) had periodic mild chest pain for 2 yrs. He collapsed for 20 sec & has recurring numbness/tingling in right hand. All ER tests negative.

My father (63) had periodic mild chest pain for 2 yrs. He collapsed for 20 sec & has recurring numbness/tingling in right hand. All ER tests negative.

2 symptoms: Chest pains-has he had a treadmill maximal stress test to check for coronary artery problems? Recurrent right arm numbness could be due to nerve impingement (? At the wrist) or blockage in the left carotid artery. An ultrasound of the carotid arteries would be important. A neurologist would be best to evaluate the right hand complaints. ...Read more

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I am experiencing chest pain or discomfort (worsened by: after deep breaths, after sudden movements) (quality: feels sharp) Also left hand numbness?

I am experiencing chest pain or discomfort (worsened by: after deep breaths, after sudden movements) (quality: feels sharp) Also left hand numbness?

Musculo vs spinal: The answer greatly depends on the duration of your symptoms. Are you having the above for hours, or days? And the left hand numbness, as in you cannot feel anything? Then you need immediate medical attention. Or is it like when you cross your legs and one leg fell asleep? Did you sleep on your arm wrong? Have you had a neck or spine injury from accident? Need more info to answer your question. ...Read more

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Chest pains for 2 days already, as if there's something heavy on top of it that I can hardly breathe, numbness in hands and lips, dizzy & nauseous. : (?

Chest pains for 2 days already, as if there's something heavy on top of it that I can hardly breathe, numbness in hands and lips, dizzy & nauseous. : (?

Probable stress: Your symptoms are quite suggestive of hyperventilation. Very common and at your age most likely related to anxiety/stress. Nevertheless other, potentially more serious conditions (e.g. Asthma) can also present this way, therefore you should seek formal medical attention. ...Read more

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What are the reasons and solutions for shortness of breath and chest pain, sometimes numbness in hands and legs?

Must make dx first.: Chest pains and shortness of breath (individually or both symptoms together) need to be evaluated by a primary care physician first, and a diagnosis--which will likely take various testing--must be made before being able to treat. Causes include heart (coronary artery or valve disease, pericarditis), respiratory problems (pleurisy, asthma), chest wall, anxiety or neuro disorders. C ur doc. ...Read more

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I have a spinal syrinx from t2-t8. Could this be causing chest pain, numbness in fingers and hands and numb feeling skin on my back?

I have a spinal syrinx from t2-t8. Could this be causing chest pain, numbness in fingers and hands and numb feeling skin on my back?

Spinal Syrinx: A spinal syrinx is a rare, fluid-filled neuroglial cavity within the spinal cord (syringomyelia), and if causes pressure on the nerves that innervate the chest, arms and back area, could certainly cause some of those symptoms to occur. See the neurologist for an evaluation and treatment. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Having chest tightness and numbness in both arms numb and tingly sensation in both arms and hands

Having chest tightness and numbness in both arms numb and tingly sensation in both arms and hands

Although: Although this could be from hyperventilation or a panic attack, there is still a possibility of a heart attack. I recommend that you call 911 and be evaluated at an emergency room. ...Read more

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I have a tightness in my right chest, above my breast that goes up to the top of my shoulder. Also numbness in both hands and arms. Help?

Need more info: Your symptoms warrant an in-person evaluation by taking history, physical examination and may be some tests. In the meantime, if you are overweight, try to lose weight. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more