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Mom just had her left arm go numb and said it "went rigid" and she dropped the cup she was holding. She' 60y/o, hypothyroidism, no other probs. cause?

Mom just had her left arm go numb and said it "went rigid" and she dropped the cup she was holding. She' 60y/o, hypothyroidism, no other probs. cause?

"went rigid": First have her check her thyroid labs. Her left arm trouble suggests nerve damage. Please have her doctor refer her to a Neurologist if the doctor cannot diagnose the cause. Wish her better for me. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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I've swollen face,weakness,shoulder &arm pain,hairloss,irregular periods,pcos,depressn,low BBT.My TFTS came bck normal.Cud i still have hypothyroidism?

I've swollen face,weakness,shoulder &arm pain,hairloss,irregular periods,pcos,depressn,low BBT.My TFTS came bck normal.Cud i still have hypothyroidism?

Possible: The range for TSH/thyroid stimulating hormone is large. So if your thyroid labs comes back "in range", you are considered normal or euthyroid. HOWEVER, if you remain with symptoms like you describe, a trial of thyroid replacement is low risk, easy, inexpensive. The clinical result will be obvious is 2 to 4 weeks, ie your symptoms stay the same, get better or worse. Be well. ...Read more

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What could lead to having left arm numbing and weakness?

What could lead to having left arm numbing and weakness?

A few things: It is important you visit your doctor for an evaluation and possible imaging. A cervical disc herniation will cause these symptoms but severe muscle spasm/pain can cause symptoms in the arm. If the numbness/weakness is on the hands, then a nerve pinched at the wrist or elbow might cause this as well. Hope this helps www.Otwithmd.Com. ...Read more

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What could be a reason that I have left arm weakness?

What could be a reason that I have left arm weakness?

Several poss. causes: Could be illness such as ms, certain autoimmune disorders, every dystrophy, or others. Commonly, it's due to nerve impingement in the neck due to arthritis or disc disease. Other causes include rib, sternal, clavicle or thoracic spine dysfunction, rotator cuff tear, tendinitis and muscle strain, etc. A thorough physical exam, including osteopathic hand-on diagnosis, could provide an answer. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause weakness all threw my left arm everyday for a week?

Can anxiety cause weakness all threw my left arm everyday for a week?

I wouldn't: Anticipate constant weakness for a week due to feeling anxious alone. However, if your upper back muscles are incredibly tense - that could be a factor. ...Read more

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My left arm has been aching and feeling weak last two days..It comes and goes..Should I worry?..Im thirty two female

My left arm has been aching and feeling weak last two days..It comes and goes..Should I worry?..Im thirty two female

Have it checked out: Left arm discomfort can be due to a lot of causes including heart disease, pinched nerve from the neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, a neurological cause, among others.Have this checked out by ur doc, who can examine u&find cause.If, however, one is a diabetic, smokes, has very high cholesterol, or has family members who had heart attacks early, and the discomfort is bad and lasts more than 10 min, then call 911. ...Read more

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My left arm is shaking when it lifts weight and sometimes it shakes without lifting of weight and i feel it weakness.?

My left arm is shaking when it lifts weight and sometimes it shakes without lifting of weight and i feel it weakness.?

This may be a NECK: problem! Sounds like you may have RADICULOPATHY that is a pinched nerve (C6-C7) in your neck. The weakness is disturbing! Start with your Primary Care Provider who can do a neurologic evaluation and possibly refer you to a Spine Specialist or Neurologist! Don't delay..the weakness makes this an urgent! Good Luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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What to do my body has felt weak all day. My left arm has pain n it. I'm. 22 no health no problems kinda feel anxiety coming on Er?

What to do my body has felt weak all day. My left arm has pain n it. I'm. 22 no health no problems kinda feel anxiety coming on Er?

See your doc: With your symptoms you will be best served by seeing your Primary care provider if you have one taking sick visits or going to Urgent Care. The only reason for a visit to ER would be if you believe you are sick enough to be admitted in the hospital, which I doubt based on your symptoms. ...Read more