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Doctor insights on: Intermittent Arm Weakness

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What could cause a recent dominant arm weakness?

What could cause a recent dominant arm weakness?

Nerve Involvement: Most common reasons for weakness without other symptoms are that a nerve controlling muscles in the arm has been compressed (can occur in the neck/spine, brachial plexus, shoulder, elbow). Other reasons like stroke or loss of circulation usually have other signs such nausea, loss of pulse, feeling of cold skin or numbness. Would advise testing and visit to neurologist or pcp first to diagnose it. ...Read more

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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


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What is the definition or description of: Arm weakness?

What is the definition or description of: Arm weakness?

Motor function: 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 that move the arm. ...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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What can I do to address shoulder pain / arm weakness?

What can I do to address shoulder pain / arm weakness?

Shoulder/arm: It may be helped with gentle exercises, stretch, strengthen, nsaids, omega, rest, pt, ice, heat, modalities. Consider checking the rotator cuff, the neck, and possible nerve function. ...Read more

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What could cause worsening arm weakness and pain? The pain goes down both sides of the back of the elbow, but the whole arm is weak.

What could cause worsening arm weakness and pain? The pain goes down both sides of the back of the elbow, but the whole arm is weak.

Pinched nerve?: You may have a pinched nerve in the neck, possibly caused by a disc in the neck putting pressure on a nerve. You need to see a doctor and have this checked, before the weakness becomes permanent. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a neck injury and am experiencing arm weakness, what should I do?

I have a neck injury and am experiencing arm weakness, what should I do?

See doctor: This could be a sign of a "pinched nerve" in your neck. The nerves that control your arm exit small openings in your neck. If the neck injury irritated or compressed the nerve/s in your neck you may experience pain, numbness, and/or weakness. Your doctor can help confirm this and point you in the right direction for treatment. ...Read more

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I have perceived arm weakness in my right arm but my arm isn't actually weak. I'm worried about a stroke because of my anxiety, how to tell it's stroke?

I have perceived arm weakness in my right arm but my arm isn't actually weak. I'm worried about a stroke because of my anxiety, how to tell it's stroke?

Once your doc has: Ruled out stroke and other medical situations, please see a mental health professional. He/she can teach you ways to deal w/your anxiety disorder. Please don't rely on drug therapy alone. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Upper arm weakness?

What is the definition or description of: Upper arm weakness?

Proximal: The muscles of the upper arm include the deltoid and the rotator cuff muscles that move the proximal arm and shoulder. They are important in positioning the hand in various positions in activities of daily living and as such are extremely important for daily functioning. There are multiple potential causes of weakness in this area. ...Read more

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Dominant arm weakness; something wrong with my nerves in the neck and arm?

Dominant arm weakness; something wrong with my nerves in the neck and arm?

Possiby: The weakness could be coming from the disc causing an irritated cervical nerve; it could be due to thoracic outlet syndrome. The weakness could originate in the shoulder and be radiating to the neck and arm. ...Read more

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Can cervical disk bulge cause arm weakness?

Can cervical disk bulge cause arm weakness?

Possible: If the disc is pressing on a nerve root or part of the spinal cord, it could cause weakness and/or numbness in the arm. ...Read more

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Left arm weakness heart related? When should I worry?

Weakness: Arm weakness is not a symptom typically associated with heart disease. Usually it is more of a neurologic or muscular problem. It is concerning and should be evaluated. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shoulder pain and shoulder stiffness. The following also describes me: Arm weakness. What should I do?

I am experiencing shoulder pain and shoulder stiffness. The following also describes me: Arm weakness. What should I do?

Need more info: How long have you had the symptoms?
Have you had an injury?
are you diabetic?
You probably need to have hands on evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon ...Read more

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Right arm weakness and burning feeling after tennis. Did I play too many hours?

Right arm weakness and burning feeling after tennis. Did I play too many hours?

Maybe: It depends on your level of conditioning and how long you played. You should be seen to evaluate it. ...Read more

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I am having severe headaches, left arm weakness, and sudden quick blackouts. Who should I make an appt with? I am also continuously losing weight

I am having severe headaches, left arm weakness, and sudden quick blackouts. Who should I make an appt with? I am also continuously losing weight

You have a # of: Problems. If this is occuring acutely please be transported to the emergency room now. Is you primary care provider aware of these episodes - if not, is imperative that he/she be informed asap. These are very serious sx - especially w your hypertension ; cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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My b12 levels have been normal but my pain has been progressing. Also I have been getting numbness all over along with leg, hand and arm weakness.

My b12 levels have been normal but my pain has been progressing. Also I have been getting numbness all over along with leg, hand and arm weakness.

Numbness and: Weakness need to be evaluated by your doc. He/she may refer you to a neurologist. There are many possibilities for your symptoms. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take doxycycline if I've been experiencing some arm weakness? (What if I incidentally have myasthenia gravis?)

Is it dangerous to take doxycycline if I've been experiencing some arm weakness? (What if I incidentally have myasthenia gravis?)

No risk, no worries: Doxycycline is not likely to be dangerous because of this symptom. Myasthenia gravis is very rare and there is probably nearly zero chance you have it. But if you do, doxycycline still wouldn't cause any problem. ...Read more