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Intermittent Arm Weakness
I have intermittent arm weakness in both arms and this has been increasing a bit lately. Shoulders are impacted as well typically gone in a min. or 2?
Family physician: See a neurologist or family physician...Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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.
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
I have perceived arm weakness in my right arm but my arm isnt actually weak. I'm worried about a stroke because of my anxiety, how to tell it's stroke?
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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