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Doctor insights on: Intermittent Arm Weakness

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
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Arm Weakness (Definition)

Arm weakness is a symptom in which a person has less strength than normal, or then previously, in one or both arms. Weakness can be due to a nerve problem, muscle problem, chemical imbalance, ...Read more


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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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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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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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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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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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Left arm weakness heart related? When should I worry?

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 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?

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?

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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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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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