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I have had my left arm tingle numb for the past 3 days.Is that an ill sign?

I have had my left arm tingle numb for the past 3 days.Is that an ill sign?

See a physician: The most concerning thing about tingling left arm pain is the rare but very possible chance it is related to your heart. Have a physician examine you for this. It may also be nerve irritation stemming from either your neck or your brachial plexus that is leading to these feelings. You state you have a history of backpain and headaches, all could be related, need a physical exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Pess
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Paresthesia (Definition)

weird or abnormal feeling including numbness, tingling sensation, pins-and-needles in skin area or body part. One example is when someone hits his elbow "funny bone", he may get the tingling and numbness at the elbow and forearm, this ...Read more


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I had a TBI 3 yrs ago. Left side paralyzed for 3 weeks. Occasionally my left arm tingles and goes weak and numb. Should I get this examined?

I had a TBI 3 yrs ago. Left side paralyzed for 3 weeks. Occasionally my left arm tingles and goes weak and numb. Should I get this examined?

Depends on symptoms: If your left arm symptoms are worsening (i.e. you have them more often, or they are lasting longer when they occur), it could be something new. If the symptoms are getting less frequent or less severe, then it may be that the symptoms are residual from the prior TBI. You should probably have regular follow up (every 6-12 months at least) to monitor your progress. ...Read more

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20 year old male in good shape, EKG abnormal but echo and stress test normal. Left arm tingles randomly, cardiac related?

20 year old male in good shape, EKG abnormal but echo and stress test normal. Left arm tingles randomly, cardiac related?

Heart illness: The normal stress and echo are very reassuring. Arm tingling is not specific. Pericarditis can exist with abnormal ekg and atypical symptoms. What is the exact baseline ekg abnormality? ...Read more

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For 2wks had chest and left arm pain went cardiologist said anxiety only did EKG . Now still 15 days later left arm tingles ... Afraid of heart attack?

For 2wks had chest and left arm pain went cardiologist said anxiety only did EKG . Now still 15 days later left arm tingles ... Afraid of heart attack?

Anxiety or Nerves?: You are at low risk statistically for heart disease, unless you have strong family history of heart attacks. If you are a heavy smoker or use drugs like cocaine or methamphetamine, you may have increased risk. But anxiety can produce these symptoms -- see a psychologist who uses CBT therapy, can helpl! Other possibility re arm tingling is injury to neck or shoulder, affecting nerves in arm-see MD ...Read more

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Pain in heart, left breast, left arm tingles and sometimes aches. Is it low vitamin d or potassium?

Pain in heart, left breast, left arm tingles and sometimes aches. Is it low vitamin d or potassium?

Neither: Neither low vitamin D nor low potassium would typically cause arm tingles or aches. Low calcium can sometimes cause arm tingles and muscle spasms. Please talk with your doctor if you have other undiagnosed pains. ...Read more

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I've been having a sharp shoot pain from my left armpit to above my left boob only lasts a sec but really hurts leaving left arm tingly.

I've been having a sharp shoot pain from my left armpit to above my left boob only lasts a sec  but really hurts leaving left arm tingly.

Need exam : Several possibilities. There may be something in the breast or armpit like a cyst or lymph node. There may be a pinched nerve in the neck or arm. Rarely this could be referred pain from the heart, lungs or rib. I would schedule a visit with a primary care doctor to evaluate or organize the evaluation of the many possibilities. ...Read more

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Left arm tingly, burning, i feel shaky nauseous had a CT angiography everything came out fine what can it be?

Left arm tingly, burning, i feel shaky nauseous had a CT angiography everything came out fine what can it be?

Disc herniation?: These symptoms suggest that a nerve could be pinched in the cervical spine. A cta may not cover the suspected area. A MRI of the cervical spine would be useful. However, at your age and with those symptome, if confirmed, the most likely recommendation for a disc herniation would be to do nothing unless things worsen, i.e. Weakness and pain. ...Read more

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No chest pain, left arm tingly, jaw hurts a little after 20 min of cardio. Can it be my neuropathy? Or cannot be something else? Heart test all good

Maybe: My question would be what are you doing with your arm and jaw while exercising? Using arms (perhaps elliptical, ergometer, or rowing machine) may bring out tingling. Also hyperventilation (would expect both hands). Clenching jaw, or jarring from running, may bring out jaw pain. If you have already been tested for heart problems and don't have any big risk factors, i would recommend analgesics. ...Read more

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Carpel tunnel what are the symptoms, i feel my left arm tingly numb and on my hand pinky and ring finger mostly numb. How do I get tested for this?

Carpel tunnel what are the symptoms, i feel my left arm tingly numb and on my hand pinky and ring finger mostly numb. How do I get tested for this?

Little finger numb..: The nerve supply to the little finger can be affected. A circulation issue can also account for numbness. Sometimes a simple bruise or contusion or a swollen finger can also make out feel "numb" or different when looking for nerve compression start at the finger and work your way up tot the neck any compression on any area can cause the finger to fell different. Although we generally use the word "numb" or numbness a true numb finger has no feeling at all. Maybe a better word is tingling to mean only a partial difference in sensation. Even a swollen joint from arthritis or a bruise to the finger can make the tip f a finger feel different. A swollen tendon or a trigger finger can also make the finger feel less normal. A contusion or bruise to the palm can affect the digital nerves that go to the finger. A site of compression can be a the wrist. The ulnar nerve at the wrist more commonly affects the little finger , but some people with carpal tunnel syndrome complain of little finger numbness even though we are not supposed to be "wired" that way. At the elbow the ulnar nerve continues up the arm and the inside of your elbow where you would think of your "funny bone" as residing is a site of compression that can give tingling in the little finger. Hoever usually little finger tingling from the ulnar nerve at the elbow will be accompanied by tingling on the top of the hand on the little finger side too. Finally a compressive site in the neck or at a lower cervical nerve root ( the lower part of your neck or cervical spine) can also give tingling as for circulation, there are a variety of systemic and localized conditions that affect circulation in the hand from ryanauds, a spasm of the blood vessels due to cold , to the decreased circulation ( and neve issues) of diabetes, to a disorder that is associated with trauma to the palm and interruption of normal hand circulation. Finally there are more severe conditions that can simulate 'numbness" in arm of exretemities that are indirectly related to nerve or circulation issues should one who has little finger numbness need to worry about all these things and more? The answer is yes and no. Thats for your health care provider to determine but if the numbness continues your should seek medical attention. From a hand or orthopedic surgeons perspective: a lot of those who have numbness in the little finger have cubital tunnel syndrome, which is a chronic compression of the ulnar nerve ( your funny bone) at the elbow in the meantime think about your arm position when you are sitting at the desk or kitchen table and typing, simply sitting and being on a keyboard both your hands rotated on the keys and the inside of your elbow resting on the table or table edge can also give tingling in the little finger! those who want to know more about cubital tunnel syndrome affecting the ulnar nerve can follow the link provided. ...Read more

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Numbness in my left arm, tingly face and fingers and really sore shoulder? Possiblle fracture?

Numbness in my left arm, tingly face and fingers and really sore shoulder? Possiblle fracture?

Tingling and numbnes: Fractures are ususally related to trauma. If there has been no trauma then this is very unlikely. Tingling and numbness involving the face and arm usually is from a problem in your neck or brain. Because of the pain in your shoulder you most likely have a nerve issue from your neck. Of course a good physical examination may help give you a better complete answer. ...Read more

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Left arm tingly I have neuropathy. Back of neck feel pressure, headache just in forehead and top teeth hurt a bit. Help?

Left arm tingly I have neuropathy. Back of neck feel pressure, headache just in forehead and top teeth hurt a bit. Help?

SCM pain pattern: Look to the sternocleidomastoid muscle for trigger points and perhaps the scalenes. Your pain pattern mimics that muscle trigger point map. Of course other causes may overlap that one. ...Read more

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Shaky, nauseous, right abdominal pain, can't eat pressure in my head left arm tingly also left cheek?

Emergency: You should be evaluated in the emergency room immediately. These are worrying symptoms. ...Read more

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Left arm randomly tingles for past three weeks, extending from the lower back of the upper around to forearm stopping at the wrist; flu shot recently?

Arm pain: This is not likely to be due to the influenza vaccine, and must be examined to be diagnosed. You may need imaging studies of the cervical spine or the brachial plexus. Go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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Severe onset of left shoulder blade pain that radiates down left arm & hand.Left arm also tingles.Whole left arm is weak. Neck is fine though.

Severe onset of left shoulder blade pain that radiates down left arm & hand.Left arm also tingles.Whole left arm is weak. Neck is fine though.

Radiculopathy: Pain that radiates down the arm can reflect a cervical radiculopathy (shooting pains due to a pinched nerve in the cervical spine). Many patients will have no associated neck pain. These conditions typically resolve with time and conservative treatment. It would be reasonable to watch it for a week or two, and use NSAIDs if needed, before seeing a physician. ...Read more

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20 year old male, abnormal EKG but normal echo and stress test. Left arm randomly tingles and has a slight ache to it.Anxiety or heart?

20 year old male, abnormal EKG but normal echo and stress test. Left arm randomly tingles and has a slight ache to it.Anxiety or heart?

Maybe neither: Might consider possibility of peripheral nerve compression afflicting your arm at wrist or elbow. An EMG test can help rule out this consideration. Am skeptical that anxiety is cause of tingling in one arm. ...Read more

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