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Brief left side of face numbness and lower left arm numbness that went away after a few seconds. What's wrong?

Brief left side of face numbness and lower left arm numbness that went away after a few seconds. What's wrong?

Parasthesias: These symptoms are called parasthesias and could be a result of a number of different issues including anxiety or panic attacks, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, neuropathies or nerve disorders, vascular problems, inflammatory or infectious diseases. This is only a short list, there are many causes of numbness and more history and an exam would need to be done to confirm a diagnosis or cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more


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I am a 33 year old female that is over weight. I have had pain in my left shoulder, with heaviness and numbness to lower left arm and neck.

I am a 33 year old female that is over weight. I have had pain in my left shoulder, with heaviness and numbness to lower left arm and neck.

Couple points: The pain doesn't necessarily have a thing to do with obesity (most of your weight is below that area). But, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ is a guide to overcoming the compulsions/habits/triggers that make us overeat. Pain that goes out in the pathway of a nerve is usually due to a nerve compression. Neck or Thoracic outlet are common spots. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve cause tingles when looking up&numbness in rt arm and leg? I do a lot of stair running .1st started with pulled lower back and spread

Can pinched nerve cause tingles when looking up&numbness in rt arm and leg? I do a lot of stair running .1st started with pulled lower back and spread

Spurling Sign: Yes. Clasically, looking up and toward the side of symptoms will elicit a shooting pain into the arm suggesting a pinched nerve in the neck. Less commonly, if the spur/disc is more central, there may also be symptoms affecting the same leg. Again, this would imply a combination of central and lateral pressure. A large disc herniation would be most likely if < 50 years. Consider a spine md eval. ...Read more

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Im suppose to have a lumbar fusion on my lower back soon and recently been waking up with numbness in both arms, is this related?

Im suppose to have a lumbar fusion on my lower back soon and recently been waking up with numbness in both arms, is this related?

Yes and no: The problems you are having in your lumbar spine are not causing the symptoms in your arms, but new numbess in the arms may be indicative of the same degenerative process which occurs in the lower, or lumbar spine, only occuring in the neck, or cervical spine. If the symptoms persist or worsen, you should let your surgeon know prior to any planned surgery. ...Read more

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After using power tools or digging using a speed i wake up in early morning w/ severe numbness & pain in my hands & lower arms & it is getting worse?

After using power tools or digging using a speed i wake up in early morning w/ severe numbness & pain in my hands & lower arms & it is getting worse?

?carpal tunnel: Sounds like this may be carpal tunnel syndrome, a compression of the median n. Beneath the palm. Can be aggravated by heavy work and repetitive motion. Frequently causes episodes of numbness and discomfort in the hands, at night, causing the patient to waken, then shake and/or rub the hands for relief. If this sounds right, see your doctor. Could require surgery.Good luck. ...Read more

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Numbness of the left arm, heavy feeling in chest, pain in lower left side of pelvis. no previous diagnosis of asthma . What could be happening?

IF this is new, seek: help in an ED. Very unlikely to be a heart attack unless you take cocaine or have a congenital condition, but chest pain with arm numbness is nothing to fool around with. Could be blood clot, collapsed lung, lots of things. Don't delay. ...Read more

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I have really bad lower left side back pain which shoot down my leg with pins&needed and I also have sharp chest pain and numbness in my left arm?

I have really bad lower left side back pain which shoot down my leg with pins&needed and I also have sharp chest pain and numbness in my left arm?

Need to address ASAP: Need to address what might harm you the most quickly. Your chest pain radiating down your left arm describes a heart attack. Take aspirin if not allergic and seek help NOW. Your back and leg symptoms sound more like a herniated disc /sciatic nerve injury. Only after you are evaluated for your heart, a workup for back problems as mentioned should be initiated. Answer is not on internet, call 911. ...Read more

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It looks like a vein that is sticking out from under my r arm. I can feel and see it running down into my elbow and it hurts to press. It also hurts when I stretch up, the arm is heavy and also I am getting numbness and pins and needles in lower arm and

It looks like a vein that is sticking out from under my r arm. I can feel and see it running down into my elbow and it hurts to press.  It also hurts when I stretch up, the arm is heavy and also I am getting numbness and pins and needles in lower arm and

Some ideas: It may be you were responding to another medical provider. If not- consider- is there a blood clot in one of the veins? This is an unusual but important cause of these symptoms. Another possibility- numbness and pin sensation can arise from a nerve injury. The site depends on where you have the symptoms. Consider splitting your question into 2-3. ...Read more

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Numbness in right arm. Cause? I also have lower back pain with random sharp pains down the back of my right leg

Numbness in right arm. Cause? I also have lower back pain with random sharp pains down the back of my right leg

NEUROLOGIST: Etime for a neurological workup. Problems in low back could account for pain in leg - but not arm. A neurologist should gt a history and examine you and see what needs to be done. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain on the left side and that pain is now in the front. Along with pain down the leg but not pass my knee and numbness in the arm?

I have  lower back pain on the left side and that pain is now in the front. Along with pain down the leg  but not pass my knee and numbness in the arm?

Back pain: The low back pain and radiation to the knee suggests a pinched nerve in the low back between the lumbar 3/4 disc. The numbness in the arm is unrelated to the low back. See a neurosurgeon or a neurologist to evaluate your pain and numbness to establish a cause and a treatment plan. ...Read more