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I have had several herniated discs from auto accident. Now I have terrible pain, pins and needles, and numbness in my left arm. What is this?

I have had several herniated discs from auto accident. Now I have terrible pain, pins and needles, and numbness in my left arm. What is this?

Pinched nerve?: You may have a nerve that's being impinged (pinched or pressed on) by a piece of one of the discs. If you are having these symptoms, you will likely need an MRI of your neck to determine the extent of the disc problem. Physical therapy will likely help, along with anti-inflammatories and possibly steroids. You should contact your doctor and schedule a visit at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Pess
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Paresthesia (Definition)

Paresthesia is a symptom in which a person has sensations of tingling or "pins and needles" on some or all of his skin. If a person sleeps on top of his arm, he may have paresthesia in the arm for a short ...Read more


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Pins and needles in my chin that switches from side to side. Also having pins and needles in left arm, lips and burning in middle of chest.

Pins and needles in my chin that switches from side to side. Also having pins and needles in left arm, lips and burning in middle of chest.

Need workup: Your symptoms require a thorough history and work up using laboratory and possibly other diagnostic tests. If you would like to talk about this on a more personal level to see if we can move this along please visit me at:www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi and use the key code: PDXFNR to set up a virtual appointment. ...Read more

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What can causes pins and needles in left arm, leg and foot?

What can causes pins and needles in left arm, leg and foot?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I am 19 and got sudden pins and needles in left arm and hand. They go away with a bit of movement or so. I also suffer from anxiety. Any thoughts?

I am 19 and got sudden pins and needles in left arm and hand. They go away with a bit of movement or so. I also suffer from anxiety. Any thoughts?

Not serious: Did it feel like a tingling sensation? It might have been due to some anxiety symptoms, which are sometimes accompanied by transient numbness or tingling sensations called "paresthesias.". ...Read more

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How can I stop this left arm pins and needles sensation?

How can I stop this left arm pins and needles sensation?

Nerve impingement?: You are describing impingement of a nerve. Now the question is "where?" make an appointment with your doctor to begin trying to find out. ...Read more

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What would cause pins and needles down your left arm every so often?

A number of things: Could be radiculopathy (pinched nerve at the neck) or something as simple as carpal tunnel syndrome. The best way to know is emg/nerve conduction studies. Ask your doctor which tests should be performed. ...Read more

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My left arm feels weird. Lately over the last few weeks it has been getting pins and needles easily and tonight it feels a little heavy?

My left arm feels weird.  Lately over the last few weeks it has been getting pins and needles easily and tonight it feels a little heavy?

T.O.S. ?: 30 yo female w. nearly chronic "heaviness, pins & needles" in one arm & symptoms occur at night; suggests impingement of brachial plexus in shoulder region. Absent proximate mechanical injury, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) to be considered. Parasthesias of TOS often occur in "pinky" (ulnar) region of wrist/hand & can be aroused by holding arm in "surrender" position for few minutes. See Osteopath ...Read more