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Pins And Needles In Brests And Achy Arm
I am a 36 year old trainee doctor. I suffer from neck pain, right arm pain with pins and needles and vertigo. All my tests are normal. What should I do?
Dizzy, nauseous, pins and needles occasionally in my face. Right ear and arm pain, stiff paining fingers. Light lower back and stomach cramps?
When I nurse my baby, I get a tingly sensation in my breasts, almost like pins and needles. It goes away after a few seconds. What is that?
The last 3 evenings I've had a dull ache & pins and needles in my left arm, it's ok during the day. Eases once elevated but hard to lift.?
Waking up with dull ache or pain and pins and needles in my right arm. Goes mostly when I get up but if evident on occasions during the day?
2 metacarpal, sprained 3 1/2 weeks ago, worse, bruised, feels like pins and needles hard to grasp things, bad pain up arm tingling sometimes, and achy?
I have a dull ache in my right arm throughout the day and pins and needles. Sometimes in my left side too. My hands and fingers swell up. What could?
Compression symptoms: These vague symptoms could have several sources, and I recommend you seek a medical exam and opinion. You may have some degree of thoracic outlet syndrome, which is caused by a compression of nerve and/or vein by the first rib. Again, please seek a medical evaluation. ...Read more
I'm experiencing hot and cold spots in my arms and legs sometimes with pins and needles and I have a achy chest no cough what could this be?
What to do if I have aches to type. The ache goes all the way to my finger tips from my upper arm and tingles in my hand like pins and needles. Anyone have any idea?
See a neurologist: The problem could be in the neck. ...Read more
Severe pain from neck into shoulder dull ache down right arm for 8 weeks now getting pins and needles in right hand is this a trapped nerve?
Need exam: Difficult to determine without an examination. Differential diagnosis could be cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve in neck), brachial plexopathy, peripheral nerve entrapment such as carpal tunnel syndrome (not uncommon for cts pain to travel up the arm), or even myofascial pain with trigger points. Would suggest physiatric evaluation for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Can carpel tunnel cause both hands to turn freezing cold? I have been having my arms at night fall asleep and get the pins and needles and numb feeling in both arms. For the last week my hands ache they feel almost swollen like and my sensation in my fing
There has been a lot written about non-occupational risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome. In one study out of boston about 11-12 years ago in fact it was determined that women who took birth control pills had an increased incidence of carpal tunnle compared to women who did not. The problem with a lot of studies is that while statistically it seems to implicate certain behaviors or co medical conditions or medications it doesn't help you as an individual trying to do what is right for yourself. Remember that a study like that offers guidance as a risk factor but may not imply a direct cause. There are a lot of coincidences too.
Tingling and numbness in the hand can be from carpal tunnel but aching, coldness can occur form that or other issues.
As far as stopping or starting birth control, talk with your doctor. Your neurologist should be able to clarify whether you have carpal tunnel or not and ifyou are not getting success with the treatment offered maybe you want to ask your neurologist about an emg/nerve conduction study or perhaps see a hand surgeon in your area.
If your curiuos you can look at the one of the styudies I am talking about, but none of these dtudies offer a direct cause and effect ie you can't say bcp lead to cts just that its been identified as a factor in this one study in this one population (the people studied). ...Read more
Collette, this could be sore muscles from repetitive activity or nerve irritation. If you have discomfort at night try a wrist brace to keep your wrist still to see if this helps. Simple stretches might help as well.
See your doctor if these simple approaches to do not help. ...Read more
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
Diet: Is by far the commonest cause, especially all the sweet "junk" if this applies to you. ...Read more
Pinched nerve: See a neurologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Neuropathy: By description, it sounds like you have a pinching nerve in either your neck (cervical) area or your shoulder, where nerves can commonly get "pinched" and cause "parasthesias." You need to see a Doctor and get an evaluation, with some testing most likely such as an EMG, which would determine the extent of your issues. Then any treatment would follow. Best wishes to you. ...Read more
Variety of Causes: Most often people think pins and needles in the arm automatically means carpal tunnel. This is often misdiagnosed. A cervical disc bulge/herniation, Thoracic outlet syndrome or cervicobrachial syndrome, and peripheral nerve entrapments should be considered. Start with conservative care with your chiropractor. If it does not resolve, an MRI, and/or EMG/NCV may be necessary. ...Read more
Be checked for. ...: Typical pattern for carpal tunnel syndrome as it will affect both arns at least 50% of the time & typical at night as we sleep our hands fall into a dropped position closing down on a nerve in the wrist & these symptoms can actually include the upper arms as well. Try wrist splints at night & if it does not get better see your doctor to get checked out for this condition & for several other ones. ...Read more
Pins and needles I suffer sometimes of pins and needles in my left arm if I bang my elbow I get a rush of pins and needles what can it be?
I keep getting pins and needles in my left arm I keep getting this sensation can you help please. I had a trapped nerve over christmas.
I keep waking up in the middle of the night lying on my right arm causing me to get really bad pins and needles, how can I break this habit?
Body pillow: Purchase a body pillow that you can position your legs and arms to take the pressure off the brachial plexus. ...Read more
Hi I woke up early hours of this morning with pins and needles in my left arm and I still have it now, I've suffered with tachicardia in the past?
See your doctor!: A historty of a fast heart rate (tachycardia) and any chest or arm related discomfort warrants immediate attention by your doctor, urgent care center or emergency room. An ekg and a set of cardiac enzymes is necessary to rule out your heart as the cause of this condition. It is always best to keep a copy of a recent ekg or be seen by a facility that knows your history to compare at present. ...Read more
What could be causing upper left arm prickling/goosebumps/fuzzy sensation/slight pins and needles that is gradually getting more intense and frequent?
Symptoms of numbness and tingling are signs of some sort of neurological problem.
In the upper arm, this could be due to a problem at the root of nerve, like a radiculopathy, or can be from inflammation of the nerve in the shoulder region.
A comprehensive neurological examination and further history would be useful. ...Read more
I'm a 38 year old male and I have a pain radiating down my left arm and it feels like a pinched nerve. I also get pins and needles in this arm daicthis?
Hi, im having pins and needles in my left arm, and it suddenly appeared. I am at the same time quite hungry, is this the cause of the pins and needles?
Neuropathy: It is possible you have some kind of nerve injury. Your doctor needs to evaluate you as the answer may be simple but important. ...Read more
Hyperventilation: Dizziness and pins and needles in the arms may be caused by hyperventilation. Hyperventilation occurs when someone is anxious and breathes in a shallow rapid manner. Place a small paper bag over your mouth and nose and breathe for a while. If it helps, you have been hyperventilating. If it does not help, see your doctor. ...Read more
Stop typing!: Sorry, the temptation to invoke an old henny youngman joke was just too strong. What's happening is that one of the sensory nerves in your left arm is getting irritated or inflamed when you type. Try moving your left arm until you find a position that doesn't irritate the nerve. If you can't, you'll need to see a neurologist to make sure you don't have a pinched nerve or something similar. ...Read more
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