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Sudden Numbness In Left Arm
Sudden sporadic and reversible numbness could be very benign such as hitting one's "funny bone" at the elbow, but if not provoked, numbness in one or two limbs might be a transient ischemic attack due to decreased blood flow in the brain. Important to sort out problem with brain and spinal cord ...Read more
Could be cardiac: Although you are quite young, your symptoms could be consistent with a heart attack or low blood flow to the muscles of the heart. I don't know whether you have any risk factors but with this limited information I would urge you to go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care center to be evaluated immediately. ...Read more
Needs eval: Numbness in you extremity can be caused by some nerve being pinched somewhere from your spine - neck area down to the arm. Some numbness can also be associated with heart disease and ischemia, or even be symptoms of early stroke/mini-stroke, etc.. Your numbness needs to be evaluated as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more
Unclear: what this could be, but if you are on oral contraceptives or have high blood pressure or have overexerted yourself, for example by power lifting, it could possibly represent a blood clot or another form of stroke. You should get an exam by a clinician to be sure it is not. Also if you have had any injury, your neck needs to be checked for any damage. Good luck! ...Read more
To the Doctor: Not one of those symptoms that you need to be google searching for the answer on your computer. Your age and gender put you on the side of being safe about this one. See your doctor. If this occurred with or after any exertion i would be particularly concerned. ...Read more
Severe pain under left shoulder blade & numbness down left arm till fingers.Tingly feeling in elbow.Neck is fine.Weakness in left arm. Supraspinatus ?
Need exam: Your symptoms suggest cubital tunnel syndrome ( ulnar nerve entrapment @ elbow) but a thorough history and physical exam is required to confirm. Supraspinatus( rotator cuff) injuries can occasionally present as you describe but this would be unusual. Most RC strains or tears cause pain w/ overhead activities, difficulty sleeping on the affected shoulder and/ or weakness... Best of Luck! ...Read more
Sudden severe left shoulder pain that radiates down left arm x1.5 hrs. Numbness and tingling in arm and hand. No injuries or cardiac Hx. Causes?
Shoulder problem: You describe parasthesias and autonomic changes of an upper extremity. You need to be checked for thoracic outlet syndrome. Perhaps you have predisposing joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs). See discussions on my chronic pain board at quora.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COULD BE: Please see a doctor asap.Get a more detailed answer ›
Severe headache with occasional lightheadedness, sudden pain through the left arm, numbness in legs?
Radiculopathy and HA: Neck pain and/or pain around the shoulder blades with associated weakness and/or numbness into the shoulder, arm or hand implies a pinched nerve from either arthritis or a ruptured (herniated) disc. May cause muscle tension in neck and "tension" headache. Nonsurgical treatment includes pt (i prefer mckenzie exercises), arthritis meds, and nerve blocks. Surgery if symptoms no better or worsen. ...Read more
Nerve symptoms: Might be due to carpal tunnel, nerve pinching at elbow (cubital tunnel), but also neck and shoulder may have problems. Sort out and confirm with your doc, and perhaps get confirmatory testing. Occas, bilat symptoms due to some medicines, and rarely an issue with cardiac disease (but over left arm, not the right). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back of Head, upper neck stiffness, headache, heaviness in right ear, weakness in legs, numbness & radiating pain in left arm&leg. ECG normal. Worry?
Neurologist: These symptoms appear more neurological rather than cardiac. Numbness of left arm and leg can be caused by pathology in the right cerebral cortex which occurs from blockage in the right carotid artery or an intracerebral artery in the right side of the brain circulation. I recommend a prompt evaluation in the hospital emergency room where a brain cat scan and carotid artery ultrasounds can be done ...Read more
Variety of causes: This may be due to a variety of causes that include: (i) musculoskeletal, (ii) vascular, (iii) or neurological. Pain associated with an injury is more likely to be either (i) or (iii). History of spine disease makes (iii) more likely. Any swelling or change in color of skin makes (ii) more likely. Recommend seeing a doctor for further assessment given abrupt onset of symptoms. ...Read more
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