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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more


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I sleep on my left side curled up. Now I have been having pain from neck to middle of left back and pain/tingling down left arm/hand. Pinched nerve?

I sleep on my left side curled up. Now I have been having pain from neck to middle of left back and pain/tingling down left arm/hand. Pinched nerve?

Cerv radiculopathy: 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. If pain tolerable and symptoms better, ok to watch and wait. Nonsurgical treatment includes pt (i prefer mckenzie exercises), arthritis meds, and nerve blocks. Surgery if symptoms no better or worsen. ...Read more

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I have mid trap pain and tingling down my left arm from my shoulder to elbow when I train back or squat. Who could I see for this? Thanks

I have  mid trap pain and tingling down my left arm from my shoulder to elbow when I train back or squat. Who could I see for this? Thanks

Sports Med: Best to see sports med specialist for initial eval. Also pay attention to what specific exercises you are doing that seem to be most problematic. That would be helpful. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more

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I have had a pain in my shoulder that sends tingling down my left arm and numbness in my hand. What should I do?

I have had a pain in my shoulder that sends tingling down my left arm and numbness in my hand. What should I do?

Get an EMG/NCT: Paresthesia ; numbness in the hand and arm indicates nerve impingement. See a neurologist for an emg/nct. If proven to have nerve impingement in the neck then you will be referred to a neurosurgeon. If you have impingement of nerves at the elbow or hand , then you will be referred to a hand surgeon for surgical decompression. ...Read more

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My drs won't take me seriously. I have tight jaw/neck muscles pulling at my bones, but i don't have tmj. Now i get some tingling down my left arm

Need evaluation: Jaw pain and left arm numbness can be a signal of cardiac insufficiency. Need to be cleared byphysician now. If medically sound, need to then see dentist to evaluate occlusion and muscle function. May need orthodontist if malocclusion contributory to facial pain. ...Read more

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Have tingling going down my left arm periodically. No pain, just feels like goose bumps., Lately, have a sweet tooth, eating a bag of licorice a day??

Have tingling going down my left arm periodically. No pain, just feels like goose bumps., Lately, have a sweet tooth, eating a bag of licorice a day??

Goose bumps: Probably nothing major but if the tingling gets worse or more common, please see your doctor. Nothing to do with tingling but go easy on the licorice or you will gain a lot of weight. ...Read more

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Every few days to weeks i'm getting tingling down my left side (face, arm, leg). 8 times in total, today it's the same but on right. Am I have tia's?

Anxiety: Numbness like thus is how your body is experiencing your stressed breathing. You are either breathing too shallow or too rapidly. These symptoms are a sign that you are not managing your anxieties well. ...Read more

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Sharp, sudden pain in right chest while lying on right side. Pain went away immediately but left tingling down right arm and fingers. 37/m, 240/smoker?

Chest pain: Again as we have told others this may be heart related. You have multiple risk factors being a male smoker. It may be nothing but with tingling after chest pain down your arm you need to be evaluated. Please go to the ER to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What do it mean when you tingling in my left arm down threw my finger tips?

What do it mean when you tingling in my left arm down threw  my  finger tips?

Neurologic: Your description sounds like a nerve injury coming from your neck. In cervical radiculopathy the nerve root gets entrapped and causes dysfunction of the nerve and can lead to pain, paresthesias, numbness, or weakness. In carpal tunnel syndrome, the median nerve gets entrapped at the wrist and leads to symptoms in the hands but not usually much up the arm. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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My left arm has been feeling unrelaxed and weak and I have this tingling sensation that runs from upper left side of my back down my arm. Will i be ok?

My left arm has been feeling unrelaxed and weak and I have this tingling sensation that runs from upper left side of my back down my arm. Will i be ok?

MRI neck and referra: That sounds like a disc herniation with nerve compression in the neck. I would recommend a MRI of the neck and followup by a spine surgeon either neurosurgical or orthopedic spine surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm 38 years old and i'm having tingling in my left arm all the way down to my finger tips and pains in my shoulder?

I'm 38 years old and i'm having tingling in my left arm all the way down to my finger tips and pains in my shoulder?

Need evaluation: 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

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Why does the entire left side hurt from my neck down tomy leg and left arm. Going on for 3wks.i have a weird tingling sensation and only my left side ?

Why does the entire left side hurt from my neck down tomy leg and left arm. Going on for 3wks.i have a weird tingling sensation and only my left side ?

Mononeuritis mulripl: the most common cause of your symptoms, is a condition known as mononeuritis multiplex this is a condition, in which there is inflammation of multiple nerves, I believe to be due to a virus. I would sit in a relative. I mean, I would see a neurologist. It usually responds to the course of prednisone. I meant, it usually responds to a course of prednisone ...Read more

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Hi I have pain at my elbow and my left arm and it's going down to my fingertips and my fingers are tingling what could be causing that?

Hi I have pain at my elbow and my left arm and it's going down to my fingertips and my fingers are tingling what could be causing that?

Carpal tunnel vs: overexersize/strain such as housework, golf,tennis , rest your arm , try advil or aleve or aspirin , avoid too much wrist action like on computor , if not better in a month see neurologist for test to see if carpal tunnel , also check labs like b12,folate, thyroid ,iron ...Read more

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Tingling in left finger and bad circulation down left arm?

Tingling in left finger and bad circulation down left arm?

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 more

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