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What could cause weakness in left arm and hand? Could this be something serious?

What could cause weakness in left arm and hand? Could this be something serious?

Cervical spine: When symptoms like your occur, it is often caused by a pinched nerve in the neck. A good exam by a shoulder or even a neck specialist can help. Xrays and even a MRI may be needed. ...Read more

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Have suspected ms, muscle weakness in left lower arm and hand gets worse thru the day but ok at night. Ms symptom or something else? Ms not confirmed.

Have suspected ms, muscle weakness in left lower arm and hand gets worse thru the day but ok at night. Ms symptom or something else? Ms not confirmed.

Here is an approach: First, be certain that problems in left arm are not associated with nerve compression at wrist, elbow, shoulder, or neck. An EMG study will certainly help. Secondly, mri's of both brain and spinal cord may be helpful, and spinal fluid analysis can also be needed. If your current doctors are unsure, get a second opinion at a nearby medical school. Unlikely, but maybe a myasthenic problem exists. ...Read more

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Left arm weakness heart related? When should I worry?

Left arm weakness heart related? When should I worry?

Weakness: Arm weakness is not a symptom typically associated with heart disease. Usually it is more of a neurologic or muscular problem. It is concerning and should be evaluated. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of left arm weakness, dizziness, and cold sweat?

What could be the cause of left arm weakness, dizziness, and cold sweat?

See your Dr.: You need to see your dr for an accurate diagnosis. Depending on age it could be cardiac in origen but only a good h & p and ekg will reveal this. Only your dr can give you a good answer on this one. ...Read more

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What could be a reason that I have left arm weakness?

What could be a reason that I have left arm weakness?

Several poss. causes: Could be illness such as ms, certain autoimmune disorders, every dystrophy, or others. Commonly, it's due to nerve impingement in the neck due to arthritis or disc disease. Other causes include rib, sternal, clavicle or thoracic spine dysfunction, rotator cuff tear, tendinitis and muscle strain, etc. A thorough physical exam, including osteopathic hand-on diagnosis, could provide an answer. ...Read more

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I am having severe headaches, left arm weakness, and sudden quick blackouts. Who should I make an appt with? I am also continuously losing weight

I am having severe headaches,  left arm weakness, and sudden quick blackouts. Who should I make an appt with? I am also continuously losing weight

You have a # of: Problems. If this is occuring acutely please be transported to the emergency room now. Is you primary care provider aware of these episodes - if not, is imperative that he/she be informed asap. These are very serious sx - especially w your hypertension ; cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Left arm weakness for 2 months. Emg/nerve conduction study of neck & arm ruled out nerve/muscle issue. What could it be? Waiting for MRI in 2 weeks.

Left arm weakness for 2 months. Emg/nerve conduction study of neck & arm ruled out nerve/muscle issue. What could it be? Waiting for MRI in 2 weeks.

Arm weakness: You need to be evaluated by a neurosurgeon or spine specialist for determination of the cause and level. Arm weakness is often due to a cervical herniated disc usually at C5-6 or C6-7. Other levels are less common but not rare. There are other possible causes but at 27 the disc is more common. The MRI will be helpful. ...Read more

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Stiffness on back left side of neck left arm weakness dull ache mid to left side of chest?

Stiffness on back left side of neck left arm weakness dull ache mid to left side of chest?

Need a physical exam: and imaging like X ray and MRI to figure out of you have disk disease in the neck that causes your symptoms. Call a pain specialist and make an appointment. ...Read more

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Severe upper back pain progressing over months, left arm weakness, worse at night- clear t-spine MRI w/o contrast- could it have missed something?

C spine problem?: Has your cervical spine been checked?
Left arm symptoms are much more commonly related to cervical spine disc and degenerative
problems than thoracic problems.
Get a good exam of the cervical spine and left shoulder.
You may need a cervical MRI and NCV study to localized etiology. ...Read more

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What viruses can cause brachial neuritis? Fever x1 week then left shoulder pain x1 week then left arm weakness. Md believes caused by virus. Agree?

What viruses can cause brachial neuritis? Fever x1 week then left shoulder pain x1 week then left arm weakness. Md believes caused by virus. Agree?

Parsonage Turner: The brachial plexus painful paralysis may not be a direct virus infection of the nerves, but as a consequence of an immune attack. Upper respiratory virus infection - your immune system mounts an attack - and (by accident) attacks molecules in your brachial plexus myelin sheath. ("collateral damage" so to speak.) the condition is called parsonage turner syndrome. Pls discuss with your md. ...Read more

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Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket.Right handed/ no injury?

Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket.Right handed/ no injury?

Get evaluated: Although it would be rare for someone of your age to have heart trouble, shoulder pain is often seen with ischemia of the heart. Also, patients with injury to the spleen can have left shoulder pain. See you doctor and get it checked out. ...Read more

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Left arm weakness. EMG/nerve conduction study neg. Mri brain & c-spine (no contrast) neg. Phys Therapy no help. Whats the next step? What could it be?

Left arm weakness. EMG/nerve conduction study neg. Mri brain & c-spine (no contrast) neg. Phys Therapy no help. Whats the next step? What could it be?

Diagnosis: It sounds like there has been attempts, but it really does come down to the specific diagnosis for what is causing you this problem. Only then can things like prognosis and treatment options be known. Have you seen a neurologist? You might also request being referred to more of a tertiary care center if the diagnosis is not clear. ...Read more

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Left arm pain weakness and numbness. What kind of doctor should I see? Pain is from the elbow down into the hand 39 yr old male

Left arm pain weakness and numbness. What kind of doctor should I see? Pain is from the elbow down into the hand 39 yr old male

Neurologisr: There are many possible causes. The presence of weakness and numbness strongly suggest that nerves are being compressed in the arm. This could eminate fron the neck or from nerve entrapment at the elbow ( cubital tunnel syndrome). A neurologist can diagnose this with elctrical studies and radiographic imagiong as needed. ...Read more

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Left arm between elbow and wrist keeps twitching. No pain or weakness. Don't get much time for physical exercise. Possible causes ?

Spasms: This could be a muscle spasm due to stress or lack of sleep. We can get these randomly and they can be in the eyelid, or arm, stomach muscles etc. Likely nothing to worry about. If it persists and other muscles have similar, see an MD! ...Read more

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I have had twitching in my left arm (mostly near pinky side under wrist) for about a month. I am concerned about ALS. No weakness or wasting. ?

I have had twitching in my left arm (mostly near pinky side under wrist) for about a month.  I am concerned about ALS. No weakness or wasting. ?

Maybe ulnar nerve: This could be many different things. It could be ulnar nerve compression or neuropathy, it could be in the distribution of the cervical 7, 8 or even the thoracic 1 nerve radiculopathy,. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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Persistant twitch left arm for 11 days. No muscle weakness and no pain. Worse during daytime and better at nights. Between elbow and wrist.

Persistant twitch left arm for 11 days. No muscle weakness and no pain.  Worse during daytime and better at nights.  Between elbow and wrist.

Probably nothing bad: That doesn't sound like it is likely anything too serious but should probably be checked out anyway. There are some relatively rare neurological conditions that can result in muscle twitching without other initial symptoms. ...Read more

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Early 20's male , I been having weaknes on left arm and hand and left leg but comes and goes , some twitching around my body any ideas , ? Thanks

Early 20's male , I been having weaknes on left arm and hand and left leg but comes and goes , some twitching around my body any ideas , ? Thanks

Any ideas?: Here's an idea: See a doctor. It doesn't sound like something you should blow off. Weakness in an arm and a leg on one side at the same time should be checked out before you decide not to worry about it. ...Read more

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My b12 levels have been normal but my pain has been progressing. Also I have been getting numbness all over along with leg, hand and arm weakness.

My b12 levels have been normal but my pain has been progressing. Also I have been getting numbness all over along with leg, hand and arm weakness.

Numbness and: weakness need to be evaluated by your doc. He/she may refer you to a neurologist. There are many possibilities for your symptoms. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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52, fem, leg and arm weakness, neck pain.Now i can barely stay awake while eating.Hands feel spongy and hurt.Can barely walk after sitting for five mins.

52, fem, leg and arm weakness, neck pain.Now i can barely stay awake while eating.Hands feel spongy and hurt.Can barely walk after sitting for five mins.

Have it evaluated: This issue needs a detailed evaluation to determine the cause and treatment options. You may want to start with a neurologist but do something before the problem continues to increase. ...Read more

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23 /m my left arm, hand is fealing a little weak also my leg, foot , I also have body twitches ,the weaknes comes and goes! Can it be ALS , ideas?

23 /m my left arm, hand is fealing a little weak also my leg, foot , I also have body twitches ,the weaknes comes and goes! Can it be ALS , ideas?

Left sided weakness: and twitching that comes and goes. Not sure what you mean by body twitches. If you wake up weak and the weakness resolves think nocturnal focal seizures. (with Todds paralysis) More information is needed (along with a good neuro exam ) and possibly EMG-NCS or other studies) ALS is typically symmetric (arm to opposite arm or leg to leg spread) Fluctuations in weakness obviate a work up for MG. ...Read more