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Can an anxiety disorder cause weakness in left hand pinky/ring fingers? I have had health anxiety for als, my gp says no, but I have not see a neuro.

Can an anxiety disorder cause weakness in left hand pinky/ring fingers? I have had health anxiety for als, my gp says no, but I have not see a neuro.

Health anxiety: Anxiety can cause all kinds of symptoms, less often one-sided. There can be muscle weakness, plus numbness and tingling in extremities. You could also possibly have a neck issue impinging on nerves that lead to your hand; a neurology consult could help. Being generally very anxious about your health could also merit seeing a psychologist for assistance managing this. Good therapies are available. ...Read more

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Any ideas on what can muscle twitching and some jerking on leg and body , had on and off weakness and left hand leg ,no diagnosis just ideas?Plz 22/m/latino

Any ideas on what can muscle twitching and some jerking on leg and body , had on and off weakness and left hand leg  ,no diagnosis just ideas?Plz 22/m/latino

Neurologist: There is no way to answer this on the internet. The list of potential causes is long and a neurologist evaluation with possible nerve conduction study may be in order to help find the cause. ...Read more

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Weakness in left hand. Sent for stat ct-inconclusive-concern over blockage of basilar artery-sent for mri/mra - insur. Denied mra-still get results?

Weakness  in left hand.  Sent for stat ct-inconclusive-concern over blockage of basilar artery-sent for mri/mra - insur. Denied mra-still get results?

Who is concerned ?: Are you concerned or your doctor? I really don't think based on what you've told me that there is any basilar artery issues -- if there is a problem there, symptoms include vertigo, double vision, and balance issues. Best to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What could be causing numbness and weakness in my left hand? I do have carpal tunnel syndrome, but this seems different, not as much pain, but a lot less sensation in my left hand.

What could be causing numbness and weakness in my left hand? I do have carpal tunnel syndrome, but this seems different, not as much pain, but a lot less sensation in my left hand.

Actually, : Actually, it's a myth that carpal tunnel syndrome is pain, particularly pain with typing. The hallmark symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is numbness. Numbness in the thumb, index, long and half of the ring finger. The current best evidence is that cts is genetic (you we're going to get it no matter what you did) and--in my opinion--inevitably progressive. I warn my patients that surgery is necessary eventually to prevent numbness and weakness that it is permanent. Luckily the disease is very slowly progressive, so you should have some time to sort this out. ...Read more

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I have sudden weakness and pain in my left hand. My right is fine, but grasping with left is weak and a bit painfull why is this?

I have sudden weakness and pain in my left hand. My right is fine, but grasping with left is weak and a bit painfull why is this?

Arthritis, maybe: Sounds like this could be arthritis. Hand surgeons are quite good at helping people with hand and wrist arthritis. See one for an exam and an x-ray. I bet you'll be happy you did. ...Read more

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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