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What can cause my mom's knuckles to swell, forearm muscles to tighten, as well as create numbness and pain on the hand?

What can cause my mom's knuckles to swell, forearm muscles to tighten, as well as create numbness and pain on the hand?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with his doctor. In that meeting, his doctor will listen to him, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell him what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

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Can tight muscles or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder or upper back cause pain down arms or tingly numb feeling arms?

Can tight muscles or muscle spasms in neck, shoulder or upper back cause pain down arms or tingly numb feeling arms?

Possibly: Anatomically the arms receive their control of sensation from the neck. Nerves that are irritated at the level of the neck often only result in pain traveling into one arm and not both. Given your age, it would be unlikely that there is significant degeneration to cause symptoms in both arms. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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How can I determine if my spine is out of alignment or if it's tight muscles that are causing back pain or numbness?

How can I determine if my spine is out of alignment or if it's tight muscles that are causing back pain or numbness?

Spine Align & Muscle: Have you done any PT or had chiropractic tx? Could help you with determining if you have primarily a muscular source +/- a spinal source. Can pick up some spinal changes with direct exam of the back. Other spinal changes can only be seen on plain x-rays, CT, MRI, etc. See if your PCP will prescribe a topical muscle relaxant. (Flexeril) If it eases ALL symptoms, then maybe muscles are only issue. ...Read more

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If my neck muscles hurt because of wrong bra (tight) could it effect my nerves (very slight numbness in hands)?

If my neck muscles hurt because of wrong bra (tight) could it effect my nerves (very slight numbness in hands)?

Not really: It would be difficult for an undergarment to cause numbness in the hands. Hand symptoms can arise from changes in the neck, but normally much closer to the center, than where the straps would be. Hand numbness could be caused by something else, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, for example. Get clothes that fit and fit comfortably. That is always good advice. ...Read more

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It feels like my muscles on my head get really tight n i get a numbness also i've had CT scan and all was ok what other possibilities could there be?

It feels like my muscles on my head get really tight n i get a numbness also i've had CT scan and all was ok what other possibilities could there be?

Hard to say: Given numbness, it sounds neurological in nature. However, it's hard to be more specific with these symptoms alone and a negative ct scan of the head doesn't exclude very much. My advice would be to continue to follow up with your doctor until you get a diagnosis. If there is trouble getting to the bottom of the issue, see a good neurologist. I hope this helps some. ...Read more

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Top of forearm has slight feeling of numbness, but it's not and hand muscles are tight when trying to open hand, also feels weak but stength is good?

Arm pain: Tough to diagnose without an exam, sound like a possible shoulder issue with a minor nerve irritation causing the top forearm numbness and the tightness in lower muscles too. See the doc for an exam and eval, best wishes. ...Read more

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Out of cast after 4 weeks(long arm) muscles in forearm tight n painful n numbness in thumb normal post cast? I had epychondolitis n torn tendon

Out of cast after 4 weeks(long arm) muscles in forearm tight n painful n numbness in thumb normal post cast? I had epychondolitis n torn tendon

Can be expected --: Stiffness from being in a cast for 4 weeks. Numbness maybe from cast being too tight or the cotton padding may have bunched up causing a local neuritis, which should clear up in 2-3 weeks time. As you exercise the tight muscles should loosen up and get stronger, reducing the stiffness as well. Massage/stretching exercises would help the epicondylitis. The doc should advise re: the torn tendon! ...Read more

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My friend has woke up for the last 3 nights w/ numb, tingling, pins and needles feeling, on l. Side of body, tight muscles, & puffy feeling in l. Arm?

My friend has woke up for the last 3 nights w/ numb, tingling, pins and needles feeling, on l. Side of body, tight muscles, & puffy feeling in l. Arm?

Positional: Generally this is a sleep positional issue with tightness and muscle spasm around the nerves under the armpit. Can be from neck also. If it goes away quickly then needs to work on some thoracic outlet stretches with a therapist. If persists should get checked out. ...Read more

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Random numb feeling in cheek and jaw (right side) tight neck muscles, anxiety, stress something else?

Random numb feeling in cheek and jaw (right side) tight neck muscles, anxiety, stress something else?

TMJ-TMD : TMJ disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. The common symptom are: headache, jaw pain, neck pain, eye pain, earache. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. This disorder will not resolve on its own with home care. Rec.: orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Out of cast after 4wks(long arm) forearm muscles tight n painful n numb thumb. Normal after casting? Have epychondolitis n partial tendon tear

Out of cast after 4wks(long arm) forearm muscles tight n painful n numb thumb. Normal after casting? Have epychondolitis n partial tendon tear

Not normal: Numbness is never normal, a nerve may have been irritated by the cast. Epicondylitis should never require a cast, even with a partial tendon tear. I recommend seeing a sports medicine trained doctor. ...Read more

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Arms feel uncoordinated and muscles are tight. I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks. could this be related? Had Brain MRI 1.5 yrs ago for nimbness which was normal

Arms feel uncoordinated and muscles are tight. I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks. could this be related? Had Brain MRI 1.5 yrs ago for nimbness which was normal

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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What causes the muscles in the neck to tighten?

Pain: Often if there is pain and/or underlying pathology in the neck, the muscles will react by tightening or spasming. Stretching and anti-inflammatories can help, as well as treating the underlying pathology. See your physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I wake up in zero pain but within 30 min, the muscles in my neck and shoulder begin to spasm and tighten & lasts all day. What could be the cause?

I wake up in zero pain but within 30 min, the muscles in my neck and shoulder begin to spasm and tighten & lasts all day. What could be the cause?

Stress?: Several of the more common reasons for muscle spasm and tightness in the neck and shoulder area include: Stress, tension or anxiety causing you to contract the muscles unconsciously. Sleeping in an uncomfortable position. Injury to the neck. See your physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause muscles in face to tighten up while sleeping?

Can anxiety cause muscles in face to tighten up while sleeping?

Yes: Certainly. Whenever one is anxious, our muscles tense up. Anxiety can also cause tooth grinding which will lead to pain and tense facial muscles. Grinding teeth usually does occur when asleep. ...Read more

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I am 6 months postpartum. When I sit up I feel the muscles of the right side of my abdomen tighten up. Sometimes this is painful. What may cause this?

Muscle pain : You may have pulled your abdominal(core) muscles. This is very common with an infant. Especially if you use that side of your body to lift and hold the baby. I recommend alternating sides when holding the baby, diaper bag, car seat. Be extra mindful when lifting out of the crib or the car. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause head numbness and spasms in head that feel like a rope pulling tight?

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause head numbness and spasms in head that feel like a rope pulling tight?

Fluoxetine (Prozac): Fluoxetineis amongst one of the safer & better tolerated anti-depressants with anxiolytic properties belonging to the ssri class. Headaches have been reported in up to 20% of patients. Spasm & numbness are less commonly reported. Hyperkinesia (commonly confused with spasm) are seen is about 2% of individuals who use this medication. Other things can cause headaches, numbness & spasm. Consult dr. ...Read more

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Do overworked muscles of the arms cause painful numbing thru the whole arm when no longer in use? How to stop the pain & numbness ?

Do overworked muscles of the arms cause painful numbing thru the whole arm when no longer in use? How to stop the pain & numbness ?

Possible: There are several reasons that using muscles could cause pain but with the addition of numbness you should have a thorough exam to be certain that there is no impingement of nerves in your arm, shoulder, thorax or at the level cervical spine where nerve roots exit to go to the arm. Please get that evaluated with a good neurovascular examination. ...Read more

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Whats conditions cause numb burning pain on left side? I've had numbness and burning pain 24-7 on left side for 3 years been to many drs .Still have yet found out a cause .I juss live with burning pain n sensitive to hot and cold .Muscles in left leg gett

Whats conditions cause numb burning pain on left side? I've had numbness and burning pain 24-7 on left side for 3 years been to many drs .Still have yet found out a cause .I juss live with burning pain n sensitive to hot and cold .Muscles in left leg gett

Neuropathic pain: Your symptoms suggest that you may have had some pathology in the right brain and subsequently developed the burning pain on left side. Regardless of whether a brain lesion was or is found the symptoms still suggest neuropathic pain. See a pain management specialist and who is also a neurologist. ...Read more

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