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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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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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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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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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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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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