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Arm numness

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  • Posted By: Geraldina
  • October 8, 2006
  • 00:14 PM

I was just wondering what could cause numbness to both arms, accompanied by headache and a stiff neck?

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  • Pinched nerves. It is common to get headaches from this and could be causing other problems. You should see a chiropractor.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 9, 2006
    • 08:11 PM
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  • I have had this same thing happening where one or both arms go numb. This happens sometimes while keyboarding, reading the paper, driving the car, etc. Also I usually sleep on my side and whatever side I sleep on, that arm seems to go numb. This started after I was rear-ended in an auto accident. After physical therapy failed to help, I was sent for an MRI (like an x-ray but which gives much more detail as it shows the soft tissue as well as the bones). Well, it turns out that I have bone spurs on my spine at the location they call C-5 and C-6. The bone spurs are bony growths protruding from the spine. I am given to understand that they result from prior injury to the area. These growths press on the nerves that supply the arms. I was then referred to a neurologist who was able to replicate the numbness by pushing my head back to a particular position. It's nice to finally know what the heck is going on. The bad news is the only real cure i(I was told of anyway) is to have the spurs surgically removed which they usually do by going through the front of your neck (so as not to endanger the nerves around the spinal column by cutting through that way). It is a very delicate, complicated procedure which could have serious complications. I don't think they want to do it until/unless it becomes unbearable (neither do I, but I admit, it IS already pretty unbearable). I would like to hope that someday they could use a laser or a ultrasound wave to disintegrate them - but I really haven't had a chance to look on-line for any new developments in the area yet. I hope you can get in for an MRI to see if that is what is happening with you. I wish you the best of luck. - Donna
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 1, 2006
    • 09:48 AM
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  • Hi there, Just like Donna I have the same disc protrusions in the area C4-C7. I also had to do 2 MRIs (to rule out MS) and they were discovered at that point. In my case, they are not a result of an injury, but more because of the structure of my neck and incorrect position in front of a PC.In my case, I have the stiffness/numbness in both arms and legs, but mostly in my ancles and hands, for some reason. I did therapies- a Doctor who was ringing my neck several times, trying to relieve the nerves, acupuncture, massages, etc. I did not benefit from them. Some times my hands are so stiff, I drop things, or can't do an activity which requires precision. Overall I can describe it as weakness and I feel tired in the neck area, but also in the whole body. Since this causes me some dizziness and nausea (I was told the protrusions pressure an artery going towards the Vestibular aparatus, thus causing the dizziness) and if I attempt to walk for a long time I feel lack of gravity and insecurity, I was told that the pressured nerve doesn't convey proper signal down the spine towards the limbs. Also, the poor blood circulation causes all the rest of the discomfort. All and all, if you have similar symptoms, you may want to scan your neck and see if you suffer from something similar. Donna, if you would like to chat further about the same problem we have, my e-mail address is : janetnenkova@excite.com. I hope you feel better soon.Cheers: Janet
    Jeneta 5 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 11:35 AM
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  • May be a pinced nerve, but also get checked for meningitis, especially if it's a recent problem.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 8, 2006
    • 06:01 PM
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