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Pinched Nerve??

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  • Posted By: Suburban Mom
  • October 23, 2007
  • 06:56 PM

For several months I've been waking up with my entire left arm (from shoulder to all five fingertips) with tingling, numbness, and a dull ache. Last night it woke me up several times.
It's afternoon for me and the dull ache and tingling is still there. The sensations are becoming more frequent.
Besides being a busy mom I have a part time job that is very physically demanding and when I get home I am filthy, exhausted, and aching all over. I feel older than my forty years. The job includes heavy lifting at a fast pace.
I don't want to discuss this with any of my family because if I mention these symptoms they will automatically assume its something cardiac related (I have a significant family history of it).
Is it easy to confuse angina with a pinched nerve?

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  • Hi. Yes the cardiac symptoms can be confused with nerve symptoms to the left upper extremity. Just to be prudent, I would get an EKG, and if that is normal, then you may want to consider getting tested for carpal tunnel syndrome or a left brachial neuropathy. Technically, the CTS should only affect the thumb, index and middle finger, but it may feel like the whole hand is having symtptoms. There are some ortho tests (noninvasive) for CTS.If negative for CTS , then think possible neck or brachial plexus. Good luck.
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    • October 24, 2007
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