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Upper extremity Numbness and Tingling ??

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  • Posted By: bayoubabe
  • November 2, 2006
  • 02:37 AM

I am a 44 year old female. I went to my PCP, I have numbing and tingling in my left arm from my fingertips to my shouldblade, it is intermittent, sometimes in my hand, sometimes just my elbow, sometimes in my shoulder, sometimes all at the same time! I have mobility issues with the arm, i'll go grasp something and sometimes my grasp will slip. or, if i reach to put the top to a sandwhich i am making, the cross over action and going to grip is sometimes difficult.

I am on naproxen and on some night time nerve medication.

I went to the orthopedist who did not find anything wrong with me except symptoms I am describing above. He took xrays of my neck and upper spine. all looked good he said.

I am now scheduled to go to a neurologist on monday to get and EMG and another test done.

I recently had a flu shot about a month ago, and do not know if those symptoms are a result of the flu shot or not.

I have been having the symptoms for about two weeks now.

Tonite, I notced a bunch of fever blisters (like 10-12) emerging on my upper/lower lips. I took a Valtrex that I had for this.


Any suggestions ? I'm open to all. Thanks in advance. Bayoubabe
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  • hello Bayoubabe,The arm and hand symptoms you are describing sound kinda like mine. I have it in both arms, but mainly my left along with twitching in my thumbs. About 3 years ago I had an MRI done on my C spine and the findings were that I have degenerative disc disease, slight bulging of all disc's and arthritis irritating one nerve on my right side. Back then I never had this sharp pains and about 2 weeks ago I went to see my family doctor and ordered another MRI that I just had done on Wed. I should know the results this coming week if it got any worse or not and what to do from here.Anyway, I am not doctor, but ask your doctor about getting an MRI on your C spine, it can show if something else is going on that x-rays can not show, like if a disc is bulging just enough to pinch a nerve. An MRI can show so much more than just an x-ray from one angle.Let us know how things go.hma95
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
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  • thank you VERY much, at least i have a direction to go in now. I have a neurologist appt tomorrow, they are doing standard nerve ending tests, EMG ? I think it is called. Blessings to everyone. Bayoubabe.:)
    bayoubabe 13 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
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  • Hello..I am basically having the same symptoms, but a have a couple additionally ones as well. Mine pains (aching, sharp, numbness) are located on my left side. It starts from my head, above my eye, neck, shoulder, chest, and especially my arm(aches real bad). My symptoms have been going on for about 2 1/2 months now. I have been to the ER, and they did EKG of my heart, and some blood work, and I went to see a Cardiologist and everything came back normal. The Cardiologist referred me to see a neurologist. So I have an appt. today. The nurse prat. said I could have pulled a muscle..(muscle spasms), or it could be stress, or a pinched nerve...
    QuietStorm 3 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
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  • Hi, sorry to hear you are havin problems. I went to the neurologist today, they did the motor conductivity test where they shocked you. THey said everyting was normal, so now I am back to square one. have a phone call in with the PCP, to figure out what step is next.:rolleyes:
    bayoubabe 13 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
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  • Bayoubabe, Well, I went to the neurologist yesterday, and basically he asked me what my symptoms were, and he said that it sounds like I have a pinched nerve. So on that note, I have to go back on Monday for the EMG/Nerve test....hopefully that is all that is causing my problem.
    QuietStorm 3 Replies
    • November 7, 2006
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  • Quiet, I went back to my PCP today, and they have me scheduled for a second opinion for a neurologist in town for dec. 14th ! can you believe it ? They are trying to go back to the first neurologist to see if they can set up a full exam, and i guess if he thinks I warrant the EMG. I already had the nerve conduction study, and that was normal. So, I am waiting to hear when I am scheduled to back to the first neurologist. Hopefully within hte next couple of days. We live in a very rural area, and there is only one neurologist in the parish. go figure. Bayoubabe
    bayoubabe 13 Replies
    • November 7, 2006
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  • UPDATE : (with past history) I had a flu shot Oct. 2, after that for the next couple of weeks, I experienced numbing and tingling in my left arms from my fingertips to my shoulderblade, I dismissed it as an 'aftereffect' of the shot. Week three went by, I went to the PCP, described the problems, She put me on Naprosyn and Neurontin, which only masked the problems, as the numbing and tingling were still there. Week four, I started having motor problems, dropping cups and plates, etc. I went to an orthopedic, everything was normal, including xray of my neck. So, onto neurologist who did a nerve conductivity test that turned out normal. . Week 5 included PAIN, and increasing into the shoulder blade. I had a full exam with the neurologist today (week 6) . He has ordered Brain MRA's and C-Spine MRI tests, which are scheduled for next Wed. I have a physical therapy evaluation next Monday. My arm just kinda hangs there. The neurologist seems to think the symptoms are MS- like and conclude it was probably from the flu shot. I took blood tests today, Including SED Rate, ANA, C React Protein, and an RA test. So, just wanted to get yall's take on the progression of things, and want to know if there is anything you may think I missed out in asking the PCP or neurologist ? I appreciate any advice yall may offer. Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving holiday, Bayoubabe
    bayoubabe 13 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
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  • UPDATE : (with past history) I had a flu shot Oct. 2, after that for the next couple of weeks, I experienced numbing and tingling in my left arms from my fingertips to my shoulderblade, I dismissed it as an 'aftereffect' of the shot. Week three went by, I went to the PCP, described the problems, She put me on Naprosyn and Neurontin, which only masked the problems, as the numbing and tingling were still there. Week four, I started having motor problems, dropping cups and plates, etc. I went to an orthopedic, everything was normal, including xray of my neck. So, onto neurologist who did a nerve conductivity test that turned out normal. . Week 5 included PAIN, and increasing into the shoulder blade. I had a full exam with the neurologist today (week 6) . He has ordered Brain MRA's and C-Spine MRI tests, which are scheduled for next Wed. I have a physical therapy evaluation next Monday. My arm just kinda hangs there. The neurologist seems to think the symptoms are MS- like and conclude it was probably from the flu shot. I took blood tests today, Including SED Rate, ANA, C React Protein, and an RA test. So, just wanted to get yall's take on the progression of things, and want to know if there is anything you may think I missed out in asking the PCP or neurologist ? I appreciate any advice yall may offer. Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving holiday, BayoubabeI am sorry to hear you are not feeling well. It is interesting that all symptoms started after the flu shot.... So did mine, your symptoms sound similar to mine. I had an MRI and spinal tap which showed I have mild MS. That was 2 years ago, I now have trineuralgia in the left side of my face. An MRI I had done showed that I have a pinched nerve in my neck which hopefully answere why my neck, should and sometimes arm hurt when my face does. I have doctors that say it the MS (take more medicine) and doctors that say it is the pinched nerve that shows on my MRI. I cannot stand the side effects of the medicine, a combination of carbamazapine and neurontin.I hope you feel better and get some answers.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
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  • thanks for sharing. I know what you mean by the neurontin. it makes me sleepy. i take two at night.. along with the naprosyn, sometimes i can still feel the tingling and numbness with all the meds . i sure hope this does not last two years. sorry yours is still around. i'll let you know how my results turn out. take care.
    bayoubabe 13 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 02:25 AM
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  • I have the same symptoms plus more and we are still trying to find things out. I feel like I am the only male on the board with these symptoms. If you want more detail look in my "could this be MS" thread.It sucks waiting and waiting. My symptoms keep progressing and seem to be getting worse yet I still have to spend most of my time waiting for results. So I know how that feels.
    seedtime 14 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
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  • How long have you had your symptoms for seedtime ? I have an update. I went for my physical therapy evaluation yesterday. It was painful. They ended up having me perform certain functions with my bad and good arm, and asked a lot of questions, it was a very thorough exam. She said my i had a bump at the top of my neck, and that my left shoulder was hard like a rock on the back of my shoulderblade, so she tried to work out each thing with a m-a-s-s-a-g-e WOW, I thought a massage would be a good thing... reminded me of how my grandma used to pound out dough on the kitchen counter. My neck and shoulder hurt MORE now, than before I went in !!:eek: I got some of the blood test results back. They said the ones I took were normal (found in previous post) and the ANA ? one was not back yet. I am scheduled for my MRI and MRA and Second physical therapy for tomorrow. Should I not wear deodorant for tomorrow or cremes or lotion ? for the MRI or MRA, this is my first time. thanks !
    bayoubabe 13 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
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  • When I first went for physical therapy it always hurt more after I went then before. It was kind of odd, I kept going yet we never knew what we were treating, so I gave it the 6 visits and kept up with the exercises then about 2 months later all the symptoms reapeared worse and other ones appeared.My problem has been on-going for about 9 months now. I have been seing doctors since May and still we do not know what is going on. Although I do feel like we are on the right track with the neurologist.As for the MRI I have always worn deodorant and lotion (i live in denver and it is way to dry this time of year not to). As for the MRA I have never had one, but from what I read it is just a type of MRI so I assume it is the same.MRI's always make me sleepy, last time I took an hour nap in the machine. I do not know why but the machine is just comforting to me.
    seedtime 14 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
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  • Hi can really empathise with your situatio!!!, I am a frustrated 33 year old female who is concerned about MS. I have had various symptoms for the past year which include loin pain, numbness in face, arms, hands, feet and legs which comes and goes. I also suffer from neck pain which often radiates down my arm, and arm tends to become weak when exerted. I have also suffered from blurred vision and the feeling of somehting being dtuck in your throat. I ahd a brain MRI in April 2006 which was normal, and saw a neurologist last week who confirmed that neurological examination was normal. I expressed my concerns to her but she seemed convinced that my symptoms were not to do with MS seeing as the above tests were negative. I insisted on having a neck and spinal mri which she agreed to arrange. I have read on many sites on the internet that I it is still possible to have MS and have a normal brain mri?? I advise my neurolgist this and she told me in the six years of dealing with ms patients she had never seen one with a negative brain mri. I endeavour that you are very busy but i would extremely appreciate it if you took the time to answer my concerns, should I still be worried or accept the opinion of my neurologist?My family are going crazy with me wanting me to accept reason but its difficult because i am continuing on this journey to find out what is wrong with me. Any advice welcome, thx.
    partygirl 3 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
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  • I endeavour that you are very busy but i would extremely appreciate it if you took the time to answer my concerns, should I still be worried or accept the opinion of my neurologist?My family are going crazy with me wanting me to accept reason but its difficult because i am continuing on this journey to find out what is wrong with me. Any advice welcome, thx.My train of thought is this:If I have symptoms of a neuorlogical problem then it must be a neurological problem till someone can prove to me its not.Another way of putting this, if you are not getting the answers from your neurologist, find another one and keep educating yourself.The neurologist I met with would also be suprised if it was MS due to the brain MRI. But she said it all the blood tests, EEG, and EMG come back normal then we would schedule another MRI in 6 months to compare with this one to see if there was anything on it.So I think MS is still on the table for me. Although my PCP is starting to think that it is a neuro-muscular thing. I am not really sure what that means.I will keep my MS thread updated as I find out more.btw, I think I must be the only male on this board that has MS symptoms :-)
    seedtime 14 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
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  • Update : I had the MRA and MRI scheduled for today. I tried to do the MRI, and it was NOT for me, no I did nothing... No MRA either.. All the clanging, and being in the enclosed space, and they put this thing over my face that resembled a hockey mask. *ugh*:eek: :rolleyes: :confused: I'm off to Physical Therapy this afternoon. The PT thinks it may be TOS. Thanks for the advice about the pain. The PT said it would get better before it gets worse. Bayoubabe
    bayoubabe 13 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
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  • Some people like the MRI machines, some don't. I take naps in them. I do know they can give you something to calm you down when you are put in the MRI machine.I was evaluated for TOS both neuro and vascular and was evaluated not to have it.go to http://www.tellmeabouttos.com and see if those match your symptoms.The Brain MRI is very valuable at diagnosing MS so I would see if you can take something and get it.My PT assumed I had TOS as well.
    seedtime 14 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
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  • Thank you, I did not know about the TOS website.. GOOD information there. What did they eventually diagnose you with seedtime ?
    bayoubabe 13 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
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  • We are still in the process of diagnosing. So as soon as I find out what I have I will share it. I have a feeling it will take a while to figure this one out. I have a neurologist appt next tuesday so I assume she will have all the blood work back.I just hope we can figure this out before I can a new deductible next year.
    seedtime 14 Replies
    • November 23, 2006
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  • I am a middle aged female - over age 50 - who suddenly awakened to a tingling sensation radiating down my left arm. The feeling is similar to one's leg "going to sleep." The feeling comes and goes. It is not painful per se, but the feeling is uncomfortable. Should I be concerned about heart attack? I DO have high cholesterol.Concerned female
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
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  • Hello: Just to be on the safe side, you should make a doctor's appointment. Heart attack symptoms for women differ from those of men. Women do not always get the extreme pain in left arm that men sometimes do. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America. Don't put off making the appointment. Regards, Lil
    Diamond Lil 12 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
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