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Pain, numbness, Burning sensation & tingleing left shoulder, left arm, left hand

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  • Posted By: milikin
  • October 16, 2006
  • 06:17 AM

My symptoms are as follows, I have pain in my neck located at C5 - C7 & T1. I have stiffness and pain in the left side of my neck with pain going down through my shoulder, under my arm pit, upper arm, and pain, numbness, burning sensations and tingling in my lower arm. Pain in left wrist with numbness in my 4th and 5th fingers and lower part of my hand extending back up my arm. i have a spot about as big as a hand on my back, located just to the right upper portion of my left shoulder. Symptoms began in the middle of the night as pain in my left arm and by noon that day my pain was so intense that I ended up in an emergency room. So far I have been diagnosed as having pericardia inflammation and high blood pressure. When that was ruled out, I was sent from the Cardiologist, to a bone specialist, who sent me to a neurologist, who sent me to my doctor who is sending me to have some physical therapy done. They have done stress tests, EKG, EEG ultrasounds, X-rays and MRI's and a few that I can't remember. All have came back negative. I still have chronic pain, stiffness, burning sensations etc... and have been unable to work for the last six weeks. Still no answer as to what is wrong.....

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  • Sounds like Lyme disease, especially if you have some sort of rash. I had all the same symptoms for months and went through all the tests you mention. The lyme screening test was negative twice. I finally went to a Lyme doctor (an MD) and he did the Western blot which tested positive. Several weeks of antibiotics later - I felt good.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 16, 2006
    • 02:18 PM
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  • I have had undiagnosed burning sensations in my arms and feet.. the only thing that helped it go away is taking vitamin supplements. Found that out myself and not from the doctor!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 00:08 AM
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  • I have had undiagnosed burning sensations in my arms and feet.. the only thing that helped it go away is taking vitamin supplements. Found that out myself and not from the doctor!What vitamins supplements are you taking I have the same problem Thank you
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 07:28 PM
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  • What vitamin suppelments are you taking? I have the same problem EMM
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 07:29 PM
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  • Have they checked for Thoracic Outlet syndrome or Fibromyalgia? Trigger point injections or acupuncture really help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 07:55 PM
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  • Is it difficult (or impossible) to raise your affected arm as high as your unaffected one? If you are female, are you able to fasten your bra? Sounds like the beginnings of 'frozen shoulder' - the person to help you is a chiroprator. Go see one before you start getting plugged with cortisone drugs by 'baffled' physicians.
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  • Sounds like testicular cancer.
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  • Perhaps some food, fruit or drink you are consuming is triggering the pain. Have you started eating something you were not before the pain started ?
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  • My wife has similar symptons. It may be a Brachial-Plexus injury where the nerves in the arm meet the spinal cord...a stretching or tearing of the nerves at that area cause the pain and tingling sensation.
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  • check out this site www.ahummingbirdsguide.com see how many other sx you have. Take a look at this site, see how many other people have similar sx...good luck...mommy cat
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  • Hello. No doubt you are dealing with a neurogenic disorder. Probably a double crush syndrome (Cubital Tunnel syndrome with TOC'Thoraci Outlet compression). When things get out of hand you can actually progress to a severe nerve stage called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon with an Upper Extremity Subspeciality, most of the patients that I see have these kind of problems and usually they had been going here and there with no answer to their problems. If you are capable of going to a medical exam in Houston, I recommend the ROC of Houston in Houston, Tx. You most definetely need a clinical examination by an Upper extremity nerve specialist, NOT a Neurologist.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 08:19 PM
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  • Do any of you take floxins...Cipro, Avelox, or Levaquin. If so your are allergic ........ these all cause unexplained burning, weakness, and other pains. http://www.fqresearch.org/vision_17.htmCould also be a mild case of shingles.............
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 13, 2008
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  • If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your shoulder or neck area; a bruning, uncomfortable sensation that does not affect your ability to move your arm or neck, but makes you want to pace the floor, DO NOT FOLLOW THESE IDIOTS' ADVICE AND GO TO A QUACROPRACTOR. Chiropractors are WORTHLESS QUACKS who get paid LOTS of money to cause you more pain. You need to go get an angiogram, and find out what is causing the reduction or blockage of blood flow. What you are most likely experiencing is a minor stroke caused by a blood clot. My mother used to have these pains and found out that her corrotid artery was restricted by a buildup of plaque or some other thing. The pain she was feeling was the lack of bloodflow. I started having these same pains starting a couple years ago. I never mentioned it to anyone as I figured it was just stress related. The pain/discomfort was usually in the same location... inside the right shoulder/neck area. The best way i can explain it is if you imagine a big vein running between the right side of your neck into your shoulder, and something is pinching it off right in the middle of the two locations. It usually happens at night when I'm sleeping, but wakes me up. I don't go numb, but the discomfort is so pronounced it's impossible to go back to sleep or even really lay still. It compels me to get up and walk around, get something to drink or just do something until the discomfort goes away. I had an angiogram done a few weeks ago and found that I have the same restricted vein problem my mom had. I'm scheduled to go have surgery to get that vein opened, cleaned and then stinted. I was told DO NOT GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR, that it might possibly make it worse or even kill me with a massive stroke. Chiropractors are a waste of money, and I have never seen one do anything really, truly useful. Stay away from chiro's.
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  • My husband (age 74) has experienced the same symptoms. They started abruptly one night. We were on vacation and the nice doctor called it 'intercostal neuralgia'. Heart problems were ruled out and we came home. Our family doctor said he never heard of 'intercostal neuralgia'. He sent him for MRI's of his chest and shoulder area. They came back normal. He then was sent to a neurolgist who ran series of nerve tests. He couldn't explain what is wrong. Sent him for another MRI of his shoulder and arm area. They didn't provide him with an answer. Sent him for another MRI of his neck area. Still can't explain the cause or problem. (Wonder where he got HIS degree). He also never heard of 'Intercostal neuralgia". The neuroligist, in turn, wanted to send us to an ALS specialist miles away from out home. We will not go. To continue.....Well, google found 'intercostal neuralgia' for us. It is basically a set of symptoms. Google also led us to an answer. In two words. AVOID LIPITOR. AVOID all statins. Not one of these doctors said a thing about that drug, although that is the first thing you write down when going to a doctor. He had been on 10 mg everyday for many years. As I look back, this drug is insidious. The side effects creep up on you without realizing it. He has been off the drug since Friday (this is Monday following). He is already feeling beter. Meanwhile the insurance companies are making money. My husband is also currently trying acupuncture. If anyone hears of a class action suit, I am all for it, even if it takes fifty years.
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  • Have they checked for Thoracic Outlet syndrome or Fibromyalgia? Trigger point injections or acupuncture really help.Fibromyalgia also may be caused by undetected Lyme's desease, so testing for Lyme might very well be worthwhile (as noted in this thread)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 17, 2009
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  • Fibromyalgia also may be caused by undetected Lyme's desease, so testing for Lyme might very well be worthwhile (as noted in this thread)hi,also have they tested for Takayasu arteritis??my 11yr old daughter has it and has the same pains and issues you describe in the original posting.are your pulses strong and the same in wrists,feet and ankles??please get checked or atleast talk to doctors about T.A,its a very serious disease.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 2, 2009
    • 01:20 PM
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  • I had similar problems getting worse, over time, but going down both sides of my right arm, over 7 months it reached a point that I could only sleep with my arm in a raised position above my head.Other symptoms were happening that I felt were not connected, but found they actually were in the end.Finally a friend sent me to a Neurologist in Houston, that had a chiropractic degree for the other symptoms, and she found they were all connected.I had had brain damage from the pain killers and antibiotics during a hysterectomy, and as the brain died, so were the areas that it ran dying too.The neck nerves were going to sleep as the brain died, and allowing the muscles that held my head in place to go to sleep as well.That allowed my vertabrea to slide out of place and PINCH the spine and give off the wrong signals to the organs, including my heart, stomach, esophagus, lungs, eyesight, large intestines, pancress, gallbladder,. The other problem was that the lungs were shutting down, not allowing me to use the oxygen I actually breathed, which shut down the DAMAGED BRAIN even more.My memory started fading into a patch work quilt, and finally short term memory loss set in. I became so weak I could hardly lift a jug of milk from mid chest up. I would get heart spasms every 15 minutes,so bad sometimes I would throw up.If I was in a hurry, or upset, I would choke when I ate.All the doctors I went to in Dallas kept saying there was nothing wrong with me, just give it another 6 months & I would get stronger...I only got weaker and weaker.When I found Dr. Gail Henry in Houston, in 1997, she showed me that my diagnosis of being in a wheel chair in 3 months, as on the long side, Actually she said I would not make it that long, that my brain was shutting down my whole left side, and my heart, lungs & esophagus were on that side, and one or all would spasm & choke me to death. I needed to be prepared on how I would go, and get my life in order..NOW.She said she could help me with a new technology that only 3 doctors west of the Mississippi even knew about, AT THAT TIME but I could not afford her treatments. I HAD NO INSURANCE, EVEN THOUGH I OWNED MY OWN BUSINESS.she said that if she did not give me treatments I would die, and she let me pay them out.It took 2 1/2 years, but she let me pay them out as I could.She saved my life....She gave me my diminished eyesight in my left eye back in 3 days of her new type of technology.My paralysis in my hand it took them a few months to wake upDragging my foot & slurring my speech she helped correct.THOSE MINI SEIZURES THAT CAME ON AS I WOULD GIVE A LECTURE, SHE GOT RID OF.I was now strong enough to chop roots with an ax in the yard 1 /12 years later.She showed me to get silver and gold out of my teeth as they both have things that cause nerve damage AND PARALYSIS.After I got my last filling out, I quit having the heart spasms, they are completely gone.She made me get off any caffeine, liquer, red dyes, stay away from people that smoke, even if it is in their hair it effects me for days afterwards, or bug or room sprays, painkillers, asperine especially, and any type of chemicals that effect the brain.Carpet cleaners will shut me down for about 5 weeks, where I can hardly walk with horrible pain. This happened last Christmas day, it was ***l for 5 weeks. I could hardly move from my waist down, and as I did it was horribly painful.Recall what happened to John Travolta's son when he was little,they were cleaning the carpet every month, & he started having seizures. He was small and closer down to the carpet, and would crawl on it, Those damaged him enough that he had seizures all his life, until the last one got him. Those are pretty bad for a healthy person so go easy on chemicals for cleaning...you guys.Any of These items listed above set me off immediately, and shut me down quickly, with face spasms, nausea, dizziness and again dragging my foot,or weakness in my hand or spasems in my hand. Caffeine makes my whole body feel on fire, burning and stiff, and makes my heart really go off kilter, and I am dizzy for days. Caffeine is in Chocolate, tea, coffee, & Cokes, as well as energy drinks...Guranna is a natural caffiene, so really messes me up as well.I only see badly when I am really tired, so must stay rested.Look for a Chiropractic Neurologist that can wake the brain body connection back up.I don't know if this is your problem, but give it a try and see if it can help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2009
    • 01:09 AM
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  • Hi everyone for the past 2 months i started to fell a burning in my left arm. as time passed the burning has gottin worse ,now my left arm has a twitch and it shakes. The burning is so bad it bring tears to my eyes ..the doctor said that i have nerve problems . It starts at the base of my head and gos down my left arm. they put me on lyrica they started me on 50mg now im on 150mg and it still doesnt take the pain away.....cheers Brian
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    • January 14, 2010
    • 01:14 AM
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  • ***** READ********** I have numbness, tingling, pinching, burning in my left shoulder bald. I was in a wreck in Oct and It happens when i bend over like at a desk or something or if i stand to long or walk along time and also i cant sleep well at night. i wake up about 2-3 time in the middle of the night. I also sometime wake up with my left arm from shoulder to elbow being numb as well as my hand being numb. I have had 11 MRI's and 4 blood dye injections already. I have been going to a neurologist and was diagnosed with Parasthesia.**** Paresthesia: An abnormal sensation of the skin, such as numbness, tingling, pricking, burning, or creeping on the skin that has no objective cause. Cuased by an inury to the Nerve senory or nerve root. **** Hope this is helpful.
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  • I have similar symptoms and wondering if you got treatment? Please let me know
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