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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   hello doctor
Doctor :  
User :   good morning
Doctor :   Very Good Morning
Doctor :   Please proceed with your query.
User :   i am experiencing a bit of numbness on my top left arm since y'day
Doctor :   May i know your age?
Doctor :   There are many causes of arm numbness as climatic changes, any injury, nerve compression,wrong posture, diabetes etc.

User :   and this is causing a bit of numbness in my little left i
User :   sorry doctor had a client call hence took time to type
User :   i feel a bit of numbness on my left little finger
User :   hence wanted to check if this is some cause for concern
User :   i am 41 years old
Doctor :   is there any associated neck or shoulder pain?

User :   ya i have neck pain of late
User :   i had a bit of muscle spasm in 2006 and underwent some physiotheraphy
User :   now that i keep travelling in AC bus in mumbai for more than 4 hours a day
User :   back pain has got a bit aggrevated alongwith neck pain
Doctor :   Any other associated problems like raised sugar, BP or cholesterol
User :   yes i have cholesterol history
User :   and take tablets like niacin (500mg), resvita and rosuvas (5mg) daily after meal
Doctor :   The arm pain is many times corelated if you have a history of neck pain.
User :   but it is more in control
Doctor :   Do you have a desk top job?
User :   yes it is aa desk job
Doctor :   The nerve compressing the neck causes the tingling sensation in the arm nerve also and if the cervical nerve C5 and C6 are being compressed they will cause this pain
Doctor :   Also since you have a desk top job the nerve supplying the hands also gets compressed and leads to this pain
Doctor :   It can only be ruled out after proper examination and investigation like X ray cervical area and also some blood tests.
Doctor :   Also you may require an MRI to see if there is any nerve compression.
Doctor :   If it is so then you may require some physiotherapy exercises.
Doctor :   Which will relieve the compression
Doctor :   Do you have any chest pain or breathlessness?
Doctor :   Sometimes any chest pathology can also cause arm pain.
Doctor :   Have you followed what i have said?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   yes doctor
User :   reading your messages
Doctor :   Ok
User :   sometimes i do have chest pain but no breathlessness
User :   but chest pain as some doctors suggest could be due to gas
User :   so what do u suggest?
User :   do i need to undergo MRI
Doctor :   Ok then you get your proper chest examination also done because any chest condition can lead to arm pain, also you are telling that you had a history of raised cholesterol.
User :   actually i had taken an MRI test some 6 years
User :   back
Doctor :   It is better to get your proper examination done to rule out
User :   cholesterol is much in control for the last 3-4 years now
User :   raised cholesterol was in 2002/2003
Doctor :   Six years was very long back time.
User :   perhaps travelling in bus for long journey also could have caused some pain in the neck and back ?
Doctor :   Nerve compression can arise in recent times.
Doctor :   I am not saying anything particular its just that since i am not observing and examining you i cannot comment anything particular.

Doctor :   It may be that journey could have aggravated this problem
Doctor :   You can do hot fomentation for sometime to relieve the pain and numbness.
Doctor :   It can be done 3 to 4 times a day.
User : take hot packs in the back
Doctor :   Yes
User :   which will help me relieve the pain is it?
Doctor :   Yes it will help if it is because of any nerve or muscle compression.

User :   could you pl explain nerve compression in more detail?
Doctor :   Nerve compression is the restriction in the space around a nerve that can occur due to several reasons. Functioning of the nerve is compromised.

Doctor :   Sometimes the local tendons and ligaments present are enlarged and inflammed and cause it.
Doctor :   It is because of the overuse of any particular area or bad posture or doing any work in a particular position for a long time.
User :   ok doctor
Doctor :   Is there anything else you would like to know?

User :   thanks for your suggestion and feedback...will try to use the hot packs for the next couple of days
User :   and see if there is any further need to take some tests
Doctor :   Yeah sure and all the best.

User :   b'cos today i was reading an arcticle on stroke
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and saw that it is associate with numbness and pain
User :   hence thought of checking with you
Doctor :   Thats what i said there are many causes .

User :   are there any good doctors whom i can see in AAAAAAA
User :   i mean for neck pain, back pain etc
Doctor :   But since you do not have any other symptoms i did not corelate with it
Doctor :   I will tell you, plz give me a moment.

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User :   ok doctor
User :   thanks a lot
Doctor :   Anything else you would like to knopw?

User :   so can i use my existing mediclaim with hsbc
User :   to undergo tests
User :   or is it that it will be billed to me
Doctor :   Its not an insurance, only a helpline forum and for any other assistance you can contact customer care for that.
User :   ok..thks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me, bye for now

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