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Compression of a nerve - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   i am experiencing a tingling sensation in my left arm down to my little finger, i am a little worried.
User :   my body just seems a little weaker on th eleft side
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Since when do you have these symptoms ?
User :   since i wok eup this morning
Doctor :   ok, do you have head ache or blurring of vision ?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have nausea or vomiting ?
User :   no
Doctor :   Is the weakness only in the left arm ?
User :   yes and a little in my upper thigh
Doctor :   Do you have numbness in the thigh and difficulty to walk ?
User :   it feels like numbness but i can still walk
Doctor :   ok, need not worry , it could be due to nerve compression caused by faulty positions in deep sleep
Doctor :   it is self limiting and will resolve on its own
Doctor :   may take few hours to one or two days to recover
Doctor :   but will recover with no complications
User :   does this cause the tingling sensations too?
Doctor :   yes, very much the same
User :   ok..i get very anxious
User :   when i feel tinling sensations i automatically think its a stroke
Doctor :   Do not worry , stroke will be accompanied with generalized weakness , palpitation , vomiting , sever headache etc
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do go for stretching exercises for faster recovery ,
Doctor :   the exercise will increase the circulation into the muscle and the nerves and fasten the recovery
User :   stretching makes the tingling worse
Doctor :   I agree , but do not go for a vigorous exercise , just a brisk walk with swaying hands will suffice
User :   ok thank you
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
User :   i should tell you that the pain is also in my shoulder
Doctor :   Kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Ok, the shoulder pain is a reffered pain due to the same
User :   ok so i should not stress out about it
Doctor :   since the nerve being compressed in the left upper limb originates in the shoulder , pain can be expected there too
Doctor :   yes, do not be stressed
Doctor :   stress makes the symptoms worse
User :   ok thank you
Doctor :   just relax , you will witness the recovery
Doctor :   Kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
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