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Transient ischemia causing numbness in the arm while exercising - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My arm has gone numb the last two days when I have been on the eliptical trainer for more then 10 minutes. This has never happened before but only seems to happen when my arm is elevated for a little while, it starts to go numb and feel heavy. I am only 20 years old, what could this be?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Since when are you experiencing the problem?
User :   Yesterday it started when I went on the eliptical trainer for about 20 minutes and then I went again to see if it happened again and it did.
Doctor :   So, it was for two times ?
User :   yes once yesterday and once today
Doctor :   did you ever had such problem in the past ?
User :   No I have not
Doctor :   how was it relieved ?
User :   It just went away after a couple minutes once I got off.
Doctor :   Ok,
Doctor :   the problem you explained could probably due to transient ischemia
Doctor :   that is decrease in blood supply
Doctor :   hence i would advise you to perform worm ups before you go on the trainer
User :   Is there any way to test to make sure that is what it is?
Doctor :   i would suggest you to get your BP checked for 4 to 5 readings ,since low BP can also be a possible reasonfor this
User :   Ok. What is the treatment like for this?
Doctor :   There is no specific medical treatment bu a brisk worm up before starting a days work would suffice
Doctor :   if its the problem with BP then you have to be treated for it first
User :   Ok I just wanted to make sure this wasn't seirous, when I called to make an appointment they said to go to the ER because I couldn't get an appoinment until tomorrow, but I didn't think it was serious enough to go to the hospital. Is this probably what it is or could it be more seirous then this?
Doctor :   No, not at all
Doctor :   its not a serious condition until it doesn't get relieved by itself
User :   In most cases does it get relieved by itself?
Doctor :   Yes its a self limiting
Doctor :   it persists only if there is any block in the blood circulation by a clot or other
User :   Is this uncommon for my age?
Doctor :   Not specifically
Doctor :   it can occur at any age
User :   Ok
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help you with
Doctor :   ?
User :   I think thats about it, but why would this randomly occur?
Doctor :   Depends on the work and the position of the arm which could trigger the episode
User :   Its just odd because I use the eliptical almost every day and have never noticed it before yesterday.
Doctor :   Lack of good nutrition can also lead to such problems
Doctor :   Or even lack of good hydration
Doctor :   can be a trigger
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