What is the cause for having weakness in upper arms and elbow?
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Having weakness in both upper arms above the elbow. This has happened before too. Feels weird to lift my arms up. Ive had a headache for two days and dizziness for 6 months. Worse in the last 3 days due to the flu. I have doctors investigating over 20 brain lesions and see my GP tommorrow. What can i ask him to check me for? Throat was very sore a few days ago and closed up on one side. Then bad stomach pain and nausea and sweats and room spinning. Very tired. Feeling better except extreme arm weakness that started right after my bath. 40 yr old female
Posted Tue, 14 Jan 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Sudhir 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Hello Detailed Answer: You can ask him to check for power in all limbs. Also discuss if mri brain and spine is needed to evaluate this weakness in upper limb.your doctor will also have to consider possibility of peripheral neuropathy which might need nerve conduction study. Sometimes flu affecting spinal cord can affect limbs. Ideal approach would be to see neurologist. Hope this helps. Please ask if there are doubts. Regards
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir 5 minutes later
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Would that. Be temp or perm?
Answered by Dr. Sudhir 6 minutes later
Brief Answer: Hello Detailed Answer: Most patients recover . But first underlying cause should be determined.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir 2 days later
Brief Answer: Sorry for delay in reply Detailed Answer: MRI report doesn't reveal any evidence of MS.I guess you should get Vitamin 12 levels checked. Particularly in view of symptoms and also there is low iron so nutritional deficiency of B12 needs to be ruled out. Vit 12 can present with such symptoms.Ask your neurologist whether this possibility was ruled out. Regards.
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I did get B12 tested. Its normal but borderline. What level does B12 start causing symptoms and is it safe to get B12 shots even if im not under 200? My neuro wants to do a lumber puncture also. Im so confused.
Answered by Dr. Sudhir 4 minutes later
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Yes nerve conduction study and EEG done. Completely normal other than some reflex lost in one foot. I also have chronic uveitis in the middle to back of my eye that i take eye drops for. Left eye. No cause to be found. I have grade two sacriolitis in my lower back but i think thats because i popped out my right side giving birth. I know this cuz i felt it. Like my back broke. Then my feet hurt a month later. Not now though. Attached is some blood work b12 there. Iron studies i dont have copy. Binding high, rdw high, mch low, hemo low iron stores 8, and thats all i remember.
Answered by Dr. Sudhir 4 hours later
Brief Answer: Hello Detailed Answer: With all those details I would like to make one suggestion to see a rheumatologist. Two things which make me think of this is unexplained uveitis and sacroilitis. Both these things are more common with autoimmune diseases. If doctor could trace and fit your neural symptoms along with these issues into one cause , a better treatment can be planned.