Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

189 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

My right arm hurts and feels heavy, my right index finger and thumb are numb and fall asleep.

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Praveen Tayal

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practicing since :1994

Answered : 11730 Questions

default
Posted on Sun, 17 Jun 2012 in Brain and Spine
Question: My right arm hurts and feels heavy, my right index finger and thumb are numb and feel asleep.
doctor
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 6 hours later
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Feeling of numbness in the arm and fingers seems to be due to a nerve compression most likely related to degenerative changes in the cervical spine.
X-ray of neck in lateral view or MRI will help in the diagnosis.
Treatment includes
1. Use of cervical collar helps in immobilisation and brings relief.
2. Methylcobalamin supplements are recommended for nerve compression symptoms.
3. Cervical isometric exercises are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.
4. You can avoid using a pillow.
As you try these measures, I also encourage you to consult an orthopedician for both evaluation and to avail stronger prescription medications (if over the counter medications are not helpful).
I hope this answers your query effectively.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests ,   ,  
Medical Topics

Recent questions on  Cervical vertebrae

doctor1 MD

Hello Doctor, my son aged 25 yrs had met with a road traffic accident a month ago. He had sustained head (no skull or brain injury) and cervical spine injury (edema in C4 and C5) resulting in quadraparesis with B/B involvement. Spine specialist decided to treat him conservativelly. After treating initially with Solumedrol IV for a week and physiotheraphy he had gained movement in his legs and hands but still his wrist and fingers are extremely weak and working very little. Can any thing be done to improve his recovery faster where in he would be able to return to normalcy faster?

doctor1 MD

I had 4 cortisone injections about 6 weeks ago, 1 in my left shoulder between my spine and shoulder blade 2 in my right shoulder same place as the left and 1 around my cervical spine. They hurt pretty bad and the doctor didn t numb me because he said he wanted to know when it hurt cause he would know he was in the right place. Well about 1 week later I had a knott come up on the side of my neck, the size of a marble kinda like a lymphoid well it is still there it really doesn t hurt unless I push on it but doesn t hurt bad. It that normal and if so how long will it be there?

doctor1 MD

Hello Dr. Herrick my question is from you. My mother has problem in her neck i.e cervical vertebrae Dr said she has cervical problem.she is taking medicine but still she feel very pain in shoulder muscles and even feels Dizzy sometime......so suggest me something that what should b done.

doctor1 MD

dear dr i have being diagoinised with cervical spine shows loss of normal lordosis due to spasm of neck muscles anddisc space reduced at level c5/c6 andlumbar spine also shows loss of normal lordosis due to spasm of back muscles and disc space reduced at level L5/S1 BODY OF L1 SHOW MINIMAL LOSS OF HEIGHT ANTERIORLY. NOW I AM GETTING CENTER AND LOWER PAIN AFTER GETTING WAKE UP IN MORNING PL SUGGEST THE MEDICINE AND EXCERCISE THANKS SURYA GARG.

doctor1 MD

my arms and hands have been numb every morning for about three weeks it's it takes about half an hour to subside. it's mainly in my left arm/hand and there's pain associated with it. it wakes me up multiple times throughout the night. I've tried...

doctor1 MD

I am an 82 year old female. My right arm and hand are tingly and numb and have been for a few days. I have been attributing it to carpel tunnel syndrome because I am on the computer a lot. Some times the discomfort awakes me during the night....

doctor1 MD

My 85 year old mother says that she has been experiencing left arm pain for several weeks. When she first wakes up, it's so bad that she can't use it to assist herself to get up & out of bed. It gets better after using it some. It worsens after a...