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What causes left arm numbness with anxiety?

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Posted on Wed, 18 Jun 2014
Question: Hello, I'm suffering from my left arm numbness and this suddenly happened during my meeting with my manager today. He gave me a memo and the memo says the possible termination of my employment based on some content i do not agree. This caused me a high level of anxiety and i got my left arm numbness during the meeting, it happened about 4pm today and still i'm suffering from left arm numbness as of now, 9:34pm. I'd appreciate if i get immediate help, since the symptom continues more than 5 hours now. i'm using my work laptop to ask this help since this numbness suddenly came to me during the meeting at work. I didn't experience any numbness before.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (19 minutes later)
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Hello,
Thanks for your query.

What you are experiencing is called 'Radiculopathy'. It basically suggests entrapment of a nerve root in your cervical spine in its origin or course. This is the cause of your left arm numbness. It is somehow not so uncommon now in younger population and we like to call it industrial neck pain, since its prediliction towards people working in computer related industry.

It can be caused by lifting weights, episodes of over-exertion during work, long hours on computer, inappropriate posture while sleeping or sitting, lack of proper nutrition-exercises-rest-recreation or any other relevant past medical history.

If it has been persistent or even increasing since few days, you need to visit your orthopaedician. Depending upon the clinical findings they might ask you to get an MRI done, which shall help establish a diagnosis and in turn allow one to formulate a treatment plan.

Let me assure you that this is temporary and self limiting illness that usually the treatment goes in following lines: rest, lifestyle modifications (namely- avoiding pillow while sleeping, following a healthy diet plan, maintaining suitable posture while working on computer/driving, avoiding any activity that strikes neck discomfort), medications (that your physician prescribes) and most important physiotherapy ( in form of neck exercises, cervical traction if required along with local ultrasonics).

In case the pain is not adequately relieved with the present treatment then you may need oral muscle relaxants and methylcobalamnin supplements for proper relief.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

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What causes left arm numbness with anxiety?

Brief Answer: Description below. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your query. What you are experiencing is called 'Radiculopathy'. It basically suggests entrapment of a nerve root in your cervical spine in its origin or course. This is the cause of your left arm numbness. It is somehow not so uncommon now in younger population and we like to call it industrial neck pain, since its prediliction towards people working in computer related industry. It can be caused by lifting weights, episodes of over-exertion during work, long hours on computer, inappropriate posture while sleeping or sitting, lack of proper nutrition-exercises-rest-recreation or any other relevant past medical history. If it has been persistent or even increasing since few days, you need to visit your orthopaedician. Depending upon the clinical findings they might ask you to get an MRI done, which shall help establish a diagnosis and in turn allow one to formulate a treatment plan. Let me assure you that this is temporary and self limiting illness that usually the treatment goes in following lines: rest, lifestyle modifications (namely- avoiding pillow while sleeping, following a healthy diet plan, maintaining suitable posture while working on computer/driving, avoiding any activity that strikes neck discomfort), medications (that your physician prescribes) and most important physiotherapy ( in form of neck exercises, cervical traction if required along with local ultrasonics). In case the pain is not adequately relieved with the present treatment then you may need oral muscle relaxants and methylcobalamnin supplements for proper relief. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care