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What causes sudden immobility in arm after waking up?

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Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014
Question: I woke up yesterday and could not move my arm for about 2 minutes. It did not feel like I sleep on my arm was not tingling. Did I have a little stroke?
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It is safer to take aspirin

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your details. It is difficult to ascertain the exact cause of transient weakness of arm. However, we should consider mini-stroke as one of the likely diagnosis.

It is safer to start aspirin tablets to prevent stroke.

At the same time, you should undergo an MRI brain and blood tests (for sugar, cholesterol and homocysteine) to evaluate your risk of stroke in future.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
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Brief Answer: It is safer to take aspirin Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query. I have noted your details. It is difficult to ascertain the exact cause of transient weakness of arm. However, we should consider mini-stroke as one of the likely diagnosis. It is safer to start aspirin tablets to prevent stroke. At the same time, you should undergo an MRI brain and blood tests (for sugar, cholesterol and homocysteine) to evaluate your risk of stroke in future. I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information. Wishing you good health, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in