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What Causes Tingling Sensation In The Arms?

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Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Question: I have tingling in my left hand and arm...What could it be?

It usually happens around 4 or 5 AM...
XXXXXXX McCarthy
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Answered by Dr. Mahaveer Patil (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
cervical spondylosis / neuropathy

Detailed Answer:
Hi Mr XXXXXXX

Thank you for posting the question.
I have gone through your medical history in detail.

I generally see many cases like this at my clinic.I give them rest,analgesics,anti-inflammatory tablets and ice pack till the symptoms reduce to some extent. Then i get an xray and if necessary an MRI done to find out the exact reason for these symptoms.

In your case,there are 3 possibilities-

POSSIBILITY 1. SOFT TISSUE INFLAMMATION- There may be no bony involvement,only the soft tissues around the arm and hand might be inflammed that may be causing the tingling sensations.Usually carpal tunnel syndrome may present with these symptoms.

POSSIBILITY 2. NEUROPATHY- There may be a partial or complete inflammation of the nerves in the arm that may be the root cause of such kind of tingling.

POSSIBILITY 3. DISC PROLAPSE-There may be a compressed a nerve in the spine that might be causing tingling in those regions.Possibility of a disc prolapse or cervical spondylosis should be kept in mind.

I suggest you get an Xray as well as an MRI done to find out the exact cause.

Physiotherapy,rest,methylcobalamin and folic acid tablets should help till then.

Avoid using pillow below your head while sleeping.

Do get back to me after your reports are ready.

I hope the answer was useful.

Feel free to ask me any follow up queries that you may have.

Thank you.
Best wishes.

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Dr. Mahaveer Patil

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What Causes Tingling Sensation In The Arms?

Brief Answer: cervical spondylosis / neuropathy Detailed Answer: Hi Mr XXXXXXX Thank you for posting the question. I have gone through your medical history in detail. I generally see many cases like this at my clinic.I give them rest,analgesics,anti-inflammatory tablets and ice pack till the symptoms reduce to some extent. Then i get an xray and if necessary an MRI done to find out the exact reason for these symptoms. In your case,there are 3 possibilities- POSSIBILITY 1. SOFT TISSUE INFLAMMATION- There may be no bony involvement,only the soft tissues around the arm and hand might be inflammed that may be causing the tingling sensations.Usually carpal tunnel syndrome may present with these symptoms. POSSIBILITY 2. NEUROPATHY- There may be a partial or complete inflammation of the nerves in the arm that may be the root cause of such kind of tingling. POSSIBILITY 3. DISC PROLAPSE-There may be a compressed a nerve in the spine that might be causing tingling in those regions.Possibility of a disc prolapse or cervical spondylosis should be kept in mind. I suggest you get an Xray as well as an MRI done to find out the exact cause. Physiotherapy,rest,methylcobalamin and folic acid tablets should help till then. Avoid using pillow below your head while sleeping. Do get back to me after your reports are ready. I hope the answer was useful. Feel free to ask me any follow up queries that you may have. Thank you. Best wishes.