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Difficulty grasping things from left arm, numbness, feeling of electric shocks, pain in hip, leg and lower back. Shooting pain in left arm and shoulder. Treatment?

Hello, Around 1998 I started having sever pains in my left side from neck to bottom outside of my shoulder . This eventually spread to my left hip and outside back of my leg. Back was fine though. Then the numbness started. My left arm all the way to my fingers would tingle and go numb. Same with my left side down my hip and leg. It finally got to the point where I could cock my hip in a certain way and it would send electric jolts all over my left side along with tingling and numbness. The pain would still be there. If I sat on the edge of a chair, it would immediately cause pain in both arm and leg along with the electric shock and tingling. This lasted until about 2003, driving me to tears constantly. I changed my sitting habits, bought a secretaries chair with swivel back, started watching how I stood, etc and it seemed to lessen and eventually disappeared. (except for some occasional episodes that would last several weeks. Last year I started work in a warehouse (I m 56 and have always been strong). Within 6 months of this heavy labor I started having these problems all over again. I could no longer grasp the boxes, with my left arm losing it s strength along with numbness and the electric shocks. My hip, leg and lower back would just give out. I eventually quit that job because I could no longer perform. Now, after 3 months of not working and hoping to heal, I am having shooting pains down my left shoulder and arm. I again can cock my hip and set my whole left side jerking with the electric shock feeling. I have to keep my head bowed to my chest to relieve the pain in my neck and shoulder.
Asked On : Tue, 19 Jun 2012
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Thanks for writing in.
Given your symptoms, it seems that there is some compression of the nerve roots in or around the spinal cord in the cervical and dorsolumbar spine. This could result from a degenerated disc, a mass or severe muscle spasm as well. It would be impossible to identify the location of the lesion without a physical examination and some investigations. I would suggest you consult a neurologist and a MRI of the cervical and dorsolumbar spine be done to rule out any compressive disorder.
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Answered: Tue, 19 Jun 2012
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