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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes neck spasms and arm tingling?

I have been having very sharp pain/spasms in left side of my neck. It is very severe but only lasts about 10 seconds and goes away. I am also have tingling( pins and needles) in my right arm and at times down the front of my right leg. Does not really feel numb but I thing I am losing strength because I am dropping things a lot and one time I stood up and my right leg lost all strength briefly and I went right to the floor. I am also having headaches mostly in the back of my head. What could this be?
Tue, 8 Mar 2016
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Brief Answer:
Suspected cervical spondylosis and require x-ray neck with medications.

Detailed Answer:
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I have thoroughly reviewed health query you raised, and well realize all of those concerns. Being your physician, I will take care all of them today and will extend my expertise to solve the problems.

It is suspected that you experiencing a condition known as cervical spondylosis which in simple words is arthritis of the neck. This affect the nerves of neck spine (also called cervical spine) causing pain and transient loss of strength.

If I were your treating physician, I would first order an x-ray first. Cervical spondylosis usually shows up on x-ray and with your symptoms, it can show quite degenerative changes of spine.
Following are recommendations for you:

Diclofenac K 50mg two times per day for pain and headache.
Pregabalin 75mg two times per day can be helpful for weakness and numbness. These should be used for 10 days.
•You shall also need physiotherapy which will aid in improving condition.

Hope I addressed all the concerns you have. Let me know if you have further questions. I will be more than happy to clear any doubts. Keep a follow up to see how you doing.

Dr. Ali Raza
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