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What causes recurring cramps in arms and fingers?

hi I was admitted to hospital with uncontrollable cramps with any movement to my arm. I woke up 1 morning with a pinching pain from my neck to the centre of my back, the pain went across my left sholder down to my peck under my arm pit, to my trisep , the upper side of my forearm and numbness in 3 fingers and thumb. I was treated twice over a period of a week from a myo therapist and each day the pain got worse on the 8th day the started and wouldn't stop. the hospital done a mri and have put me on a waiting list to see a specialist. its been a week since iv been out of hospital, but im still getting pain in all the above body parts iv mentioned. do u have any idea what this problem may be as it is something I have never expierenced before and I never did anything phisicle for this to happen, I just woke up with the pain
Asked On : Thu, 6 Feb 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

I have studied your case.
Due to compression of this nerve root there is tingling numbness in your arm and pain associated with facet arthropathy .
I will advise you to MRI cervical spine for better diagnosis.

For these symptoms analgesic and neurotropic medication can be started.
Till time, avoid lifting weights, Sit with support to back. You can consult physiotherapist for help.
Physiotherapy like ultrasound and interferential therapy will give quick relief.
I will advise to check your vit B12 and vit D3 level.

If nerve compression becomes severe later on then surgical decompression will give permanent relief.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care
Answered: Thu, 6 Feb 2014
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General & Family Physician Dr. Kishore Kunal's  Response
As mentioned you had neck pain radiating to arm and forearm and numbness over 1st 4 fingers which suggests of nerve root compression due to some pathology at cervical spine level and can be diagnosed by proper examination and investigations including MRI .
If you revert back to me through MRI report I can tell you more regarding it but right now you need urgent treatment (probably decompression ).

Thanks n regards
Answered: Thu, 6 Feb 2014
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