Arm Numbness, Tingling Hands and Fingers

NUMBNESS AND TINGLING IN THE ARM

Numbness means decreased, and tingling  unusual skin sensation. In this article, numbness and tingling in the arm, shoulder, hand or fingers are described. Read about numbness in both arms (hands) AND legs (feet).

Picture 1. Arm dermatomes
(A dermatome is a skin area, innervated by a single spinal nerve)
(Source: Wikimedia)

EVERYDAY CAUSES OF ARM NUMBNESS

Pressure Upon the Arm

Pressure upon the arm nerves or vessels causing numbness, tingling or temporary paralysis of the arm may result from:

  • Sleeping with the hand under the head
  • Sitting with the arm hanging over the back of a chair
  • Wearing straps or carrying a bag or rucksack
  • Inflated cuff during measuring blood pressure

Raising the Arms Above the Level of the Heart

Keeping the hand(s) above the level of the heart during work or sleep can prevent appropriate blood perfusion of the hands, and cause numbness, tingling or partial paralysis of the hand(s) within few minutes.

Cold

In cold weather, narrowing of the arteries in the hands and fingers can prevent appropriate blood supply and thus numbness, tingling, pain or temporary paralysis of the hands and fingers.

DISORDERS OF THE NECK (CERVICAL) SPINE

Cervical Disk Syndrome

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) or injury, like hyper-extension injury in car accidents (head moves rapidly toward the back), can result in bulging or herniated disc(s) pressing upon the cervical (neck) spinal nerves, thus causing symptoms of cervical disc syndrome:

  • Position/movement dependent pain, tingling or numbness in the neck, shoulders, upper back, arm, hand or fingers (when the roots of cervical spinal nerves are compressed)
  • Stumbling gait, difficulty with fine hand moves, tingling in the body or legs (when the cervical spinal cord is compressed)

Symptoms can appear immediately after the injury, or develop slowly over the weeks or months. Diagnosis is made by a CT or MRI of the neck spine. Therapy includes immobilization, cold therapy followed by heat therapy, cervical traction, analgesics, muscle relaxants, physical therapy or surgical decompression of the nerve roots or spinal cord.

Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis is an age-related deformation of the cervical spine; deformed vertebra or discs can press upon the spinal cord or nerve roots in the neck and cause chronic symptoms, like in the cervical disc syndrome (see above).

INJURIES

Disorders of the Brachial Plexus

The brachial plexus is formed by the cervical nerves C5-C8 and thoracic nerve Th1. The plexus extends from the lower part of the neck to the armpit. From brachial plexus all main nerves to the arm (axillary, musculocutaneus, ulnar, radial, and median nerve) arise.

Brachial Plexus Injuries

Most of brachial plexus injuries usually occur in car, motorcycle and sport accidents, during birth, or in bullet or knife injuries. Symptoms and prognosis depend on the nerves involved and extent of an injury: nerve stretching, scar tissue (neuroma), partial or complete nerve rupture or tearing of the nerve from the spinal cord. A limp or paralyzed arm, severe pain and numbness, especially in the neck and shoulders, and weak arterial pulses in the arm are main symptoms.

Some brachial plexus injuries may heal without treatment. Many children who are injured during birth improve or recover by 3 to 4 months of age. Treatment of brachial plexus injuries includes physical therapy and, if necessary, surgery.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet is the space between the collar bone (clavicle), first rib and corresponding ligaments through which nerves and vessels travel from the base of the neck toward the armpit. Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) results from a compression or extension of the subclavian artery or vein, or brachial plexus (nerves), commonly occurring in motorbike accidents, athletes, swimmers, weight lifters, etc. Symptoms include:

  • Muscle wasting at the base of the thumb, numbness, feeling of pins and needles, or pain in the shoulder, armpit, arm or hand (when nerves are compressed)
  • Pale, cool arm with weakened arterial pulse in the arm, numbness and pain (when vessels are compressed)

Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy

Radiation-induced damage of the brachial plexus can follow radiotherapy of the chest, axillary region, thoracic outlet or neck. Symptoms may appear months to years after radiation therapy and include numbness, swelling, weakness or pain in the arm.

Broken Shoulder Blade

Shoulder blade (scapula) is the bone in the upper back that connects the collar bone (clavicle) and arm bone (humerus). Broken shoulder blade, usually from a car or motorbike accident, can result in pain,  swelling, bruising or deformation of the shoulder blade area, and weakness, numbness or tingling in the shoulder or arm.

Broken Arm, Wrist, Hand or Finger

Symptoms of broken arm (the arm bone - humerus, elbow, and bones of the forearm – radius and ulna) include:

  • Severe pain increasing with arm movement
  • Obvious deformity, swelling, tenderness and bruising over the site of bone fracture
  • Stiffness or inability to move your arm, hand or finger
  • Weakness, numbness or tingling in the arm, hand or fingers

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome or Ulnar Neuropathy

The ulnar nerve arises from the brachial plexus in the neck and travels under the collar bone, downside along the inner side of the upper arm, behind the inner part of the elbow (Latin cubitus), where it can be felt as a “funny bone” and then down to the wrist, hand and little and ring finger. Ulnar nerve entrapment usually results from an elbow injury or constant pressure upon the elbow, like in cyclists or typists.  Symptoms, known as cubital tunnel syndrome, include:

  • Pain on the inner side of the elbow or electric shock sensation after touching the elbow
  • The hand, ring and little finger are numb and falling asleep, especially after bending the elbow
  • Limited movements of the ring and little finger (“handlebar palsy” in cyclists)
  • Hand (on the little finger side) sensitivity to cold

Prevention of ulnar nerve entrapment is by avoiding excessive elbow use. Treatment includes special arm exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, and wearing an elbow splint.

DISORDERS OF THE SPINAL CORD AND BRAIN

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of an uncertain cause affecting the nerve tissue of the spinal cord, brainstem or brain. Symptoms can appear suddenly or gradually, “travel” among various body parts and include: numbness or tingling in one or both arms (or any other body part), blurred or double vision or blindness, weak or paralysed limbs, problems with urinating or defecating, difficulty maintaining balance, tiredness, etc. Symptoms can last from few weeks to several months, disappear completely and appear again, and, in general, worsen with time.

Diagnosis is with MRI of the brain and spinal cord, and examination of cerebrospinal fluid obtained by lumbar punction. Apart from treating symptoms, there is no treatment for multiple sclerosis at the time.

ACUTE BRACHIAL NEURITIS

Acute brachial neuritis is a rare, supposedly autoimmune inflammation of brachial plexus, occurring at any age, but primarily in young men. Symptoms include severe pain in the upper arms and shoulders, followed by numbness and weak reflexes; the disorder resolves in few months on its own.

WRIST DISORDERS

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (Latin carpus = wrist) is a painful condition of the wrist, hand and fingers, caused by repetitive use of the wrist, or swelling of the tissues in the wrist, resulting in a pressure upon the median nerve. CTS is a common problem in assembly line workers, computer workers, musicians, mechanics, tennis players, etc. Bone spurs in rheumatoid arthritis, or fluid in hypothyroidism, kidney disease or menopause may also press on the median nerve. Symptoms usually start gradually and include:

  • Tingling or numbness in the  thumb, index, middle and ring finger and related part of the hand
  • Pain in the wrist, palm or forearm
  • Difficulty grasping small objects or gripping
  • Hand pain at night

Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cyst (Greek ganglion = tumor, cyst = fluid filled sac) is a soft lump, usually appearing on the back of the hand in some people between 20-40 years of age. It is a noncancerous fluid filled sack arising from the tendon sheets or capsule of the joint from an unknown reason. Ganglion cysts may not be always seen from the outside. Gymnasts often have them. Symptoms include:

  • A soft lump or lumps of various size (may exceed an inch), on the back of the hand, inner side of the wrist, base of the finger, or on the last finger joint.
  • Pain or numbness in the wrist, hand or finger(s)

DISORDERS OF FINGER ARTERIES

Raynaud’s Disease

Raynaud’s disease is a painful finger condition due to spasms in the finger arteries. Disease may also affect toes or, rarely, nose, ears, lips and nipples. The cause is not known. Symptoms are triggered by cold (even short term cold like taking something from a freezer) or strong emotions, and appear in the following sequence:

  • Fingers (one, more or all in one or both hands) become pale, numb or cold due to lack of blood flow, then bluish due to a lack of oxygen, then red, with throbbing pain and tingling as blood returns to the affected area.
  • Attacks can occur daily, weekly or occasionally and can last from less than a minute to several hours, usually about 15 minutes. Different areas can be affected at different times. Severe, although rare, attacks can result in finger sores or tissue death (gangrene).

Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a term used for the same finger symptoms as in Raynaud’s disease, when the cause is known. Causes include: connective tissue diseases, like scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s syndrome, dermatomyositis, and polymyositis, carpal tunnel syndrome, obstructive arterial disease, anti-hypertensive drugs, ergotamine (used for treating migraine), chemotherapeutic medications, etc.

In workers exposed to vinyl chloride, using vibrating tools, typists and pianists, Raynaud’s phenomenon also commonly occurs.

DIAGNOSIS OF ARM NUMBNESS OR TINGLING

History of arm numbness. Knowing an exact time course of tingling or numbness, and eventual arm weakness, head or legs involvement, history of arm or neck injuries, repetitive elbow or wrist use, reactions to cold, hypothyroidism, diabetes, menopause may give a strong evidence about the cause.

Neurological examination. Testing of sensitivity of a particular arm dermatome can reveal which nerves are involved.

Imaging. X-ray may reveal arthritis in the neck spine, or a broken arm bone. Myelography can reveal herniated disc or narrowed spinal canal. MRI and CT show soft tissues like tumors.

Electromiography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies can show the nature of the nerve damage. Together with imaging they are important to evaluate the extent of brachial plexus injury.

Blood tests can reveal diabetes, abnormalities in serum levels of sugar (diabetes), calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, vitamins B6 or B12, thyroxine (hypothyroidism), sex hormones (menopause).

Cold simulation test can reveal Raynaud’s disease or phenomenon.

TREATMENT OF ARM NUMBNESS OR TINGLING

Firstly, the cause of numbness should be treated if possible.

Non-steroid anti-rheumatic drugs like ibuprofen, or antidepressants, may relieve pain and numbness.

Rest and immobilization of the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or the whole arm is sometimes necessary after an injury, or when joint movements contribute to nerve irritation, like in ulnar nerve entrapment or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Physical therapy may help when bones, articles and muscle tendons are involved. Physiotherapist may show you special exercises for each type of nerve disorder.

Effect of acupuncture, acupressure, TENS (Trans Cutaneous Nerve Stimulation) may be debatable. Certain ointments like capsaicin may temporarily relieve tingling, burning sensations.

PREVENTION OF ARM NUMBNESS OR TINGLING

The following may help to prevent arm and hand numbness:

  • Avoid putting the arm over the chair back to prevent permanent injury of brachial plexus
  • Avoid sleeping with the hand under the head, or with arms on the pillow
  • Avoid using mechanical screwdrivers
  • Do not rest your elbows on the desk for long periods of time, while working with a computer
  • Wear warm gloves at low temperatures

Related Articles:

References:

  1. Brachial plexus  (bartleby.com)
  2. Anatomy of the arm  (frca.co.uk)
About Jan Modric (249 Articles)
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  • Jan Modric

    erika,

    an orthopedist or neurologist can determine if there is any muscle or nerve injury.

  • Jan Modric

    lenzy,

    is the numbness one- or both-sided, and how exactly do vein spasms feel or look? When did your symptoms start?

  • Brad

    Hi Jan,
    I’m 45 male good shape and have few question to ask. For the last few days I have notice my left arm & fingers feeling funny.. Somewhat like a foot falling to sleep, also my neck & chest area feeling like stiff soreness at times..

    When I lift my arm, my neck and chest area on the left side has this feeling of stiff and kind soreness – not all the time.. But sometime..

    I been getting these little like muscle spasm in the left chest area, left arm, left jaw, and last night right side of my back. It kind of jumps for a second then go away.. Like if someone was blowing bubbles..

    I work on the computer 6 to 8 hours a day and I don’t get much sleep at all, on a average 3 to 4 hours a day. Any help would be much appreciated.
    Brad

  • Jan Modric

    Wendy,

    numbness could be caused by a bug, but not likely by hypothyroidism or synthroid, since you say it’s clearly limited to the upper arm. If it doesn’t go away in few days, or it gets worse, visit your doctor. One possibility would be an allergy to certain bugs…

  • Jan Modric

    Brad,

    first, try to have a good sleep, and be sure to get enough food and water.

    If that does not help…pinched nerves from bulging discs or other disorder in your cervical and thoracic spine could cause symptoms in the arm, hand, chest and jaw. An orthopedist or neurologist can give you a diagnosis.

  • fareedoon

    iMy wife is 25 yr old she suffer from right arm, leg numbness and pain now, before that it is numbness only but now pain also added to it . we do EMG they said Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome but she has not symptoms of this syndrome . we do blood test, mineral just she has iron deficiency only, she has long menstrual cycle 9 days. We do x- ray of cervical its normal. Please help us.

  • Jan Modric

    fareedoon,

    thoracic outlet syndrome does not explain symptoms in the leg…Are all her symptoms on the right side? Does she have any symptoms in the trunk (chest, abdomen)? If it’s only the arm and leg, symptoms can be due to a disorder in the cervical and lumbar spine (like pinched nerves de to bulging discs or spinal arthritis). Normal X-ray does not completely exclude cervical spine disorder…Disorder in the lumbar spine could be confirmed by CT or MRI…Arm symptoms could still be caused by thoracic outlet syndrome, though.

  • bruce

    my girlfriend has been experiencing temporary numbness in her left arm/hands. She has also been mentioning brief spells of dizziness as well, do you think the two are connected, as she just started having this problem for a little over a week and a half now.. Any recommendations on who to talk to?

  • Allyson Pascua

    hi can i ask.. my father’s hand always feel pain and numbness when in upright position like when he is eating.. he needs to put it down just to ease the pain.. he works at the market and chops meat until noon.. what it could be??

  • Amy

    Hi. I am a 30 year old female. I am a smoker. Last week I started having a weakness/hand and toe clenching in my left arm and left leg. This only happens within a few minutes of me standing up from a sitting postion. It does not happen at all when standing or walking. Also my period is very late with a negative pregnancy test. Not sure if this is related or not.

  • mother

    what can i do about my lefy for=arm tingly feeling and numbness in the arm pls help me

  • Jan Modric

    bruce,

    yes it can be connected. I recommend she visits a neurologist.

  • Jan Modric

    Allyson Pascua,

    it can be carpal tunnely syndrome, but his doctor can give him an erxact diagnosis. In case of CPS he would need to rest the arms/hands, and maybe a doctor will prescribe some antiinflammatory drugs..

  • Jan Modric

    Amy,

    It could be related and it could be a gynecological problem.

  • Jan Modric

    mother,

    you can visit a neurologist to get a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

  • Mechelle

    My husband is 45 with no health problems. We have been married for a year and over the past 6 months, he has started to intermittantly (and increasingly) have severe “pins and needles” feelings and tingling in both arms and hands just before and during orgasm. It is stronger in his left arm usually, but affects both. His hands and fingers tighten. He says he feels it building in his shoulders and when it gets to about his elbows, it feels like the ends of his arms and hands are going to “blow off”. It is strong enough to be painful at the same time it “feels great”. This is the only time he experiences any tingling or numbness. It doesn’t matter what position he is in. It seems like this is just the sudden change in blood pressure, adrenaline, etc., but he’s never done this in his life. Should we be worried?

  • Jan Modric

    Mechelle,

    it sound to me that vessels in his arms and autonomic nerves that innervate these vessels are involved (something like Raynaud’s syndrome…). A neurologist may have an explanation. It would be good to know what’s happening to avoid constant worries.

  • Mechelle

    Thank you!

  • nameiabby

    Feb 2009,I noticed my right lower leg was numb.March 2010 my right arm from my shoulder to my fingers suddenly went tingly like a pins and needles feeling is how I describe it.It goes tingly numerous times throughout the day as does my leg at the same time .My fingers are also affected when the tingling starts up,especially my thumb goes numb,but has a tingly cold sensation.My left middle finger is also affected with the same feeling,but not my arm.My right side is only affected.I’m not in pain,it’s just bothersome as it happens at anytime.This has been going on everyday.

  • Jan Modric

    nameiabby,

    this sounds like a neurological problem that could be caused by a spinal or brain disorder, or a local disorder in the wrists and the knee, for example. I recommend you to visit a neurologist.

  • annie

    Lately, my right hand has been tingling for no reason that I can figure out. Over a month ago, I had what I thought was a bug bite on one finger on my right hand, with swelling and itching in other fingers. Over several days, the small blisters I started with grew, looking more like a poison ivy reaction for a couple of days, but then the blisters grew larger until they merged into one large blister. The affected area itched and was tender. The blister eventually went down and the itching went away, but my hand is still red everywhere it was affected and tingles at random times throughout the day. Any ideas what is going on?

  • Jan Modric

    annie,

    it sounds like a local inflammation or infection. A dermatologist may give you a diagnosis.

  • pskeim

    I am a 42 year old woman in good health. 21 daygs ago I noticed numbness/tingling/pain in my left arm and hand. My thumb and forefinger are numb but next 3 fingers fine. Web between thumb and forefinger numb. Outer part of my forearm numb from wrist to elbow, inner part ok. Upper arm numb on outer part from shoulder to elbow, inner ok. Underarm is completely numb as well as upper portion of left breast. Had a cervical MRI that was normal plus an EMG that was normal. Now the doc has order an MRI of the brain plus left brachial plexus. I did not injure myself, this just came on suddenly. Also, for past 4 days, top of left foot numb and tingling affecting first 3 toes. Should I be thinking MS?

  • Jan Modric

    pskeim,

    did symptoms appear during exercising or carrying something, and was it a sudden onset (like an event)? Does the doctor know for this new foot symptoms? Are foot symptoms affected by body position (sleeping, walking…) or is it constant tingling? It is an MRI of the brain that can confirm/exclude multiple sclerosis – I can’t say how probable is it, but the onset is usually more vague and symptoms may fluctuate slowly with time, but not likely with body position…

  • Bev

    Hi,
    I am a 44 year old woman who has spent most of her life working on computers. I’m also in the early stages of menopaus. Over the last, probably 5 year, I’ve noticed that generally after a weekend of hard, manual work (work that has put some strain on the shoulder blades & neck area) – that the next few days I experience numbness in my fingers, usually occuring during the night. I also have an odd time, even when I haven’t done any manual work that I get this numbness but usually not as bad.
    Should I look into this? thanks

  • Jan Modric

    Bev,

    common causes of finger numbness in computer workers are a carpal tunnel syndrome (overuse of the wrists) and bulging/herniated disc in the cervical spine. A Rest from wrist use and prolonged sitting could help.

  • H20Fitnez

    I had a ring on my finger that was very tight and after trying to get it off had to cut it off. Now I have tingling in my hand and forearm. What should I do?

  • Jan Modric

    H20Fitnez,

    you can wait for some days to see if tingling will lessen. If not, you may visit a neurologist.

  • jimmers

    To start with i had i guess was a kidney infection or kidney stones ,although i never felt like i passed one. It was a cycling pain on my lower left back around to my front lower left side , the pain seem to move around it only lasted about 2 days a nd went away as quickly as it came. Then a couple of days later {dont know if its related}i have a pain on my right shoulder towards the bottom of the joint , through my triceptto the outer part of my elbo and to my fore armthe outer and center to my index finger only. the pain comes and goes . But the index finger tingles all the time especially on the tip. im 46 in good health male 5″7 173 lbs Also had a blood test 2 weeks before all this startedit said my triglcerides was 189mg/dl ,total bilirubin 1.3mg/dl ,and adult creatinine 323.6 mg/dl were all said to be to high … i have no insurance so its costly to me .. should i let time take care of it or would recommenda doctor visit …thanks !

  • Jan Modric

    jimmers,

    arm pain as you’ve described it often arises from a pinched nerve(s) due to a bulging/herniated disc in the cervical spine. An orthopedist or neurologist can decide which investigation to use – usually this is a CT or MRI of the cervical spine. An experienced physiotherapist may recommend some exercises that could relieve the pain. Some of your test results could mean you have a kidney or other disorder, so I recommend you to ask the doctor for the explanation and eventual exact diagnose he/she has made and how serious it is.

  • myeyez007

    I am a 32 year old female. I woke up one morning and all 5 fingers on my right hand felt like it was asleep. After 4 hours, it was still there. Then after the 2nd day, my entire palm was numb and felt a little tingly. Then on the 3rd day, I could feel a little bit of my forearm go somewhat numb. It has been 5 days now and most of the numbness has gone away except my thumb and part of my pointer finger. What can this be? I have been advised to go the ER but not sure if this is something that is life threatening. Thanks!!!

  • Jan Modric

    myeyez007,

    can you recall having any hard exercise or injury the day before the symptoms appeared? I want to say, these symptoms may arise from wrist overuse or a pinched nerve in the cervical spine. I can’t exclude any brain disorder like a small stroke or multiple sclerosis, though.

  • Loma

    Numbness and tingling sensation? If it is in your hand it could have something to do with carpal tunnel.

  • 10USNUT

    I woke up from a nap with my right arm totally numb. I was sleeping on my left side. I occassionally get numbness in either arm at night, but this was more severe than normal, and on the arm that was not under me. I checked my BP, which was 130/85 on both arms, but that was after numbness had disappeared. Any thoughts? I do use my PC a lot, but I keep my right arm resting on my desk to minimize pressure on my arm and wrist.

    Thanks

  • Jan Modric

    10USNUT,

    the arm may get numb if it rests above the level of the heart. FRom one event it’s hard to say if there is any disorder behind, but if this will repeat, the problem could be a pinched nerve in the cevical spine.

  • manuel928

    Hi I’m a 20 year old male at 6 foot tall weighing 172 been lifting weights for about 2 years now…for the past few months I’ve been experiencing a very annoying feeling on my left arm, leg and left chest and arm pit. My arm and leg will get really numb stiff and feel like its one whole muscle that cannot b stretched out if that makes any sense…I took a month off to see if I would heal but didn’t get better…when lifting a dumble I also feel a tingleing sensation on my inner forearm. Also on my outter forearm it is constantly bothering me and always staing in a bent angle…can anyone help out on suggestions…thanks

  • Jan Modric

    manuel928,

    I suggest you to visit an orthopedist or neurologist, who can gove you the exact diagnosis. It could be a pinched nerve in the cervical spine due to a bulging disc, or a nerve or muscle injury.

  • Carlos Roberto

    Quando acordo de manha sinto meus braços e dedos e (etc)começarem a duer. Oque eu faço para isso nao acontecer mais?. Nao suporto mais essas dores e formigamento .Me encomodam muito d+

  • Jan Modric

    Carlos Roberto,

    Your symptoms may arise from a pinched nerve in the cervical spine or a disorder in your elbows or wrists. I recommend you to visit a neurologist or orthopedist.

    In Portugese: Seus sintomas podem surgir a partir de um nervo pinçado da coluna cervical ou uma desordem na sua cotovelos ou pulsos. Eu recomendo que você visite um neurologista ou ortopedista.

  • manuel928

    Hopefully its nothing serious…how about a chiropractor would that do me any good?

  • Jan Modric

    manuel928,

    “chiropractor” may be a wide term…I personally would not likely visit a chiropractor without full medical education and some known success in treatment.

  • Sereen

    Hi, i usually sleep in restless way. I grind my teeth and i stick both knees together that i they hurt when i wake up. 2ndly, i’ve been facing a situation where my pinky finger goes numb and my whole arm feels stuck all the way up, what would be the reason…

  • Jan Modric

    Sereen,

    Numbness in a pinky finger and the arm fallen asleep are probably due to your arms position during sleeping, for example elbows bending. By grinding you may severely damage your teeth, so I recommend you to ask a doctor about how to solve this.

  • Terry

    My girlfriend called me from work, her fingers and whole left hand has been tingling going up to her elbow for over an hour. This is the second time in awhile this has happened.She gets a lot of headaches, to the point where she gets sick,stays in bed for the whole day and doesn’t move. No injuries to her neck or arm and no repetitive movements involved. Hard to get her to do anything about it. Any home remedies to test and narrow down what it could be? Thanks

  • Jan Modric

    Terry,

    I strongly recommend you to convince her to visit a neurologist. Maybe there is something in her elbow what presses upon the nerve that innervates a part of the forearm, and a headache could be from some unrelated cause, but a disorder in the brain or cervical spinal cord, like multiple sclerosis or brain tumor is also possible. I didn’t want to scare you, but an early treatment of severe neurological problems may result in much better outcome that late treatment.

  • John

    Hi Jan,
    Impressive amount of work here – thanks.
    I did some rather strenuous physical labor over the past week (have an office job, so this is not my day to day). After the 5th or 6th day of work on this project, I started noticing dull pain and tingling/numbness in my left arm/hand mostly at night that would wake me from sleeping. It does recede when I change positions, or when I apply pressure to my arm in certain places, almost like I feel a rush of blood running back through my arm. What would this be? Thanks.

  • Jan Modric

    John,

    a bulging/herniated disc in the cervical spine is possible, if abnormal sensations occur in the entire arm/hand. If only the arm below the elbow is affected, it could be from an elbow injury or overuse.

  • brittanyb

    About 1 1/2 months ago I think I got a bruise under my nail hitting it on something and 2 weeks ago it turned into an infection with white cloudy puss under the pinky nail. I tried the paper clip burning through technique.. didn’t work. My nail came 90% off now and the puss finally leaked out. Above the nail its red and really puffy. My fingers and arm are now starting to have shooting pains and numb/tingly feeling probably from this infection. I don’t have insurance and can’t afford to go into a walk in. Is there anything I can do? I put clindamycin on it from a previous infection prescribed by the Dr. Today the tingly started and I’m really starting to worry. Help!

  • Jan Modric

    brittanyb,

    I strongly recommend you to go to emergency room as soon as possible. You obviously have an infected finger and this should be treated by appropriate antibiotics (not just any random antibiotic would help). Such an infection can be life threatening.

  • adriana

    Having been diagnosed with Costochondritis 7 years ago, about a month ago had a recurring bout. It’s been a month now after taking apo-naproxen 500mg. and the pain has gone from the central chest to left side of the chest and back, shoulder, neck and left arm. Very painful on the arms and cannot raise arm without getting a spasmic pain. Three docs have diagnosed this condition, but I wonder if the progression of it is more than Costo. Thanks in advance for your help.