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i keep getting pins and needles in my left arm

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i keep getting pins and needles in my left arm
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.


How long and how frequently are you having these symptoms?

In which part of the arm?

Do you take any medicine?

Did you have any test recently?

Do you have any other symptom, chest discomfort, pain or previous illness, heart disease?

Thank you.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
it started amonth ago idont take any medicine and had no test dont go to doctor
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for the information,

The pins & needle sensation are related to nerve impulse as you are engaged heavy lifting and using your arms more.

It can be due to pinching of a nerve or its root, probably in the spine.

Shoulder impingement or rotator cuff issues can be there.

Heart disease can produce such feeling in the left arm without any chest pain in some cases.

Though you do not have any history of heart disease, still it can be a possibility.

An EKG can rule out heart cause.

Treatment of pinched nerve consists of rest to the part.

Physical therapy can be helpful like stretching of the muscles to release pressure on the nerve.

You can consult a physiatrist.

Medications include analgesics & antiinflammatory drugs like aleve or motrin.

If otc medications do not help then you need to consult doctor for prescription grade medications.

Both cold or heat application can be beneficial.

You can try either to check which one give good relief.

Imaging studies may be required to see the condition of the spine.

If the pain persists, consultation with doctor will be beneficial to assess the exact condition.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.


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