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Is this in the right hand and arm only or on both sides?
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my right arm and hand only- no other symptoms typical of a womans heart attack
Is there any pain in the right arm or hand?
becoming more and more numb
Any pain in the back of the neck?
no pain anywhere
Dicolouration of the fingers of the right hand?
Temperature changes, feeling cold to touch?
not cold to touch
Do you have any other medical conditions diagnosed previously? And are you on any medication?
take a variety of medications- but nothing new in past year
Can you name the conditions you take the medication for please?
no other medical conditions beyond mild depression ( on & off all my life) and chronic anxiety- also low thyroid and slightly high blood pressure- medications are for all the above
buspirone, xanax, synthoid, benicar
taken all for past year -some for much longer
Alright. Well, I must add, if medication or a systemic disorder like hypothyroidism were causing your tingling and numbness it would manifest itself in both arms.
also not prone to panicking about medical conditions but feeling like maybe I should go to a hospital- but not if it isn't a potential heart attack- too costly if not a real emergency
This seems more consistent with a pinched nerve. Circulatory problems ruled out because you do not have any discolouration or swelling.
wouldn't I feel pain with a pinched nerve?
Heart attacks usually present with palpitations, choking pain in the chest, shortness of breath, anxiety.
always have anxiety but not the others
Pain in heart attacks is usually referred to the left arm, jaw, between the shoulder blades on the back or in the upper abdomen.
No, it not necessary that you feel pain if a nerve in being compressed or being impinged upon.
none of those symptoms but hand is getting increasingly numb & am sure that I am not thinking myself into it getting worse
have had pinched nerves over the years- always were painful
You should try anti inflammatory medication for now, like Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 600 mg thrice daily, elevate the arm to the level of your heart.
Gentle massage with anti inflammatory OTC liquigels is also beneficial.
I prefer aspirin and have taken some within last 2 hours for minor headache
But I would suggest you get an appointment with your PCP for a physical examination, x rays of the thoracic outlet and cervical spine and nerve conduction studies.
not an emergency then??
Does not seem to be an emergency with the symptoms you mentioned but let me tell you what to watch out for:
fingers may be getting colder but not any change in color
Swelling of the hand, shortness of breath, discoloration of the fingers (blue, white or red), chest pain.
Alright, do you know how to feel pulses?
Feel the pulse in your right hand and then in your left hand, are they equal and same pressure with each pulsation?
Feel them on the wrist.
it figures...... now I can't find a pulse- though of course I have one-
You can't feel your pulse in your right hand? Can you feel it in the left one?
not either- it's me- not the lack of a pulse in the right arm
I guess blood pressure machine would not help? I have one of those
Look at the tips of your fingers, notice any change in colour?
You can check your blood pressure in both of your arms, should be equal.
ok- will go get the machine
Of course if some people have unequal blood pressure in both arms but that is there for a long time.
my husband tried to take my pulse but he said it is very light- he can feel it but not enough to count it (the left wrist- not the right)- will take blood pressure now
he did say my fingers are colder on right numb hand
Both the pulses should be equal, if the right one is light, check the left on.
blood pressue machine takes pulse- I fogot that my blood pressure is high on right side- 163/93 and pulse 75 ( possibly high because I am scared. will try left side now
left side is 149/96 and pulse is 74
blood pressure normally "normal" with Benicar
Did you take the blood pressure from the arm or the forearm? Above elbow or below elbow?
didn't know you could take it below elbow
Some automated blood pressure apparatuses can be worn on the wrist or below the elbow as well.
Depends on what type of machine you have.
Well the above elbow measures pressures from the brachial artery.
I am more concerned about the smaller arteries below the elbow.
typical kind I have always seen doctors use- do they look different?
I can try that
not on wrist though????
But with circulatory problems, you should have discolouration.
No, its alright.
I wouldn't want you compressing your arteries again and again with the B.P. cuff, it can worsen the condition.
This is what you should do.
If you observe any discolouration (Bluish) on your finger tips.
If there is excruciating pain especially on movement of the fingers.
tried BP below elbow on right arm- 153/86 pulse was 74
These are signs of a thromboembolic phenomenon, also known as blood clots.
Alright, this is more likely to be a nerve impingement.
You will need to go and see a doctor for the tests I have mentioned but not in an Emergency room.
If you observe the signs of concerns that I mentioned above then you need to seek urgent medical attention.
ok- took left BP below elbow and was 142/78 and pulse 70- mean anything?
Nothing significant. I wouldn't be worried.
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Hope this has helped.
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