How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr Uzair Your Own Question

Dr Uzair
Dr Uzair, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 3743
Experience:  MBBS, FCPS (R) General Surgery. Years of experience in Emergency Medicine.
27273415
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr Uzair is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

all day today my right arm and hands have a numb tingling feeling

Resolved Question:

all day today my right arm and hands have a numb tingling feeling that i cannot shake. I am a 60 year old female with no previous heart problems
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 4 years ago.
Chat Conversation Started
Dr Uzair :

Hi. Welcome to JustAnswer. I shall try my best to assist you while you are corresponding with me.

Dr Uzair :

Is this in the right hand and arm only or on both sides?

Dr Uzair :

Please enter chat and use 'reply' to respond.

Customer :

my right arm and hand only- no other symptoms typical of a womans heart attack

Dr Uzair :

Alright.

Dr Uzair :

Is there any pain in the right arm or hand?

Customer :

no pain

Customer :

becoming more and more numb

Dr Uzair :

Any pain in the back of the neck?

Customer :

no

Customer :

no pain anywhere

Dr Uzair :

Dicolouration of the fingers of the right hand?

Dr Uzair :

Temperature changes, feeling cold to touch?

Customer :

no

Customer :

not cold to touch

Dr Uzair :

Do you have any other medical conditions diagnosed previously? And are you on any medication?

Customer :

take a variety of medications- but nothing new in past year

Dr Uzair :

Can you name the conditions you take the medication for please?

Customer :

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

Customer :

buspirone, xanax, synthoid, benicar

Customer :

taken all for past year -some for much longer

Dr Uzair :

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.

Customer :

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

Dr Uzair :

This seems more consistent with a pinched nerve. Circulatory problems ruled out because you do not have any discolouration or swelling.

Customer :

wouldn't I feel pain with a pinched nerve?

Dr Uzair :

Heart attacks usually present with palpitations, choking pain in the chest, shortness of breath, anxiety.

Customer :

always have anxiety but not the others

Dr Uzair :

Pain in heart attacks is usually referred to the left arm, jaw, between the shoulder blades on the back or in the upper abdomen.

Dr Uzair :

No, it not necessary that you feel pain if a nerve in being compressed or being impinged upon.

Customer :

none of those symptoms but hand is getting increasingly numb & am sure that I am not thinking myself into it getting worse

Customer :

have had pinched nerves over the years- always were painful

Dr Uzair :

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.

Dr Uzair :

Gentle massage with anti inflammatory OTC liquigels is also beneficial.

Customer :

I prefer aspirin and have taken some within last 2 hours for minor headache

Dr Uzair :

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.

Customer :

not an emergency then??

Dr Uzair :

Does not seem to be an emergency with the symptoms you mentioned but let me tell you what to watch out for:

Customer :

fingers may be getting colder but not any change in color

Dr Uzair :

Swelling of the hand, shortness of breath, discoloration of the fingers (blue, white or red), chest pain.

Dr Uzair :

Alright, do you know how to feel pulses?

Customer :

yes

Dr Uzair :

Feel the pulse in your right hand and then in your left hand, are they equal and same pressure with each pulsation?

Dr Uzair :

Feel them on the wrist.

Customer :

it figures...... now I can't find a pulse- though of course I have one-

Dr Uzair :

You can't feel your pulse in your right hand? Can you feel it in the left one?

Customer :

no

Customer :

not either- it's me- not the lack of a pulse in the right arm

Dr Uzair :

Alright.

Customer :

I guess blood pressure machine would not help? I have one of those

Dr Uzair :

Look at the tips of your fingers, notice any change in colour?

Customer :

no

Dr Uzair :

You can check your blood pressure in both of your arms, should be equal.

Customer :

ok- will go get the machine

Dr Uzair :

Of course if some people have unequal blood pressure in both arms but that is there for a long time.

Dr Uzair :

Alright.

Customer :

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

Customer :

he did say my fingers are colder on right numb hand

Dr Uzair :

Both the pulses should be equal, if the right one is light, check the left on.

Customer :

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

Dr Uzair :

Alright.

Customer :

left side is 149/96 and pulse is 74

Customer :

blood pressure normally "normal" with Benicar

Dr Uzair :

Did you take the blood pressure from the arm or the forearm? Above elbow or below elbow?

Customer :

above elbow

Customer :

didn't know you could take it below elbow

Dr Uzair :

Some automated blood pressure apparatuses can be worn on the wrist or below the elbow as well.

Dr Uzair :

Depends on what type of machine you have.

Dr Uzair :

Well the above elbow measures pressures from the brachial artery.

Dr Uzair :

I am more concerned about the smaller arteries below the elbow.

Customer :

typical kind I have always seen doctors use- do they look different?

Customer :

I can try that

Customer :

not on wrist though????

Dr Uzair :

But with circulatory problems, you should have discolouration.

Dr Uzair :

No, its alright.

Dr Uzair :

I wouldn't want you compressing your arteries again and again with the B.P. cuff, it can worsen the condition.

Dr Uzair :

This is what you should do.

Dr Uzair :

If you observe any discolouration (Bluish) on your finger tips.

Dr Uzair :

If there is excruciating pain especially on movement of the fingers.

Customer :

tried BP below elbow on right arm- 153/86 pulse was 74

Dr Uzair :

These are signs of a thromboembolic phenomenon, also known as blood clots.

Dr Uzair :

Alright, this is more likely to be a nerve impingement.

Dr Uzair :

You will need to go and see a doctor for the tests I have mentioned but not in an Emergency room.

Dr Uzair :

If you observe the signs of concerns that I mentioned above then you need to seek urgent medical attention.

Customer :

ok- took left BP below elbow and was 142/78 and pulse 70- mean anything?

Dr Uzair :

Nothing significant. I wouldn't be worried.

Customer :

ok- how do I print this so I can take to my doctor tomorrow?

Dr Uzair :

You can try pressing right click on the text above the box you type in and selecting 'save as'.

Dr Uzair :

Hope this has helped.

Customer :

yes it has

Dr Uzair, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 3743
Experience: MBBS, FCPS (R) General Surgery. Years of experience in Emergency Medicine.
Dr Uzair and 3 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    14679
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2562
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11961
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/commissure/2011-4-15_192514_REISD20080926JR1090.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    10667
    Experienced Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions

Chat Now With A Doctor
Dr Uzair
Dr Uzair
FCPS (R) General Surgery
3515 Satisfied Customers
MBBS, FCPS (R) General Surgery. Years of experience in Emergency Medicine.