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I have a cramping in neck left side and soreness I feel like

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I have a cramping in neck left side and soreness I feel like it is coming from artery and I have a heaviness in left harm and my small and finger next to it on left side become numb and sometimes with pins and needles
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello
This is more commonly due to a disc problem in the neck..the cervical spine.

It requires an MRI to see this.

This will confirm if there is nerve compression..
And x ray can not show this accurately.

The artery would not use this unless it cause a stroke.
The stroke might have some of the same symptoms but not the neck pain typically.

So what I would do is this
Have your doctor order an ultrasound of the neck arteries..it will show if they are clear.

See a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor for the neck..he/she can see if there really is nerve damage or not in the office with a conduction study..and give you the correct manual therapies to fix this and avoid possible surgery in the future.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Can you explain this in lay mans terms I mean simplify it I don't full understand your answer
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.
The disc in the neck degenerated.
This presses the nerve and causes your symptoms.

The MRI scan will show this.

The PM&R doctor will test you and fix it with physical therapies.

The ultrasound of the neck will show if you have narrowing of the arteries in the neck.

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