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I'm 36 years old and I just got back from a bachelor party

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I'm 36 years old and I just got back from a bachelor party to Lake Tahoe (alcohol consumption). On the plane ride home I woke up with a very numb left hand (almost no feeling). I massaged my hand a bit and gradually feeling came back. I got home very late at night. This morning when I woke up (and still now), I'm experiencing numbness and a bit of tingling in my left hand and underside of my left upper arm. I'm wondering if this is a pinched nerve (radial nerve?) or if I need to get checked out for a stroke or heart issue.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,

I understand your concerns.

During flight ride, you may have kept your arm in such a way causing pressure on the brachial plexus located around the arm pit region.

This an result in numbness, tingling and also brief period of weakness of hand.

The return of symptoms over time expected and so far this is not concerning.

Heart and stroke related symptoms will not subside so fast, uncommon at your age group and usually accompanied by other symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath etc.

You should also discuss with your doctor.

Do not worry, your symptoms should disappear completely in next 2-3 days.

Best wishes,
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