Left Arm Nerve Pain/Numbness
I have had left arm nerve pain for the past month. I was given a steroid pack to take, but it didn't help. Had a regular x-ray on my neck, which only showed some mild degenerative arthritis. It did start with hurting when turning my neck to the left. Yesterday I had a C.A.T. Scan, and I am waiting to see how that turns out. I have severe tingling down my arm, and even vibrations at times. My finger is numb. Last couple of days I feel so weak.
Have any of you experienced this or have any ideas?
I do have lupus, sjogren's, and fibromyalgia.
Burning nerve pain down my arms and numb thumbs was one of my early symptoms, before I was diagnosed with lupus. I had neurosurgeons take MRIs to look for bone protrusions that could be touching a nerve, or for disc issues. They suspect this to be the problem when the pain is only on one side of the body, and sometime physical therapy (massage, ultrasound, strengthening exercises) can help. Needless to say, that treatment didn't help me.
The physical therapists did notice a lot of tight muscles in my neck and chest, and I have a feeling that loosening these muscles could help these symptoms. Myofascial stretching do help me somewhat. At one time my pain management specialist considered giving myofascial injections to relax my neck muscles.
It's been a bit since I posted, but I have been going to physical therapy 3x's per week, and so tired. I did get the results of the Cat Scan, and it didn't show up anything major either. I was diagnosed by the physical therapist. He said I had disks problems between the C5 and C6 I think. The nerves are getting pressed in on. I do feel a bit better since beginning therapy. I hope it continues.
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Its good that the treatment is helping. If in the future you get a doctor that recommends surgery to fuze C5/C6, do get a second opinion. My first doctor recommended that for me, and three other doctors afterward said that I didn't need surgery. If surgery is indeed needed, there are several ways of doing this surgery (from the front of the neck, from the back of the neck), and its worthwhile to talk to a few doctors to see what they recommend. Don't feel like getting a second opinion is a waste of time- surgeries can cause new troubles with your neck if you're unfortunate.
Originally Posted by Elaine1