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Pain Management

Arm Pain and Numbness

01/04/2008

Question:

For about a month now my left arm has been falling asleep and the pain is getting worse, it happens when I am driving or sitting down in a chair watching TV, the worst is waking up in the middle of the night to severe numbness and tingling in my arm and fingers, when I wake up in the morning my fingers feel like they are very swollen and I can't bend them, the pain gets worse every day, it is even going up into the left side of my shoulder, any ideas what is causing this?

Answer:

The pathology may be in the cervical spine. You need to contact you primary care physician immediately. You may need to have a cervical MRI and upper extremity EMG.

 

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Response by:

Hammam  Akbik, MD, FIPP Hammam Akbik, MD, FIPP
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati