dull ache in arms and hands! TINGLING IN ARMS AND HANDS

by julie


About 6 weeks ago I woke up with a dull ache in my right arm. I thought I'd slept funny! It's not a pain just an horrible ache.

I went to my doctor who told me if its not gone in 2 weeks to come back (no medication) after the 2 weeks it seemed to have gone! Then last week it started again but started also travelling down my arm in to my hand!, then I startd with a pain in my neck.

I did go for massage, he told me thought it was a trapped nerve?. I was in agony that night! I've used deep heat hot water bottle etc. and took pain killers!

After a couple of days it was much better then last night woke up at 4 am with this horrible tingly dull ache feeling again in both arms? but left arm seemed worse. I took diclofenic. I have only had 4 tabs in total up to now. When I got this feeling in the night I felt really sick and had a headache! I'm so worried, but do I need to go to the hospital? Please help!

thanks julie x

I'm a normally healthy 39 year old female?

Hello Julie,
No, you don't need to go to the hospital (though an X-ray would be useful, including the "oblique" views.)

You have a condition known as a "brachial neuralgia", in layman's terms: a pinched nerve in the neck. It's one of the more painful conditions we treat, nights are often bad, and sometimes it can be stubborn to treatment of any sort.

Having said that, normally the condition will be much improved within 2-4 weeks with chiropractic care.

Three classic tests:

* Turn your head to the right, and then look up. Does in hurt in your neck, and does it radiate into the arm?

* Stretch your good arm out to the side, palm forwards, and extend your wrist, remembering the tightness in the lower arm. Now repeat with the naughty arm. Is it much tighter? Painful?

* Does placing your hand on your head RELIEVE the pain?

See an experienced chiropractor. Soon.

I hope this has contributed.

Dr B

PS. Correcting your English was a pain, but seeing you're in such a pain we'll be kind! Don't they teach grammar in M?

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Aug 08, 2012
doc b
by: lenda

grammer may not her strong point....`
manners are not ur strong point.....

u must make a wonderful 'bone cracker' ~*


Hello Julie,
Just wondering how you are doing? You have a difficult condition, but hopefully you have seen a chiropractor and are feeling better.

The bad mannered chiropractor!

May 23, 2011
dull ache in right arm
by: Anonymous

Thankyou i know im silly not going for x ray im just so frightened! ive still got it in my arm the dull ache, and ache in my hand, today, yesterday i had neck ache slightly but definatly today only in my arm, i eat well and i do sleep it just niggles throughout the day like thoothache.. im gong to contact a chiropractor tomorrow xx many thanks for all ur help!!

Let me know how you get on. Take a copy of this correspondence with you. Good luck.

Oh, and exchange your "friend" for another who isn't a prophet of doom! There's a one in a million chance that she's right! 999,999 chance that you have a problem that, neglected, could lead to more serious problems, and is usually routinely treatable.

May 22, 2011
dull ache in arms TINGLING IN ARMS AND HANDS
by: Anonymous


Oh thank you, you have made me feel a little bit easier! but ache in arms seem to have got a bit worse! too scared to go for x ray bcause my friend said it could be heart related or bone cancer, really really worried and not sleeping very well!!

Also dull ache in neck today? as well as arms! Do u think it could be cancer? I'm so scared.

So sorry for bad english, many thanks for your reply.

Well yes, I suppose it could be cancer of the neck. I've seen about a dozen cases I suppose in thirty years. About ONE EVERY THREE YEARS!

Far more likely you have an irritated nerve in the neck causing tingling in your arms and hands - that I see about 4-5 cases EVERY DAY.

Your friend has no right putting the wind up you like that. Neck cancer is EXTREMELY RARE!

Rather than living the rest of your life in terror, go and find out what is the cause of your pain. Face it head on. Denial and fear of the unknown are usually far worse than the underlying problem.

Oh, yes, and I think it was ten years ago I saw a patient with pain in the arm from a heart condition. Only in the left arm, not ARMS.

Start looking for a conscientious chiropractor in your neighbourhood. Ask your doctor, friends and family.

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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

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Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

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He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

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6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. X-rays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65-year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88-year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done. 

10. Mr X is a 71-year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a few months ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38-year old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he could not sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71-year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

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