Right thumb tingling, forearm and back biceps

by Jim

Am 54 yr old male. Had shoulders hurting before but no tingling. I use to lift lots of weights and have done hard work most my life. About a week before this started I had a sudden shock like feeling go through the palm of my right hand. It felt like a shock; it hurt but went away after a few minutes.

Then about a week later I woke up one morning with a stiff neck. When I tilt my head back it hurt, when I looked to the right and looked up it hurt like it would catch sudden pain at that moment. Then it kind of faded away after a few days.

Well a few days later I was working on my wife's new phone trying to get it all up to date which I ended up having to call the company and ended up working on it four or five hours. Right at last when I was putting the last bit of info on it every time I would hit a letter with my thumb it would tingle. This is how it started. Next day my thumb would tingle off and on then next day thumb tingled also a spot on top of my forearm and the back side of my biceps. No pain in the arm. I noticed if I put my elbows up on the table like I always do it would trigger the tingling. Soon as I got up it would quit. Also I could pull my head down and to the left and it would stop. Raising my hand above my head will help stop it also. As long as I am working am fine but a lot of time soon as I sit down with my elbows on my knees to rest it would start. But if I leaned back it would stop. Sorry so long. Hope you can shed some light. No pain in arms just in neck when turning right and some left also.

One other thing if I get a tennis ball and roll it around on my back. Right in the almost middle of spine a little more than half way up on the left a inch are so and on the right an inch are so when the ball rolls over it wow it's a hurt but a good pain. It kind of shoots a pain up to my neck but it's a good pain that feels great. If that makes any sense. Thanks Jim

Hello Jim,
Yes it all makes a lot of sense. Let's take it one part at a time.

Spurling's sign is pain in the lower neck, and especially if it radiates down the arm, when you turn to the side of pain and look up.

Relief when raising the arm is called the Shoulder Abduction Relief sign.

Pain in the midback, associated with the problems around the biceps is suggestive of a c5 nerve root lesion.

However, pain in the thumb is more likely to be C6.

It's likely that the Upper Limb Tension Test is positive. Find it using the search function at Chiropractic Help.

All in all, what's needed in the first instance is a set of xrays of your lower neck, including obliques, and a thorough examination.

It could be a slipped disc in your neck, but more likely wear and tear in the joints of Luschka or facets. It's treatable, but can be intractable.

Let me know what the pictures show.

Dr B

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Jun 08, 2015
by: Jim

Thank you very much. What u have said is right on with what my Chiropractor has said. Again thank you. A wonderful website you have here.

Pleasure Jim, glad you found it useful.

Dr B

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