tingling and numbness in right hand and arm

by angie
(lake mary flordia)


Tingling and numbness in right hand and arm started in my elbow 3 weeks ago then went up to the right shoulder blade; it hurts worse at night and I can't seem to make it better by propping my arm up.

It seems to hurt worse, now numbness in right arm and tingling every 15 minutes or so; it wasn't that continuous before; now I notice touching my upper arm is painful.

I don't know who to see; I guess it's not going away, so can you guide me?

Hello Angie,
It depends a bit on your philosophy of health care; do you opt for medication and perhaps surgery of your neck, or chiropractic treatment of your cervical spine?

Either way, an accurate diagnosis is first important. Start to note the following;

1. Do any movements of your neck provoke the pain and tingling in your arm?

2. Precisely where in your arm is the numb feeling.

3. Does placing your hand on your head relieve or increase the tingling? The so called Shoulder Abduction Relief sign.

4. Is there weakness developing in your hand or arm? Which actions are affected?

5. What old injuries have you had to your neck?

6. Is the Upper Limb Tension Test positive? Use the Search function at Chiropractic Help to find it.

An xray of your cervical spine, and preferably an MRI scan too, is necessary. The latter is very expensive.

This is a painful and debilitating condition. If after three weeks it's not improving it's best to seek help.

Dr B

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i thought back and there hasen't been any neck injuries ,about 10 yrs ago they told me arthritis was located in my lower back .i noticed it comes on before about every 6 months for a few day's now i notice it comes once a month for 4 to 5 day's,now in answer to your question it does help to put my arm over head.the feeling i get in my arm is tingling and some numbness throught the day,sleeping with my arm under the pillow i find some relief,also my thumb 1st and 2nd finger feel kinda of numb now,the elbow is still sore the right shoulder blade under the skin hurts deep within,my neck on the right side seems tight and stiff when moving my neeck and head back and forth i her small crackling sounds,yes its been 3 weeks so i feel it's time to get it looked at t first my fear with 2 blockages in my heart was some type of blockage but im not thinking that is the problem i moved 4 months ago and there was alot of lifting and hard work associated in remolding this house but no accidents i remember so i am trying to understsnd your email to me here you feel it is a neck and spine problem? also something strnge it seems when i but slacks in the last 3 yrs one leg is shortner then the other strange so is a mri and xray needed here or go to a chiropractor?

You certainly need at least an xray of your neck, Angie, including oblique views; remember that. If you go to your doctor, insurance will likely pay, but he may pressure you to go the medical route. It's your body, and your choice.

This is certainly neck related, and not a heart problem.

Let me know how you get on; but please from your computer, not the not so smart phone.

Dr B

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i thought back and there hasen't been any neck injuries ,about 10 yrs ago they told me arthritis was located in my lower back .i noticed it comes on before about every 6 months for a few day's now i notice it comes once a month for 4 to 5 day's,now in answer to your question it does help to put my arm over head.the feeling i get in my arm is tingling and some numbness throught the day,sleeping with my arm under the pillow i find some relief,also my thumb 1st and 2nd finger feel kinda of numb now,the elbow is still sore the right shoulder blade under the skin hurts deep within,my neck on the right side seems tight and stiff when moving my neeck and head back and forth i her small crackling sounds,yes its been 3 weeks so i feel it's time to get it looked at t first my fear with 2 blockages in my heart was some type of blockage but im not thinking that is the problem i moved 4 months ago and there was alot of lifting and hard work associated in remolding this house but no accidents i remember so i am trying to understsnd your email to me here you feel it is a neck and spine problem? also something strnge it seems when i but slacks in the last 3 yrs one leg is shortner then the other strange so is a mri and xray needed here or go to a chiroprcter??????

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