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    Really Freaking Out........

    Ok, now I am really freaking out.................. my left arm and hand are tingling like it is asleep. WHY IS MY BODY DOING THIS TO ME??????????

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    Sometimes if I lean on my desk with my elbows too much while reading, I'll have my arms fall asleep. Too much mouse use can do it too or sleeping with my shoulder underneath my body for too long.

    Could that be it or do you feel it's something more serious involved with your spinal cord?

    If you stretch out your hands/arms and the feeling goes away, we'll have our answer.
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    could of pinched a nerve in your shoulder,. last time i screwed my shoulder up i pinched that nerve in the back of it ,my arm and hand lost alot of feeling from it. never came back
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcsimpsons
    Ok, now I am really freaking out.................. my left arm and hand are tingling like it is asleep. WHY IS MY BODY DOING THIS TO ME??????????

    Becky,
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    Hi Becky ... I am struggling with the same symptoms in my left arm. This problem has been going on for the last 2 weeks.

    The last time, this issue for me was my ulnar nerve which was inflamed at my elbow and causing the tingling. Now I think it is my shoulder blade from poor body positioning at the computer and the connection between some nerves and my arm. It is a weird sensation. (Oh my gawd ... I am beginning to sound like Adi!) Of course I am just like most guys I won't go get this looked at because I am male.

    What happened at the emerg and the hospital on Monday morning re other posts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer
    Sometimes if I lean on my desk with my elbows too much while reading, I'll have my arms fall asleep. Too much mouse use can do it too or sleeping with my shoulder underneath my body for too long.

    Could that be it or do you feel it's something more serious involved with your spinal cord?

    If you stretch out your hands/arms and the feeling goes away, we'll have our answer.
    Lynnifer ... when I stretch out my arms above my head the tingling stops.

    How would stretching give me a hint as per your last line?

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    Hello Becky,

    While its hard to say for sure, it sounds like you are experiencing possibly ulnar neuropathy, due to repeated pressure on the nerve that can cause numbness and tingling.
    What lynnifer is probably referring to is that if you release the pressure on this nerve, the sensations should go away. I've had patients who got some relief by minimizing pressure and wearing elbow pads.

    This neuropathy has different sources base on the affected nerve.
    You can google this or here is a source that is quite comprehensive for ulnar neuropathy.
    Often an EMG is ordered to diagnose this problem.
    Becky, I would recommend you seeing a good neurologist who can diagnose and work with you on this problem. You don't deserve to be freaking out. This is a problem in both able bodies and SCI folks alike, but for SCI is mainly due to the pressure on elbows from positioning and wheelchairs.
    http://www.emedicine.com/neuro/topic387.htm

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    Thanks AAD and all,
    I made an appointment with my neurologist.

    William,
    I had an MRI done through the ER and have two bulging discs at T1 and T2 along with cervical stenosis.

    I did get thinking that the whole arm thing could be from that. I am still keeping the appt at the neuro though.

    Thanks so much everyone!!!

    Becky,
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    Yes, these 2 things could be related if you have cervical stenosis but you should still check it out and get your questions answered.

    AAD

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