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    Some numbness occurs on my left arm when I sit

    Hi errrbody,

    I started sleeping on my left side more and after one night it all started where sometimes if I'm sitting on my chair my left arm/shoulder seems some what numb.

    The numbness feeling though goes away if I stand up and move my arm around.

    Also I noticed at the gym it seems my left arm isn't as strong as my right which is something more noticable than I've seen lately.

    Could it be something crazy like my neck fusion is shifting or isn't that poisble with a c6-t1 fusion?
    Last edited by mr_coffee; 05-27-2012 at 06:48 AM.
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    It could be a lot of things, so before I even start to speculate, I would recommend that you go and see your SCI Doc. Try to keep track of what makes the feeling worse or better.

    I doubt your fusion is slipping, but it has happened. Highly doubtful with how long it has been.
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    I've kind of broken connection with my SCI doc as she SUCKS HCORE. Thanks for the info though!
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    It could also be that you are pushing on a nerve in your arm from the way you are sleeping.

    Can you get to San Francisco?

    Gary Abrams MD at UCSF in Neurology. He is a rehab neurologist - a good choice if you don't have a decent physiatrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlh View Post
    It could also be that you are pushing on a nerve in your arm from the way you are sleeping.
    That is my thought, as well. You might have developed osteophytes at the site of your fusion and/or elsewhere in the cervical spine that press on key nerves when you sleep (or compress them from below when sitting). I hope you can get in to see the doc recommended by hlh, a good rehab neurologist would probably be a big help in terms of both diagnosis and treatment.

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