| | Arms go numb?
Does this sound like a nerve thing, spine thing, or vascular thing?
My arms go numb. It's been going on for a year or two, maybe a little bit before that on and off, but this past year or two for sure.
Especially this past year, earlier in the year, it would be noticable when I drove, either arm up on the steering wheel, within just a few minutes it would go numb. I'd switch arms (because obviously two arms up there means they both go numb so I keep alternating with one on top one on the bottom)...and shake it out, and it's gone. Nothing residual.
Then more recently, past several months, it's when I use my mouse (I also spend more time on the computer this last year than I have in years)...typing, my arms will go numb, and/or my mouse hand/arm.
But again I shake it out, and it's fine.
I thought vascular because if I could "shake it out" it must be like it's falling asleep?
But, I also got whiplash from an accident many years ago, so I think maybe it's cervical. Except that I've not had it until recently and this accident was over a decade ago.
For a while my doc thought it might be carpel tunnel.
It means that I cannot do things with my arms, including holding up a book to read, drive, type, use the mouth, work with my hands, brush my dog, etc., for "extended" periods of time without them going numb. It goes "to sleep" like interrupted blood supply but it also tingles like a neurological issue, but I'll also occasionally get wrist pains and forearm pains. I also lift heavy weights in my work (briefly: ie: lifting several 45lb weight plates onto the racks) -- so nothing strenuous or extended.
It seems that if I can make it stop by shaking them out, the docs don't seem too concerned. But I'd still like to have some idea of what might be contributing to this.
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