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Old 12-24-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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Question Left arm tingles/falls asleep

For the last month or so I have had my left arm feel like it falls asleep/ tingles from the shoulder down to my pointer finger and thumb. It happens when I am doing things such as lifting a garbage bag, writing something down, on the computer have my arm straight at my side. It happens all the time. Went to the doctor they say tennis elbow. I looked online but I really dont think it is that because it isn't painful. I am a housekeeper at a hospital so when I am lifting things heavy feels like I have to drop the garbage bags or linen bags. I don't know what to do. Should I go see an orthopedic doctor?

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Old 12-25-2009, 11:33 AM   #2
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Re: Left arm tingles/falls asleep

Go see your Doctor, usually a tingley arm means heart. Get a check up.

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Re: Left arm tingles/falls asleep

Do you carry a heavy purse on your left shoulder? That could be the cause. I had to lighten mine considerably because I was having that same problem. Carried a lighter purse in my hand for a couple of weeks and it went away.

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Re: Left arm tingles/falls asleep

Go ask your doctor about multiple sclerosis MS. It might be a possibility. That was my first thought when I read your post.

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So what did the doctor say for you to do about it? I am guessing it is something along the lines of carpal tunnel/tennis elbow without the pain. If you are looking for a second opinion then go to a sports clinic that deals with those types of injuries all the time and can pinpoint the nerves with a simple electrical impulse testing device that can see what nerves are involved and some exercises to help alleviate the problem.

Old 01-03-2010, 02:32 PM   #6
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Re: Left arm tingles/falls asleep

this is Missday, I had login troubles. i went to the doctors they ran tons of tests these last weeks. Including a cardiac work up. Well after an MRI I was ruled to have cubital tunnel syndrome. Like carpal tunnel but it is in my shoulder. So glad i went to see the ortho doc. Now I have surgery set up for next month.

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