pains in my left arm

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i have pains in my lower part of my left arm and hand and it feels heeavy and abit numb

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    I agree with Daryl, as they ordered the NC tests for me when I had similar symptoms in October from CS with C5-C6 stenosis.  The neurosurgeon thought it was a problem with my Ulnar nerve (like tennis elbow), but the NC tests seemed to indicate CTS. I had improved symptom-wise by the time I finally got the NC tests from the neurologist, and was frustated by this diagnosis, as my symptoms started with the issues at c5-c6. I literally woke up one morning with my arm throbbing from neck issues and my left arm felt like it had been hit by a baseball bat.

    I felt the CTS diagnosis was incorrect because of the concurrency of my initial symptoms with my neck issues and my accupuncturist and any chiropractor might agree.  After all, I am very right handed, not left handed... I am somewhat glad to report that my symptoms got better from the spinal cortizone shot, accupuncture therapy, rest, and home cervical traction.  Even so, I do still have intermittent reoccurrence of the same symptoms albeit at a reduced level so far.  My only other options were CTS or cervical surgery, which I will avoid if possible . Hope this is helpful... In short, I was skeptical of the negative results of my NC test and the positive CTS diagnosis seemed like a lazy default for "we don't know what's wrong with your left arm". The tennis elbow support strap sure did not help.

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    Hiya I have the same feeling in my left side and hand. It affects my grip so I end up dropping things involuntary which is a bit embarrassing somtimes! I had surgery last Friday on C5 / 6 (which was causing the pain on my left side) a cage fitted . I'm very sore and still in pain but my consultant said it is normal to feel like this as it takes months for the new nerves to settle down. I tried aggressive physio, steroid and nerve block injections and acupuncture but they didn't help so opted for surgery. I hope you are receiving some help with your pain?
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    Hi

    Your symptoms could result from a neck issue,  particularly if you also have any neck stiffness or headaches.  Ask your GP for an MRI neck scan, as that should identify any neck issue.  Altrnatively request a referral to a Physiotherapist....they can test for ROM (range of movement) of neck to try and find cause.

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    Thank you all i will defo ask my doc to send me for MRI neck scan yes i do suffers from bad headaches x
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