Hello, I'm a 35-year-old male.
I've been suffering from arm weakness for almost 3 months. No pain, but can't use my left arm because it's very weak and heavy.
I think it's from either swimming or playing drums. 3 months ago, I woke up in the middle of night because of strong numbness in my whole left arm. Now numbness is gone, but my arm gets weaker and weaker. And of course, now I can't swim or play drums anymore.
I've already tried Acupuncture (8 visits) & Chiropractic (6 visits), I've tried Herbal medicine, I've been taking Vitamin B-12 for nervous system. but my condition doesn't get better.
My blood pressure is normal. I have good appetite and sleep every day. No constipation or diarrhea. No headache. Other than this left arm weakness, I have in pretty good condition.
I'd like to see a doctor, but I don't even know where to go. Orthopedic? Neurologist?
I'd really appreciate a medical advise.
Thank you for your time.
Thanks for using the forum. I am happy to address your questions, and my answer will be based on the information you provided here. Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with a doctor.
Without the ability to examine and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the exact cause of the symptoms is. However I will try to provide you with some useful information.
Unilateral arm weakness may be due to a problem in the brain or peripheral nerves. Many possibilities exist, and depend somewhat on your age, your risk factors, and the nature of your symptoms (whether or not the weaknes started suddenly or gradually, whether it is a complete loss of motion, whether it is an objective finding on examination or it is only a feeling that you have etc).
Several concerning possibilities for unilateral weakness are stroke, MS, etc, but many times these may be associated with other clinical findings. Other possibilities include a peripheral nerve injury/neuropathy, plexopathy, or radiculopathy.
It is difficult to provide more objective information without knowing more about the location of the weakness, if other symptoms are present, etc. I would suggest you be evaluated by a neurologist. You may need an MRI of the brain (depending on the history and examination) and/or EMG/NCS (depending on the history and examination).
Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions, I hope you find the information I have provided useful, good luck.
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