I have been having recurring numbness in my left hand for the past couple of weeks. I first notice it in the wrist, then it proceeds to my hand. I shake it off and it goes away. But it keeps happening, and it doesn't matter what I am doing at the time. A few weeks ago, I had pain in my left shoulder and neck and couldn't turn my head to the left. The doctor said that it was a pinched nerve, and that it would go away but might take a while. The pain is gone, and I can turn my head, but now I have this tingling that comes and goes in my left hand. I don't want to go to the doctor, because I don't want them to think I am a whiny paranoid person...LOL. I'm already scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on my right elbow in Jan. due to chronic tendonitis for the past two years... cortisone shots have not helped. So I don't want to go back and say, "Now there's something wrong with my LEFT arm too". LOL Any thoughts?
I work as a medical transcriptionist for a neurologist...sounds like what a lot of his patients describe as carpal tunnel syndrome, especially since you can relieve the numbness by shaking your hands.. It is a very real syndrome and can be treated with medication, splints, or carpal tunnel release surgery. I am not telling you this as a medical professional, only what I have heard repeatedly through hundreds of neurology transcriptions. Either an neuro, ortho, or your primary doc could tell you....if you had surgery for it, it would be an ortho doc doing it.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.