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back and left arm pain, also arm is cold and tingles

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Posted by CCF Neurology MD on November 05, 1997 at 23:22:10:

In Reply to: back and left arm pain, also arm is cold and tingles posted by Kelly Bailey on October 16, 1997 at 13:43:39:

: My problem is not a constant one, but it is a bothersome one.  I am ex-
  periencing back pain in the middle of my back and sometimes between my
  shoulder blades.  My left arm tingles and it feels very cold from the in-
  side out. (My arm doesn't actually feel cold on my skin.) My fingers do
  feel cold and turn a light shade of purple.  Also, my thumb feels drawn in-
  to the palm of my hand and my fingers are drawn onto the top of my thumb.
  The first time I experienced this problem was in February of 1995. However,
  only my arm and hand were affected.  My doctor did many blood tests and
  everything looked OK.  He sent me to the hospital and had an ER nurse give
  me calcium by IV.  Soon my hand opened and my symptoms went away.  His
  final diagnosis was carpal tunnel syndrome.  For about the last 2 and 1/2
  weeks I have had uncomfortable back pain and the same arm and hand problem.
  Do I need to be concerned about these symptoms?  I am a stay-at-home mom
  with 3 busy children and these pains put a damper on my day!
  Thank you very much.
Dear Kelly:
You do need to be concerned. Your symptoms may possibly be from pinching of one of the left sided nerve roots in the neck. This is something that may co-exist with and be unrelated to your carpal tunnel syndrome. This problem can be diagnosed with an MRI of the cervical spine, and perhaps another EMG. If the pinching of the nerve from a herniated disc in the neck is sufficiently severe, it can even cause significant, and at times even permanent hand or arm weakness.
You need to see a neurologist again.
In case you live near Cleveland, you are welcome to seek another opinion from any of the neuromuscular specialists (Drs. Shields, Levin, Mitsumoto, or Pioro) at the Cleveland Clinic.
The number to call for appointments is (216)444-5559 locally, or (800)223-2273 toll free.
Good luck!
This information is provided for general medical education purposes only. Please consult your physician for diagnostic and treatment options of your specific medical condition.

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