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Anyone ever have a tight/sorta numbish feeling in the arms?

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 290
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi
I don't really know how to explain it, but every once in awhile I get a sort of tight/numb feeling. My arms aren't really numb but they sort of feel like that, and it coming from my back and shoulders.

Anyone else know what I mean or experience this?
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  • My legs sometimes feel that way, and this mostly happens when I'm sitting relaxing.
  • I sometimes wish I was a doctor to understand all the xrays and MRI's. I know a little because of my problems but thats about it. I recently had a cervical laminectomy because my left arm up to my left neck and chin & shoulder kept going numb. Basically my MRI is a train wreck I have so many things wrong I wouldnt know where to begin. But the reason for the surgery was a bone spur at C3 on the inside of the vertabrea and it was pressing on my spinal cord where I already have severe spinal stenosis. I can suggest to you what I do and did before surgery to feel better: I went swimming several times a week and had the water up to my chin and i moved all the painful or numb areas under the water. I took naproxen 550 mg double strength twice a day (thats 12 aleve over the counter anti inflammatories) I kept it in my system always. I know it was working after I had to stop taking them 3 weeks prior to surgery My pain was super high. I got those heat patches from pharmacy and applied to shoulder and back of neck, they last 8 hours. I also wore a soft cervial collar to take the weight off my shoulders.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • shortfuse5691 said:
    I sometimes wish I was a doctor to understand all the xrays and MRI's. I know a little because of my problems but thats about it. I recently had a cervical laminectomy because my left arm up to my left neck and chin & shoulder kept going numb. Basically my MRI is a train wreck I have so many things wrong I wouldnt know where to begin. But the reason for the surgery was a bone spur at C3 on the inside of the vertabrea and it was pressing on my spinal cord where I already have severe spinal stenosis. I can suggest to you what I do and did before surgery to feel better: I went swimming several times a week and had the water up to my chin and i moved all the painful or numb areas under the water. I took naproxen 550 mg double strength twice a day (thats 12 aleve over the counter anti inflammatories) I kept it in my system always. I know it was working after I had to stop taking them 3 weeks prior to surgery My pain was super high. I got those heat patches from pharmacy and applied to shoulder and back of neck, they last 8 hours. I also wore a soft cervial collar to take the weight off my shoulders.
    Wow, first off sorry to hear your neck being such a wreck :(
    As far as a year ago the stuff I have wasn't pushing on my cord. I hope it isn't now, that would really suck.
    Yeah, I agree with you. I didn't think my mobic (anti inflam) was working till I stop it every once in awhile and am in higher levels of pain. I think I'll have to take one tomorrow.
    Yeah, heat is always good. Last summer I bought a cervical heating pad which used to work wonders till my condition has changed. Plus its summer and well I get sort of dehydrated with that thing on for too long. So I went out and bought some more soft ice packs , one that is good size that velcro's closed so I don't have to hold it. I find the cold has been helping me best lately. Then I use my tens unit and my meds ...However sometimes they are no match for the level 8 pain I go through.

    Well thanks so much for sharing your experience with me. It was helpful.
    I will definitely wear my soft collar more often. :)
  • I think I know what you mean - the arms are all tingly. It's like when your hand goes numb and it feels like it does when your hand wakes up.

    I've experienced the strangest things in my arms before my surgery. The very first symptom (although I didn't know it at the time) was: I'd just be sitting at my desk in the after noon then all of a sudden I'd get very painful goosebumps on my arms, then I'd get a deep chill in them and then all my arm muscles would ache. This happened almost daily. I told my hubby about it and he though I should go to the doctor. I thought it was simply too odd to go to the doctor with, but it turns out it was the beginning of my cervical issues.

    Anyhoo, isn't it just the strangest thing to have all these difference arm sensations when it's actually your neck?

    Take care.
    Cath
  • all these crazy sensations...heat...cold...pain....tingles, loss of strength, pulling,etc....etc...
    my doc explained it this way: that the spinal cord is made up of thin strands of all kinds of nerves. some sense heat, some cold, some pain, some muscle control. what you feel depends on what strand of nerve is being pressured. I have severe stenosis throughout my spine and find it incredible how many different sensations i get. here's an interesting one. on my right leg the pain isn't as bad as on left leg but the whole leg has no strength.On the left leg my pain is much worse but strength is very good. GO FIGURE. Even in the same body sensations and symptoms vary.
    Nobody is the same but we ALL suffer
    peace be with us >:D<
    pete
  • Pete, I like the way your doc explained it - that really makes sense.

    Yeah, what's going on with your legs is very interesting. I bet it sucks though, because if you had the weakness and pain in only one leg, you'd be able to use that one more and tell the other one to f*** off. As it is, it probably creates problems just walking!

    I've found that it's best for me to wear long sleeves if the temperature is at 75 degrees or lower because my arms seem to get chilled much easier than before this crud started. Where are those good ol' menopausal hot flashes when I need em? LOL

    Cath

  • I get all kinds of weird sensations- creepy, crawly, running water, pressure, cramping, sticking, pins and needles, fiery, crushing, poking, tightning, pulling, numbness, etc.

    I had one doctor tell me that I was too young (30ish) for my spine to look like if I was in a bad wreck from top to bottom. Most of the problems are in the lumbar for me. All those sensations I described are in my legs of course, and if it weren't for the Cymbalta it would be truly nerve racking. I have to keep my legs covered up with a light sheet, or something heavier during the winter.
  • ButterflyPain said:
    shortfuse5691 said:
    I sometimes wish I was a doctor to understand all the xrays and MRI's. I know a little because of my problems but thats about it. I recently had a cervical laminectomy because my left arm up to my left neck and chin & shoulder kept going numb. Basically my MRI is a train wreck I have so many things wrong I wouldnt know where to begin. But the reason for the surgery was a bone spur at C3 on the inside of the vertabrea and it was pressing on my spinal cord where I already have severe spinal stenosis. I can suggest to you what I do and did before surgery to feel better: I went swimming several times a week and had the water up to my chin and i moved all the painful or numb areas under the water. I took naproxen 550 mg double strength twice a day (thats 12 aleve over the counter anti inflammatories) I kept it in my system always. I know it was working after I had to stop taking them 3 weeks prior to surgery My pain was super high. I got those heat patches from pharmacy and applied to shoulder and back of neck, they last 8 hours. I also wore a soft cervial collar to take the weight off my shoulders.


    Wow, first off sorry to hear your neck being such a wreck :(
    As far as a year ago the stuff I have wasn't pushing on my cord. I hope it isn't now, that would really suck.
    Yeah, I agree with you. I didn't think my mobic (anti inflam) was working till I stop it every once in awhile and am in higher levels of pain. I think I'll have to take one tomorrow.
    Yeah, heat is always good. Last summer I bought a cervical heating pad which used to work wonders till my condition has changed. Plus its summer and well I get sort of dehydrated with that thing on for too long. So I went out and bought some more soft ice packs , one that is good size that velcro's closed so I don't have to hold it. I find the cold has been helping me best lately. Then I use my tens unit and my meds ...However sometimes they are no match for the level 8 pain I go through.

    Well thanks so much for sharing your experience with me. It was helpful.
    I will definitely wear my soft collar more often. :)
    I never miss taking my anti inflams just one wont do much its like a maintenance drug for me. It actually takes several weeks to build that up in your system for ya to see any results. Also there are certain foods I try to eat more of with lots of antioxidents in the help protect tissue and damage. My favs are ice tea, lemonade, tomatoes, I also take this herb acai berry that has super antioxidents to help tissue damage in your body. acai berry is 10 times stronger then blueberries. I figured it cant hurt if anything it will slow down the aging of my skin too. :)
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • I'd take the hot flashes too but I'm not sure whether there's male menepause. I like your sense of humor, that can be a great pain killer. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Cry and your only hope is fellow spineys! or maybe your dog will lick your hand :-C
    MEYDEY....thanks to the drug co. cymbalta is good for you. If it were not for that you would need two sheets for the wind :)
    Two old men, mike and dave, who both had bad backs used to hang out at the town park bench. One day Dave came jogging in. DAVE, said Mike why you so good. I got new back from this pigmy tribe in the amizon! Wow give me their address.
    One month later mike limped in and sat down. What happened asked Dave. Mike lifted his shirt and Dave cried "OMG they gave you mine"! :))( :))( :))(
    Pete

  • I feel that way in my arms all the time.....

    I compare it to a guitar strings that are constantly being tightened....to the point where you can't hardly move or bend your fingers because it hurts too much.....


  • This is how my stuff began:
    Well mine started with my hand tingling and falling asleep for no reason. Especially at night . Then I started getting neck pain on the back of my neck, followed by neck pain on the left side of my neck when I would lay down on my right side. Then I would get headaches followed by the neck pain becoming an all day thing. Then I got muscle spasms and tight muscles, last thing was arm pain and slight arm weakness . I also got no sleep and depression and anxiety from this in the end of 07 beg. of 08.

    I've had EEG, EMG, which showed muscle spasms and some tension but not a lot like he thought there would be. I've had c spine x ray, MRI of c spine and brain, and CT of brain. Brain was fine.

    I've done PT, meds...I have tens unit that helps when it is on, cold and heat stuff.
  • HI BP- Jen,

    I just wanted to let you know that I get that sort of strange feeling in my right arm that you described in your original post that I just read. My physical therapist told me that it is a combo of nerves and muscles that I haven't been using as much or haven't been signaling properly for a while. Of course I am not sure if that is true in your case, but I thought I would share it in case it helps you. I feel it both when I am trying to do the exercises that they have given me and when I am just resting my arm. I only feel it on my right side where I have all my issues. I do feel like it has some connection with my shoulder blade pain. I don't know if the neck pain is radiating down toward the shoulder blade as I am told that it is- at the same time as that funny feeling is coming from the discs in the neck to the arm. Perhaps, that is why we feel a connection. I am told that they are happening at the same time by the physical therapist. She also told me that it is more common with C 5/6 issues that we both share. Maybe you could copy this and bring it to your next dr's appointment and see if it applies??? I hope that you are feeling better!! Warm pool therapy, topomax, and weekly, lidocaine trigger point injections are helping me. I hope it continues!

    -Thinking of you

    hugs,
    glo
    :)
  • jean jaye said:
    HI BP- Jen,

    I just wanted to let you know that I get that sort of strange feeling in my right arm that you described in your original post that I just read. My physical therapist told me that it is a combo of nerves and muscles that I haven't been using as much or haven't been signaling properly for a while. Of course I am not sure if that is true in your case, but I thought I would share it in case it helps you. I feel it both when I am trying to do the exercises that they have given me and when I am just resting my arm. I only feel it on my right side where I have all my issues. I do feel like it has some connection with my shoulder blade pain. I don't know if the neck pain is radiating down toward the shoulder blade as I am told that it is- at the same time as that funny feeling is coming from the discs in the neck to the arm. Perhaps, that is why we feel a connection. I am told that they are happening at the same time by the physical therapist. She also told me that it is more common with C 5/6 issues that we both share. Maybe you could copy this and bring it to your next dr's appointment and see if it applies??? I hope that you are feeling better!! Warm pool therapy, topomax, and weekly, lidocaine trigger point injections are helping me. I hope it continues!

    -Thinking of you

    hugs,
    glo
    :)
    That information helps me a lot. I will definitely save this for my next appt. It makes sense. You seem to have a better PT than me. Mine never really told me much just had me do the stuff. I really wish I could go to PT again.
    Catch you in chat!
    JEN
  • pete81241 said:
    Two old men, mike and dave, who both had bad backs used to hang out at the town park bench. One day Dave came jogging in. DAVE, said Mike why you so good. I got new back from this pigmy tribe in the amizon! Wow give me their address.
    One month later mike limped in and sat down. What happened asked Dave. Mike lifted his shirt and Dave cried "OMG they gave you mine"! :))( :))( :))(
    Pete
    LOL wow, I would have been on the floor if coulda been, thanks for the awesome joke =)) =D>
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