What's the matter with my arm? Numbness and tender pain, moves around
About 6 weeks ago I first noticed stiffness and slight pain in my left arm. Hardly anything to bother about, I thought I'd pulled a muscle collecting firewood. It hurt slightly when I bent my arm towards my chest after it had been hanging straight, and vice versa. It went on like that 2 weeks.
Then suddenly Christmas night it flared up terribly with bad pain. All down the arm. This went on for a week. I took Ibuprofen which helped. The pain lessened towards the end of the week, till I didn't have to take the Ibuprofen any more. It was great! No pain!
But my arm still felt tender in first one place, then the other. I couldn't pin down the source of the trouble. Then my forearm went numb(on the thumb side of the wrist for about 6" up, and about 3" wide. And my first (index) finger became semi-paralyzed. (not numb, not tingling, no pain, just the final joint of the finger wouldn't bend properly and I couldn't pick anything up with it)
I thought it would heal and sort itself out. At least I wasn't in pain anymore.
I carried on using my arm naturally but was careful indeed not to use it for anything strenuous or do anything with it which might trigger any pain.
Then a few days ago the numbness in my forearm/wrist started to go away but was replaced by an extreme tenderness, so that it "burned" even if my sleeve touched it, or it was touched even lightly. It also aches.
What the heck can be wrong with my arm, (or is it my wrist?) I looked up carpal tunnel syndrome online, but what I've got doesn't seem to fit the symptoms exactly. I'm wondering if it could be tendonitis. But surely that wouldn't last 6 weeks...?
First off, Tendonitis can last months, years, decades. Lots of people that find this site would LOVE it if they had only had pain for 6 weeks.
What you describe doesn't sound like Tendonitis. I'll ask some more questions at the end here, but what you describe sounds
like the side effects of nutritional deficiency.
One of the symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency is pain, random pain, and pain that moves around. Check out the Vit D pages at www.Easy-Immune-Health.com
B12 deficiency side effects include numbness, tingle, nerve pain.
Magnesium deficiency side effects include muscle pain, muscle tightness, spasm (big ones, and little ones that you only feel as muscle pain). Also, see Magnesium for Tendonitis.
B6 deficiency causes Carpal Tunnel Symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling.
All of the above can also result in muscle weakness and loss of agility, though you didn't mention that.
So. If you're having a slow heart attack or stroke, that's obviously a different conversation.
If you have had head/neck injury/trauma, or a cervical disc issue, that's a different story too.
But you described it like it came out of the blue (and the heart attack/stroke is unlikely but worth thinking about for a minute). Which puts my attention on nutrition.
If you have had trauma to the head/neck, or a history of injury, etc, do say more about that.
Were I you I'd get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. It talks about those nutritional components, and they're all cheap and easy. As well as what to do about the physical components of a true Tendonitis dynamic in your forearm.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert