I have pain, numbness in my right arm and hand. I have had some swelling and pain in my right shoulder for about 6 months and I would like to know if they all could be connected and what could be the cause.
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replied August 26th, 2011
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It's possible that it could all be coming from one source. Numbness is caused by a disorder of a nerve. When you sit on your foot and it goes to sleep, that is caused by compression of the nerves to the foot, contrary to what our mothers told us about cutting off the circulation. When the compression is released, the nerve begins functioning normally again, and the numbness goes away.


For the whole arm to be involved, the problem probably needs to be in the shoulder or higher. Thoracic outlet syndrome would give you the symptoms, as would a problem in the brachial plexus, or within the neck.


If the problem does not get better, you may want to see an orthopedic surgeon, physiatrist (PM&R specialist), or a neurologist. Good luck.
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