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Numbness and cold sensation after physical exertion

I recently went kayaking and ended up exerting a lot of energy and effort in paddling, enough for me to expect a general soreness later on. During the night my shoulders and arms progressively got worse with a painful numbness and cold sensation. It was so painful/uncomfortable that I was unable to sleep the entire night. Throughout the night it seemed the most comfortable position was sitting upright not moving my arms at all. After taking a warm bath the pain lessened but it did not fully go away. This is not the first time this has happened to me. but it was the worst. This seems to happen after I really physically exert my arms and shoulders.

I would appreciate any answers or advice, I am terrified for this to happen again.
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replied August 6th, 2014
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The symptoms that you describe could suggest intrinsic weakness of your arms and shoulders and also suggest possible underlying orthopedic problem (involving ligaments etc). Do not ignore your symptoms if the symptoms occur each time with the said activities. Visit your doctor/healthcare provider for further examination, evaluation, clarification and assistance. You may also consider taking second opinion from orthopedic surgeon. Until then, avoid activities that aggravate the pain.
Take care.

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