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Hello! I have been suffering from left neck and shoulder pain along with tingling in my left thumb and pointer finger. This started about 3 weeks ago with severe pain in the should then about a week later started the tingling. I believe it was from improperly lifting weights and working out. I am a worry wart:( . I immediately go to the worst case senerio. I do NOT want to get an MRI. I feel as though its a pinched nerve somewhere in my neck or should blade. How long an a compressed nerve or pinched nerve take to heal?

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replied February 5th, 2018
Muscular and Nerve Disorders Answer A63075
Welcome to e health forum.

The description of your symptoms is not helpful to make a proper medical diagnosis.

Numbness and tingling or burning sensations are abnormal sensations that can occur anywhere in your body, but are often felt in your fingers, hands, feet, arms, or legs.

The most common cause of such symptoms can be due to the following -

1. Abnormal body positions during sleep, work or resting.
2. Vascular disorders - affecting the blood supply, like Transient ischemic attacks, Strokes, Raynaud's syndrome, etc.
3. Neurological injury - due to trauma, low back injury, pressure on nerves (herniation of spinal discs), etc.
4. Peripheral neuropathy - associated with Vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
5. electrolyte imbalances
6. Thyroid disorders
7. Diabetic neuropathy, migraines
8. Hyperventilation disorders , panic attacks
9. Repetitive stress injuries - Carpal tunnel syndrome, pressure neuropathy.

Hence for proper diagnosis of your condition, additional medical history as well as few tests may be helpful. Hence you might consult your doctor for proper advice.

Treating the condition may make the symptoms go away or stop them from getting worse.

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