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    Question numbness in face and left arm

    I was diagnosed as having a pronounced spinal curviture some 42yrs ago although this was kept mainly between my doctors and my parents. Nothing was explained to me except for the fact that I had to do what seemed to a 10yr old very silly exercises. Surgery was not an option at that time (1963).
    I suffered some back pain all my growing years but became very strong in my twenties and no-one could notice any abnormality when I had my clothes on. This is still the fact today.
    Arthritis has set in and after a long period of time off work I have been back and fit and strong once more for the last six years. I make traditional pine furniture which involves much heavy lifting which I cope with well. I am still not 100% but all is quite good apart from a re-occurring numbness in the left side of my face and left arm. This has lately invovled heavy tingling in my arm and hand and a certain amount of hampering to my thinking. A couple of days good rest has helped this time but I wonder if anyone else has suffered the same symtpoms.

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    Hi Barry,

    I don't want to sound like an alarmist, but, if you continue to have weakness and numbness, it could be a symptom of a spinal cord issue. A neurosurgeon would be able to give you an evaluation and MRI (if needed) to help you determine exactly what the treatment options should be. I've known several adults who were told as children that they were "different". As children, they weren't able to run as fast, or they were a little more clumsy, or their clothes didn't fit right like everyone else's, etc. They ended up having been born with a spinal cord problem that caused nerve damage.

    Good luck and I hope you find some relief.
    Carmell
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    Numbness in left arm

    [QUOTE=barry b]I was diagnosed as having a pronounced spinal curviture some 42yrs ago although this was kept mainly between my doctors and my parents. Nothing was explained to me except for the fact that I had to do what seemed to a 10yr old very silly exercises. Surgery was not an option at that time (1963).
    I suffered some back pain all my growing years but became very strong in my twenties and no-one could notice any abnormality when I had my clothes on. This is still the fact today.
    Arthritis has set in and after a long period of time off work I have been back and fit and strong once more for the last six years. I make traditional pine furniture which involves much heavy lifting which I cope with well. I am still not 100% but all is quite good apart from a re-occurring numbness in the left side of my face and left arm. This has lately invovled heavy tingling in my arm and hand and a certain amount of hampering to my thinking. A couple of days good rest has helped this time but I wonder if anyone else has suffered the same symtpoms.[/QUOTE=Mereana]I have experienced numbness in my left arm at different periods of time, I thought it was the sign of a stroke but the doctors did'nt seem concerned and ignored me I started to have tingling sensations in my fingers and certain fingers would go numb. I found a awesome physiotherapist B.P.T MNSP, Grad Dip Manipulative Therapy who found the source in my neck and pinched nerves. Our posture has alot to do with our complaints and adding more stress like lifting even light things {what we would call light but are really heavy to our body like a shoulder hand bag, shopping bag, bag of potatoes, things we would class as normal functions all add extra pressure to our support system, my neck has a hard time holding my head I sometimes have to use a neck brace or lie down. I find resting in bed a solution too but we have to weigh things up by the prevention or less of what put us to bed. I am still learning and burn out alot, I don't know my physical movements limitations yet. When I gave up employment and concentrated on conserving energy I felt I was ready to tackle anything but it's 2 steps forward and 1 step back for me.

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    bad burnning in left arm

    I am 31 years old i started feeling weakness in my left side like i had been lifting weights and a knot in my upper shoulder and neck. my doctor had Xrays taken and said i had something like 30% curvature and sent me to a back specialist. the specialist pushed down on my arms to see if i had weakness and figured that i only need exercise to correct my spine. i have to take a muscle relaxer and pain pill before bed now becasue the knot hurts and my left arm burns like boiling water. i can roll my shoulder and it sounds like the bone grinding it is the tendons rolling over each other. My doctors said i am not a canidate for surgary. i take effor for a numb spot in the middle of my back to return feeling and some days i have to take a couple muscle relaxers to take the knot out of my back. for some reason it is worse at night when i am ready for bed. if you are still having problems see a doctor hopefully you get more than i am. the neuro surgan seemed to blow me off because i did not have any actual weakness in my left side,

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