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post #1 of 27 Old 03-29-2019, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Arms hands go numb

I am now 54 a mechanic by trade .. The last few years (progressively getting worse ) when I spend any length of time working over my head . The next few days my arms and hands are numb / pins and needles . My Dr. either doses not beleave me or understand what is going on . Are there any of you that experiencing this ??
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You might want to read this: https://www.bellefleurphysio.com/tho...tlet-syndrome/ (No looking at the advertisement though!!)

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I've had these symptoms for years... Started in my 40's.

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That started in on me about 15 years ago..I'm 60 now...
I have scoliosis and the spine being curved puts pressure on many nerves--I get some temporary numbness,pins & needles and feelings of cold in my arms often,even when doing nothing strenuous ,like holding up a book to read..

My legs have been doing the same thing lately too,I know from sitting too much,I have let myself get so far out of shape the muscles in them are starting to atrophy and its not going to be easy to get the strength back in them..
I often get bad cramps in my legs,feet and arms,sometimes the right side of my chest too..

My doctor said to drink tonic water with quinine when I get muscle cramps,and Tumeric may help some...another sports coach I know said "drink pickle juice",that is what he gives teen aged athletes when they get cramps and says it rarely fails to subdue them..

Don't feel alone ,as far as your doctor "not listening"..mine also tends to think "its all in my head" and has pressured me to take Prozac and other anti-depressants..
I tried them for a short time and NO WAY will I ever use them again!..all they did was screw my head up,and did zilch as far as the pain,cramps and other symptoms..
I was ready to stop going to him and get another doctor..


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It happens to every one When your arms are raised you are pumping blood uphill and they are being deprived of oxygen as you hold them up and your arms become fatigued...it is a muscle tiredness from the lack of oxygen...if you ever watch old videos of Muhamed Ali you will see him drop his arms the second the bell rings at the end of every round to get the blood flowing again

As far as leg cramps ....some heart medicines (statins) exacerbate that problem ...you can take CoQ10 for it...it is a big help.
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You are not alone David. I was a lifetime mechanic and in the latter years could only work with my arms above my shoulders for a couple minutes. They'd ache so bad I'd have to lower them and wait for the blood and feeling to return before raising my arms to continue.

The same was true when laying on a creeper with arms working above. I just accepted it as normal and never discussed it with a doctor.

Blood pressure was always normal at check ups but I felt quite certain it was a lack of circulation when arms were raised. Never had any long term effect, just very limited time reaching/working overhead.

If its' any consolation, that was many years ago, and I still ain't dead yet.

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I get "bar arm" when I sleep sometimes which feels very similar. Goes away quickly one I change the position of my arm but until you know what you're dealing with you definitely have a big ? mark as to how bad it is.

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David, I am a Physical Therapist asst and former mechanic of 20yrs. I work as a neuro specialist in a hospital seeing many people who have had issues such as yours and surgery to correct it.
As we abuse our bodies we grow extra bone in our cervical vertebrae and compress our disks--the cushions between vertebrae. This closes off the nerve pathways of nerves coming out of our spinal cord that power and allow our arms to work and feel. When you get in a position working overhead you further close off/pinch the nerves
which is probably causing your numbness.
An X-ray of your neck would probably verify this and the proper doctor to help you is a neurosurgeon, not a private practice/clinic doc.

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If your doctor isn't listening to you, or dismisses your complaints, why would you go back to him? All he's (or she) is doing is taking your money and giving you little or nothing in return for it.

Go to other doctors, until you find one who does work to figure out how to help you.
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David, I am a Physical Therapist asst and former mechanic of 20yrs. I work as a neuro specialist in a hospital seeing many people who have had issues such as yours and surgery to correct it.
As we abuse our bodies we grow extra bone in our cervical vertebrae and compress our disks--the cushions between vertebrae. This closes off the nerve pathways of nerves coming out of our spinal cord that power and allow our arms to work and feel. When you get in a position working overhead you further close off/pinch the nerves
which is probably causing your numbness.
An X-ray of your neck would probably verify this and the proper doctor to help you is a neurosurgeon, not a private practice/clinic doc.

Hope this helps. Feel free to ask anything else and I'll try to help.
I had this problem but mine was neck pain and lower back pain. I went to an orthopedic surgeon (not a neurosurgeon) which put me in exercise therapy. You tell them what pain you have and where it is and they have specific exercises you do with a coach. They massage the areas and ice them down after exercising. The same as what professional athletes go to for injuries. After five weeks , two or three times a week exercising, the pain went away. Your insurance should cover it.

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I am now 54 a mechanic by trade .. The last few years (progressively getting worse ) when I spend any length of time working over my head . The next few days my arms and hands are numb / pins and needles . My Dr. either doses not beleave me or understand what is going on . Are there any of you that experiencing this ??
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I also have this numbness in my head.

I've been told that I was born with such.
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I also have this numbness in my head.

I've been told that I was born with such.
My wife makes remarks like that to me.....
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You might want to read this: https://www.bellefleurphysio.com/tho...tlet-syndrome/ (No looking at the advertisement though!!)
Thanks for the read, I am going to try to keep my head back and neck straighter, even though mine is due to buildup in the spine pressing on the nerves. I figure any relief would be a plus. By the way it took a long time to find it, nerve conduction tests, X-Rays, occupational therapist... Finally a MRI of the neck showed it. unfortunately, the only fix would require 6 months in a halo after surgery. Currently I am just dealing with it.

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Dave, hope that you find some relief and that the article was useful! We don't want it keeping you from enjoying tractors!


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