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I have pain in the upper left arm and weakness of legs. Please help.

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Shakti Mishra

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Published At July 20, 2017
Reviewed AtJune 22, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 45-year-old male. When I lie on my left side and raise my left arm, then try to push down on this arm using my right hand, I feel pain in the upper left arm. I am unable to push back. However, when I try the opposite, that is, lying on my right side pushing down on the right arm with the left, I feel no pain and can push down. I had experienced pain and muscle weakness in the left upper arm and lower arm for the past eight years when I was given the swine flu shot. It has only got worse over the years. I have pain in other areas on the left side of the body like in the back and the groin when standing for long periods like at a concert. I have had type 1 diabetes for 22 years. Any ideas? Also, I have suffered from dizzy spells in the past twelve months. This happens when I am awake at night. I then have a feeling like a lot of adrenaline is in my body, my legs are getting weak like I am going to pass out, and a difficulty in breathing. Eventually, it passes.

Answered by Shakti Mishra


Welcome to icliniq.com.

You seem to have a lot of issues with your body and also have diabetes.

The arm pain is mostly shoulder arch syndrome which can be reduced with hot water application and shoulder wheel exercises. Do shoulder shrugging exercise, 15 repetitions twice daily.

  • Try to slide your affected hand from the bottom to the top with numbers marked on the wall.
  • Do circular motions of the shoulder, 20 repetitions in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.
  • Shoulder pendular movements can also be done.
  • Try to maintain a good diet with low sugar and low carbohydrate content and more fiber in it.
  • Consult a physician right away if your symptoms persist despite the exercise.
  • Start doing some muscle-strengthening exercises for the lower limb with a gradual increase in resistance.

For more information consult a physiotherapist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/physiotherapist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Shakti Mishra
Shakti Mishra


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