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

Answered by
Shakti Mishra
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 20, 2017

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 all the way 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 all the way down. I had experienced pain and muscle weakness on the left upper arm and lower arm since 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 of time like at a concert. I have type 1 diabetes since 22 years. Any ideas? Also, I have suffered from dizzy spells in the past 12 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.



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  • You seem to have a lot of issues with your body, and also have diabetes.
  1. 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.
  2. Try to slide your affected hand from the bottom to the top with numbers marked on the wall.
  3. Do circular motions of the shoulder, 20 repetitions in clockwise and anti clockwise direction.
  4. Shoulder pendular movements can also be done.
  5. Try to maintain a good diet with low sugar and low carbohydrate content and more fiber in it.
  6. Consult a physician right away if your symptoms persist despite the exercise.
  7. Start doing some muscle strengthening exercises for the lower limb with a gradual increase in resistance.

For more information consult a physiotherapist online -->

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