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Old 07-30-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
Michael D Hillis
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stroke or pinched nerve?

so about 2 weeks ago i was doing over head squats and in the middle of a set my left thump started to tingle and my forarm went kind of nump it was like my arm fell asleep but then a couple days later it still tingled and was numb but it was a little better i went to do curls and i couldnt curl more than 15 pounds with my left arm i usaly can do 45 so im a little freaked out i went to the local doc and they said just rest it ?
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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Re: stroke or pinched nerve?

Get it checked by an orthopedic doc and/or physical therapist ASAP. Motor weakness and sensory deficit aren't something to play around with but it's definitely not a stroke.

Likely a pinched nerve either at the spinal, or brachial plexus level.

Those are the most common with overhead squats.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:43 PM   #3
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Re: stroke or pinched nerve?

whats a normal recovery time?
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:57 PM   #4
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Re: stroke or pinched nerve?

It depends on a lot of factors. Need to identify what caused the issue, how long between the injury and any potential fixes, if it can be undone by adjustments or whatever else, etc.
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:02 PM   #5
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Re: stroke or pinched nerve?

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whats a normal recovery time?
Could honestly just be a brief impingement, but it could be caused by a ton of things - shoulder instability (especially if the humerus sits forward), neck issues, local impingement due to musculature (scalenes, pronator teres), etc. Definitely get it looked out. Unless it's a serious disc issue, you should be able to get conservative treatment.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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Re: stroke or pinched nerve?

i did have a bad kinked neck like 4 weeks ago and i do wake up some times with a sore neck
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