Shoulder numbness and finger tingling.

Patient

Q: My left shoulder will go numb when lying down or leaning on a desk with my elbows and at the same time my thumb and index finger will start to tingle. What could this be?

Doctor

A:    The numbness in your left shoulder and hand as you described it might be due to a cervical nerve compression (C7-C8), but it would be important to rule out inflammation of the peripheral nerves at the level of the arm and hand, meaning a Carpal tunnel Syndrome.

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