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when I run my arms feel like the blood supply has been cut

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when I run my arms feel like the blood supply has been cut off what could be the cause of this
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Customer:

Hello

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi I'm Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil, MD :

Can i ask your first name?

Customer:

Marie

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi Marie.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Nice to meet you

Customer:

Marie

Dr. Phil, MD :

Can you describe the symptoms more?

Customer:

When I run after a while my arms feel heavy like the blood supply is not getting to them

Dr. Phil, MD :

I see.

Dr. Phil, MD :

so you are a runner?

Customer:

No I play a lot of sport and run to warm up I also power walk marathons

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay. Any neck injuries or neck pain?

Customer:

My neck crunches sometimes after I have been at the computer for a long time

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay do you arms ever feel tingly or numb or painful?

Customer:

more numb than anything else

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay

Dr. Phil, MD :

I think you have problems in your neck that are pinching on nerves

Dr. Phil, MD :

The arm symptoms are from pinched nerves in the neck

Dr. Phil, MD :

If you exercise that much, it's not your heart

Customer:

what would you suggest and could a lack of B12 have anything to do with it

Dr. Phil, MD :

I would suggest an MRI of the neck

Dr. Phil, MD :

Yes, B12, folate and thyroid problems should also be checked

Dr. Phil, MD :

this can be done in blood work

Customer:

I have an under active thyroid

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay make sure it is controlled with meds

Customer:

I am also a vegetarian

Dr. Phil, MD :

It seems the position of the arms while running does it right?

Customer:

yes

Dr. Phil, MD :

like a bent arm position? You have no problems otherwise ?

Customer:

Yes and now I am typing and my arns are bent I notice it now

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay perfect!

Dr. Phil, MD :

That is very helpful

Dr. Phil, MD :

Is it mainly the ring and pinky fingers and the side of the hand?

Customer:

No not the hands just the arms

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay good

Dr. Phil, MD :

I think it could be coming from the elbow

Dr. Phil, MD :

The ulnar nerve runs through a groove in the elbow and can get pinched with bent arms

Customer:

What in both arms?

Dr. Phil, MD :

yes

Dr. Phil, MD :

it's called cubital tunnel syndrome

Dr. Phil, MD :

try one of these

Dr. Phil, MD :

http://www.massagewarehouse.com/products/imak-elbow-support-universal/?sourcecode=MGOOPF&utm_source=google&utm_medium=shop&utm_campaign=Shopping%2BComparison%2BSites&gclid=CMXP0JL01rwCFcY7OgodiioA0A

Dr. Phil, MD :

This device will keep your arm straight at night and should help.

Dr. Phil, MD :

If it does, we have a diagnosis

Dr. Phil, MD :

B12 is a good idea too but I suspect cubital tunnel

Customer:

okay and if not

Dr. Phil, MD :

you need an MRI of the neck

Dr. Phil, MD :

and an EMG

Dr. Phil, MD :

an EMG is a nerve test that tells which nerve is affected

Customer:

EMG?

Customer:

And do you mean carpel tunnel

Dr. Phil, MD :

No I mean cubital tunnel

Dr. Phil, MD :

There are many tunnels :)

Dr. Phil, MD :

the cubital tunnel is at the elbow

Dr. Phil, MD :

that is where I believe your nerve is being pinched

Customer:

Ah I see thank you I will try the link you suggest

Dr. Phil, MD :

you're welcome :)

Dr. Phil, MD :

any more questions?

Customer:

No not right now

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay. Did I do excellent work for you Marie?

Customer:

I don't know until I check it out

Dr. Phil, MD :

Would you be so kind as to provide a positive rating for me?

Dr. Phil, MD :

It is the only way we are paid for our time with you

Dr. Phil, MD :

If it doesn't work you can always come back to this chat and continue with me

Customer:

Okay

Dr. Phil, MD :

thank you :)

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