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I have suddenly lost all power and control of my left arm

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I have suddenly lost all power and control of my left arm from the elbow downwards .
What should I do ?

Hello -

Do you have any pain in the neck?

Any numbness in the arm?

How is the left side of your face (when you smile)? Your left leg?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No

I'm sorry -- is that no to all 4 questions?

Sorry, I'm not able to call, we can continue here.

OK, well -- sudden weakness in the left arm is concerning.

Two possible reasons.

1. Stroke -- so this could be a potential emergency, I would seek medical attention for this ASAP.

2. An issue with the spinal cord in the neck -- where spinal cord compression or nerve compression could be the cause of weakness -- not as urgent as a stroke, but still something that should be evaluated right away.

Please go get this checked out right away.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No pain in the neck
Yes, numbness in my left arm from the elbow to my hand
Left leg and smile seem to be OK.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It seems to have recovered . I am now use my left arm again .

OK.

With the sudden onset of numbness and weakness in the arm, I'm worried about a small stroke here. Please get checked out immediately.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
What is a small stroke?

If it has recovered, I'm worried about "TIA" -- transient ischemic attack.

Often called a "mini-stroke" -- it can be a precursor to a real stroke.

Please get checked out.

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