Sudden Weakness in Left Arm/Shoulder?

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    Nov 15, 2007 4:22 PM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    I've been lifting for a few years now, no problems at all. I'm not using a lot of weight nor do I lift aggressively, just trying to stay fit and toned. I've increased the weight is use slightly as my strength increases, but nothing dramatic or quick. I'm actually in the best physical shape of my life!

    Well all of a sudden, my left side seems totally weak and imbalanced compared to my right. It's so strange because there has been no pain or discomfort at all, just a bizarre weakness/lack of coordination in my left arm doing shoulder and chest workouts. I feel strong and solid, but suddenly I find myself totally incapable of doing even half the weight I've been doing for the past 6 months with ease!

    Has anyone else experienced anything like this or advice as to what may be going on?

    Thanks!
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    Nov 15, 2007 8:34 PM GMT
    first thing that comes to my mind is a mini-stroke. you should have it checked to determine whatever it is. that's weird.
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    Nov 15, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    SEE A DOCTOR NOW.

    Could be something as simply as indigestion or something much much worse.

    Do not wait.

    Take 1/2 aspirin if it gets sharp, and head to the ER.
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    Nov 16, 2007 1:02 AM GMT
    these sound like Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs), often called "mini-strokes".
    Next time it happens you must follow stroke protocol, even though the moment is fleeting.

    You may have just experienced a "mini-stroke" - it probably felt like your muscles were "plucked" like a tightened elastic making your arm bounce (or feel like it did even though it may not have) - maybe it rose up to shoulder height. you were curious at the sensation and may even have thought "what was that? I hope it does it again; it felt interesting"

    If it recurs, you want to get to an ER and tell them you think you just had another in a series of TIAs. You will be whisked into a CT scanner, particularly if you show any other signs but let's not get ahead of ourselves...

    That scan will show if you just had a mini stroke or not.

    IF INTERVENTION CAN BE MADE WITHIN A 2 HOUR WINDOW and certain other criteria are met a clotbusting drug can be administered that can prevent brain injury.

    So:

    If it happens again do not ignore it, follow stroke protocol:

    DO NOT DRIVE yourself to hospital. Call or have someone call 911 and tell them you've had a TIA.
    Never waste time driving yourself - the ambulance is an ER on wheels - let it come to you and you'll be triaged [given priority] enroute

    Remember this acronym:
    F - if one side of the face goes numb or droops call 911
    A - if your ARM or leg goes suddenly weak or numb - call 911
    S - if your SPEECH goes slurry or becomes gibberish - call 911
    T - TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!!

    Also beware of sudden changes in vision - like momentary double-vision.
    Know the signs - stroke is not only for old people, smokers or for the overweight and out of shape.


    If it is a false alarm you've lost an afternoon. If not you've saved yourself months of rehabilitation and a lifetime of - well a whole different lifetime.
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    Nov 16, 2007 1:15 AM GMT
    Check with your family doc - this could be a first symptom of myasthenia gravis, MS, ALS, etc. They'll likely send you for an EMG test and/or CT/MRI.
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    Nov 16, 2007 2:43 AM GMT
    Thanks FC for the excellent posticon_wink.gif
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    Nov 16, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
    Wow, thanks guys! Well the consensus is to immediately get to a Dr. so that's exactly what I'm going to do no matter what. I haven't felt any numbness, tingling, or anything else unusual...just the odd loss of strength in my left arm/shoulder. All the coordination is still there, and its been a consistent problem since last week, not a fleeting thing. And the crazy thing is overall I feel great, no pain, discomfort, nothing like that at all!

    Anyway, thanks SO much for the great posts guys, I'll let you know what I find out next week!