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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 28-10-2020, 22:20 Thread Starter
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I suddenly lost the use of my left arm

Iíve had problems with both shoulders , arthritis I think, I wake in the night frequently with a dead arm and pins and needles in My hands

Never during the day, phoned the Gp surgery, referred straightTo 111

Have now held on for over 20 minutes

Theyíve answered and I am better the use of my arm returning

But because Iíve had a TIA they Are concerned

Spoke to a doctor rather quicker than I held on for 111

Told me a list of symptoms I needed to phone back to 111! And maybe speak to my GP tomorrow

I think itís arthritic nerve damage but Iíve never experienced it in the day before

But it takes a long time for 111 to answer, if you think it is a stroke Or any emergency skip 111 and go straight to A&E

You really could be dead before they answer

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No help at all Sandra but I had a dead left arm and it was a trapped nerve according to two docs. Took about 12 hours to get almost full movement again but several days for full reticulation.

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Sandra, you know your own body the best and you have the knowledge and the experience to realise that if that problem recurs or goes not resolve you MUST follow it through. The ED is probably not the best place, your own GP has to be the start UNLESS it is so severe that it causes you real worry or serious disability over doing normal things.

You are well aware of the symptoms that mean that you MUST react as an emergency, TIA's can recur without any warning and can give odd symptoms, that really needs to be eliminated. Full blown CVA's can cause VERY serious problems within minutes...... you MUST summon 999 help if you have any suspicion - or perhaps Albert needs to be made aware of when he needs to exercise that lifesaving finger.

Keep your chin up and if the GP does not give you the assistance and guidance that you need (perhaps referral to an arthritis specialist or a neurologist) than you must escalate it (take Shadow down for a visit ?) until you believe that you are being listened to and given appropriate support.

You are very important to all of us (who else would Alan argue with ?&#128540

Look after yourself and please try to keep us informed.
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I suddenly lost the use of my left arm

Iíve had problems with both shoulders , arthritis I think, I wake in the night frequently with a dead arm and pins and needles in My hands

Never during the day, phoned the Gp surgery, referred straightTo 111

Have now held on for over 20 minutes

Theyíve answered and I am better the use of my arm returning

But because Iíve had a TIA they Are concerned

Spoke to a doctor rather quicker than I held on for 111

Told me a list of symptoms I needed to phone back to 111! And maybe speak to my GP tomorrow

I think itís arthritic nerve damage but Iíve never experienced it in the day before

But it takes a long time for 111 to answer, if you think it is a stroke Or any emergency skip 111 and go straight to A&E

You really could be dead before they answer

Sandra
Or getting the answer at A&E kills you.
As you know stroke treatment needs quick intervention to get the best results.

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I hope it IS 'just' arthritic damage Sandra but you must be very anxious knowing how long it takes to get a response.

If you're in any doubt, make it a 999 call.
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I hope it IS 'just' arthritic damage Sandra but you must be very anxious knowing how long it takes to get a response.

If you're in any doubt, make it a 999 call.
Or take yourself out of the equation, if it was Albert what would your advice be?

I use that tactic quite often with my better half, she can give really good advice for other people but is reticent to apply it to herself.

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You have bad memories of going to A&E Sandra. You really must put them to one side and realise that you were very unlucky. I and many others have been in and out quite safely. You could, of course, let the paramedics make the decision for you. One thing is certain, you should not dither and dally about things as potentially serious as this.

If Albert is anything like Chris, in that he leaves such decisions to you then perhaps a chat is appropriate? As you may remember, I had a full blown seizure in a restaurant and when I came round Chris was busy clearing all the vomit from the table and telling me I had made a terrible mess I was not in a position to think clearly and so we went back to the campsite!
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Crikey, I must've missed that Pat. It certainly proves one thing - Chris is not a man to panic in a crisis!

But sometimes you should!!
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Iím pretty certain itís inflammatory arthritis thatís affecting the nerves from my shoulder

It happens constantly throughout the night when I lie on either shoulder, Iím a wreck

Of course Iím not actually trying to use my arm in bed so it was really the first time I noticed loss of function, normally itís just a aching dead arm and pins and needles indicative of nerve damage

What really concerned me was the length of time waiting for111 to answer , once they had ,20 minutes or so later, they referred to a doctor who was there almost immediately, so all in all good except for the time taken to actually answer the phone

In January all those who require A&E will need to be triaged through 111, it worried me when I read that after the fiasco during Covid, it still worries me now

I think if I didnít already have inflammatory joints I would have been more concerned, but the doctor asked a lot of questions and seemed to agree that it was nerve inflammation around an inflamed joint, I perhaps trapped the nerve as I moved my arm

Which of course is why Iím on morphine patches 24/7

If any of you do Suspect stroke or heart attack go straight for an ambulance and skip 111

Sandra
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Sorry to hear this Sandra. I have no idea what it might be but glad to see you are alive and kicking still today

111 is a joke. As others have said though if you are in any doubt in future, dial 999. Best you get it looked at though. Can your GP arrange something?
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