I really hurt my arm. I am going to the doctor, but I'm curious about people's general experiences with this type of injury, treatments, length of recovery, and general speculation about just what I did to myself, since it seems like I did several different things at once. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Feb 4, 2014 -
I have herniated discs in my neck that have resulted in some nerve issues in my left arm, with my hand as the latest victim. Specifically the last three fingers on my left hand have not been 100% lately. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits
on Dec 6, 2013 -
Are there mythological figures with three, four, five, six, seven or eight arms? If so, what are their names? Note, I'm specifically looking for humanoid type figures with more than two arms, not beasts such as Cerberus, the three headed dog or Hekatonkheires, the hundred eyed or headed giants. We're just talking arms here. I need to name a few things.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jun 13, 2013 -
You're not my doctor of course, but what could this be? I've been having a weird pain in my left arm all day. Details within.... [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 30, 2013 -
I have a mess of ad-hoc backup systems, none of which “just work”. I would like to have a NAS that quietly backs up the cross-platform content I have, and also mirrors it online securely. I should probably budget for about 1-2 TB. I have no problem doing geeky setup stuff, but the less routine stuff I have to remember, the better. System details follow. [more inside]
posted by scruss
on Feb 10, 2013 -
60-year-old house, trap arm and drain/vent are galvanized, trap arm is rusty and I want to remove it. Or should I cut it, or hire someone to do it for me? [more inside]
posted by davejay
on Jan 17, 2013 -
I work with a person that routinely has bubble shaped rounded bumps on the underside of their fore arms. The bumps are approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter and ~ 1/2 inch high. The person generally has two bumps on each fore arm. Some days, there are no bumps. They don't seem to bother this person in any way. I have not asked them about this condition. The person has not mentioned anything about it and I don't want to embarrass the person by inquiring. I do know that this person has a child that is diabetic.
I'm curious as to what type of medical condition, medication or injections that might generate this type of symptom.
I could not find anything like it on Google searches...
posted by Jim Young
on Jan 13, 2013 -
What exactly is an "arm chair philosopher", and how is that different from a 'philosopher'?
posted by SarcasticSeraph
on Sep 13, 2012 -
¡Left Handed Typing Alert! After a week of basic tenderness/muscle pull feeling centered between my shoulderblades, I've awoken today with an incredibly acute pain that's basically taken away the use of my right (dominant) arm. Help me pre-game the upcoming doctor's appointment to try and narrow down/assuage the cause as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by Cold Lurkey
on Aug 22, 2012 -
What’s the best way to conceal or remove a very large, visible birthmark? What makeup should I use, and how do I apply it? Birthmark and makeup details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 23, 2012 -
Does anyone have any background on how nerve damage (or nerve something) can atrophy muscles? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu
on Jan 31, 2012 -
Home Loans Question: How can we possible afford the mortgage on a 500k house with only ten percent down? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit
on Sep 26, 2011 -
YANMD, YANAD. But, do you have any idea what might be going on with my hand/arm/fingers? General description: sharp, acute pain and lack of mobility, followed by growing tingling, burning, itching sensation. WAY more details inside. [more inside]
posted by strixus
on Jun 1, 2011 -
My girlfriend just broke her arm a few inches above the elbow (spiral fracture). She's currently in a splint and will possibly get a plate and pins in a few days. She works at a desk job, which she will return to after a week or two of rest. What can we do to make life easier (tips, special equipment, etc)?
posted by MeowForMangoes
on Mar 19, 2011 -
Followup to this
I need surgery on my elbow to move the ulnar nerve, which is getting trapped by heterotopic ossification (extra bone inside the elbow arising from an old fracture.) Here's the wrinkle: there are two different surgeries I could have, and I have to choose which one I want -- today. [more inside]
posted by escabeche
on Mar 1, 2011 -
One of my 4-year old students broke his arm on Saturday, and is now in a cast. The parents, and school directors, are encouraging him to still come to gym class (which I teach), and play soccer and run around.
Am I alone in thinking this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by hasna
on Feb 6, 2011 -
YANMD (and I am going to see one): Numbness in right arm and leg? No shooting pains, and I can use them both, but there's a general feeling of limbs falling asleep. [more inside]
posted by cadge
on Jan 5, 2010 -
Why does this trick work? Turn your palm face up. To turn your palm face down you must twist your wrist, right? But if you do six simple moves you can turn your palm face down without twisting your wrist. The trick appears at the beginning of this talk by Lennart Green
but can also be done backwards
posted by twoleftfeet
on Oct 31, 2009 -
What is happening with my arm? Suddenly the bicep feels really tight and is sensitive and painful to touch. [more inside]
posted by molecicco
on Oct 11, 2009 -
Mortgage filter: is there any reason I shouldn't
get a 5/1 ARM at a slightly lower interest rate than the 30-year fixed option? [more inside]
posted by halogen
on Nov 20, 2008 -
How can I get used to wearing a wristwatch?
I have not worn one for a while (4 years) because of an inability to get used to them. Now it is a requirement that I wear one.
posted by ooklala
on Sep 19, 2008 -
My fiancée has been experiencing pretty severe pain in her left shoulder, arm and hand for about the last two weeks. She saw our family doctor last week and has another appointment tomorrow. We're looking for some more pointed questions to ask. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Sep 10, 2008 -
My turn: what movie have I been thinking about for the past 15 years or so? The only scene I can remember is some guy getting his hand chopped off in a cave or dungeon. [more inside]
posted by Venadium
on Jul 28, 2008 -
"Cold" feeling along both sides of my forearm, becoming achy. Doctor's appointment already made, but now I'm researching for ideas on relief -- and nothing seems to quite fit the symptoms! [more inside]
posted by subbes
on Jul 8, 2008 -
i was in a very bad car accident this weekend and smashed my dominant hand and my non dominant shoulder. i've been told my dominant hand may not regain full functionality. any tips on getting through the next few weeks/months? any good car accident recovery stories? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer
on May 27, 2008 -
Standard adult male body, but I have skinny upper arms. Suggestions for a workout to add some mass, specifically from elbows up? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper
on May 17, 2008 -
I broke my humerus and now have a great big cast. I am concerned about the fact that I can feel some movement at times. Specifically, if I try to rotate my elbow (not the curl/uncurl motion, but side-to-side), I feel like the arm moves but in reality it doesn't (observably move). That makes me worry that the bones may be moving ... in which case how can they heal together? Also, do the cast covers for showering work? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish
on Apr 22, 2008 -
How can I found out how many homes in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay in particular) were financed with Pay Option ARM mortgages? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1
on Dec 24, 2007 -
I am wondering why my right arm randomly goes numb for no reason at all. I don't lift anything heavy or anything of that sort, so what could it possibly be?
Some of my friends seem to think these are early signs of a possible stroke or a heart attack but I can't really buy that since I am 22 years old, fairly relaxed with a normal amount of a stress than any college student would have.
I also take no medications, I live a fairly normal lifestyle.
posted by cheero
on Aug 5, 2007 -
MutantFilter: For as long as I can remember, I've had what I thought was a muscle missing in my upper right arm. I've never seen anyone else with this, nor have I been able to figure out if that's it for sure. Anyone who knows something about anatomy want to take a look at this? (Pictures included.) [more inside]
posted by flod logic
on May 29, 2007 -
A few weeks ago while playfully wrestling around at a family gathering, I was basically tackled and a knee landed on my arm, pinning it to the ground. I did not have blinding pain or anything, but for a few days after that my arm and shoulder were pretty sore, and I've had trouble reaching behind my upper back with that arm. If it seems like it's getting a little better with time (though I'm still having trouble reaching around with it to my upper back), do I need to see a doctor or will it just get better on its own? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect
on Apr 12, 2007 -
I've noticed on some old turntables there's a kind of arm-like thing that can be put above the disk, and it's not the reading head, it's smaller and seems to have a spring...
What is that for??
posted by PowerCat
on Feb 19, 2007 -