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Hi, I think I've asked you a question before. But anyways today when I was driving, I was switching lanes so I turned my head and my body to look out my window. I only had my right hand on the wheel and when I turned my body I got this strong tingling in my hand and arm a little. But when I turned myself I really kind of stretched my arm a lot, so do you think it was just because I attached my arm a weird way? When I parked I tried that motion again, and I felt it again. But if I just turn my head and body I don't feel it, my arm has to be point out (like how it was on the wheel) and it has to be being stretched. It felt kinda funny for a couple minuets after. Idk why I'm so worried about it. But do you think it just happened because I stretched my arm, or do you think something is wrong?

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Hi, Trent,

Stretching the upper body with the arm fixed can sometimes stretch the nerves in the brachial plexus, the bundle of nerves in the armpit area.  I suspect this happened.  If this happens without you doing this unusual position, have the doctor do a good neurologic checkup just to be sure.

Good luck, Dr. Olson

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