I think my arm is not a part of my body

Posted by Simon R. Downes on

I think I have a problem. I think my arm is not a part of my body. I feel as if my arm isn’t mine. I talked to psychiatrists about this and they tried to figure out my problem but it has been months and I still feel this way and seen no improvement. It drives me insane having to look at my arm. I’m looking at it and its attached to me, but it doesn’t feel like it is my arm. I don’t really know how to explain it. What can I do?

You are saying that psychiatrists have not been able to make you feel your arm is yours / or classify you with a certain disorder.

If this is a recent feeling, eg a few months, and psychiatrists have ruled out a psychological disorder, I would recommend you see a neurologist. It could be that a nerve injury or neurotransmitter problem is causing you to feel your arm is not yours.

Another possibility is a brachial plexus injury that may have caused temporary muscular or nervous injury.

One thing is for sure: something is not right. You need to rule out everything so you can come to a conclusion. TV depicts medicine as an exact science but in reality, it is not.

In medical school, we learn how to fit patients into particular categories by ruling out things and considering differential diagnoses for a particular set of symptoms.

In your case, you will need to come to your own conclusions based on seeing a number of specialists.

The final diagnosis may be one you will not like - but could be one you could deal with.

One possible diagnosis could be that it is psychosomatic - a real physical condition brought on by an internal conflict or stress. But this is not something to be taken lightly.

Please learn all you can and come back if I can be of more help.


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