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Arm numbness

Arm numbness: Introduction

Numbness usually arises from damage or disease of nerves. Numbness is often associated with or preceded by abnormal pain-like sensations often described as pins-and-needles, prickling or burning sensations called paresthesias; see arm paresthesias. Any numbness or abnormal sensations need prompt professional medical advice....more »

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Causes of Arm numbness:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Arm numbness. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Arm numbness

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Causes of Types of Arm numbness:

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Arm numbness: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Arm numbness, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Arm numbness Treatments

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Stories from Users for Arm numbness

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Message Boards for Arm numbness

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Diagnostic tests for Arm numbness:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Arm numbness. Some of these are listed below :

  • General appearance - abnormal posture, muscle wasting, abnormal arm movements.
  • Physical examination
    • May be necessary to examine a variety of joints including the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow , wrists and the various joints of the hand
    • Test muscle tone, power, reflexes and co-ordination of upper limbs
    • Test sensation of upper limbs - including pain , touch , temperature and vibration sensation.
  • more tests...»

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Medications or substances causing Arm numbness:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Arm numbness as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Arm numbness: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Arm numbness may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Arm numbness

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Arm numbness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Arm numbness: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Arm numbness

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Arm numbness: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Arm numbness: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Organs affected by Arm numbness:

The list of organs typically affected by Arm numbness may include, but is not limited to:

  • Arm
  • Arm nerves

Detailed list of causes of Arm numbness

The list below shows some of the causes of Arm numbness mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Arm numbness?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Arm numbness. Of the 71 causes of Arm numbness that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 3 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 3 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 68 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Arm numbness:

The following list of conditions have 'Arm numbness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Arm numbness:

The following list of medical conditions have Arm numbness or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.



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Causes of Arm numbness Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Arm numbness based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Arm numbness?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Arm numbness, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Arm numbness:

    Subtypes of Arm numbness:

    Hand numbness (39 causes), Finger numbness (32 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Arm numbness:

    Arm symptoms (1619 causes), Numbness (497 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Limb symptoms (3592 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Leg symptoms (2751 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Arm numbness:

    Arm paresthesia (68 causes), Arm burning (20 causes), Arm pain (133 causes), Arm symptoms (1619 causes), Arm injury, Arm tingling (21 causes), Arm numbness (71 causes), Elbow symptoms (140 causes), Hand symptoms (2016 causes), Finger symptoms (1615 causes), Nerve injury, Nerve compression, Nerve entrapment, Brachial plexus

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    Medical News summaries about Arm numbness

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Arm numbness

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