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Arm paresthesia Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Arm paresthesia. 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed numbness in your arm?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. What areas of the arm are affected by the numbness?

    Why: e.g. forearm, elbow, shoulder - can help determine which nerves are affected.

  3. Are both arms affected and is it symmetrical?

    Why: helps determine which nerves are affected e.g. peripheral neuropathy is symmetrical compared with individual nerve or nerve root disease which should be suspected if sensory loss is asymmetrical or confined to one limb.

  4. Is the hand also affected by the numbness?

    Why: helps to determine which nerves are affected.

  5. Is there a time of day when arm numbness is worse?

    Why: can help determine the cause of arm numbness' e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome is usually worse at night.

  6. Relieving factors?

    Why: helps to determine the cause of arm numbness e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms may be relieved by dangling the arm over the side of the bed.

  7. History of trauma?

    Why: e.g. whiplash injury - can determine possible cause of numbness , Brachial plexus injury.

  8. Past medical history?

    Why: diabetes and chronic renal failure can be a cause of peripheral neuropathy.

  9. Dietary history?

    Why: Vitamin B12 deficiency can be a cause of peripheral neuropathy.

  10. Medications?

    Why: some medications can cause peripheral neuropathy e.g. amiodarone, phenytoin, nitrofurantoin.

  11. Occupational history?

    Why: certain occupations requiring repetitive motions are at risk of causing work-induced overuse disorders e.g. process and meat workers are at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome due to rapid finger and wrist movement.

  12. Sexually transmitted disease history?

    Why: Tabes dorsalis of syphilis may be cause.

  13. Alcohol history?

    Why: can be a cause of peripheral neuropathy.

  14. Arm pain?

    Why: if also pain in the involved extremity this usually suggests herniated cervical disc , spinal cord tumor or cervical spondylosis. Other conditions to consider are brachial plexus neuropathy, thoracic outlet syndrome, cervical rib, Pancoast's tumor, Raynaud's disease, sympathetic dystrophy or various entrapment syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow.

  15. Arm weakness?
  16. Neck pain?
  17. Are there any other areas of the body which are numb?

    Why: E.g. numbness of the face would suggest a diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease, a mass in the brain, migraine or multiple sclerosis.

  18. Headaches?

    Why: may suggest migraine or mass in brain.

  19. Symptoms of stroke?
  20. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Arm paresthesia:

The following list of conditions have 'Arm paresthesia' 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 paresthesia:

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