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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Forearm Numbness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced forearm numbness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow

    Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow is the compression of the ulnar nerve, causing numbness and/or weakness in the hands.

    Mild symptoms resolve on their own, severe disease resolves with surgery

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand, pain in one elbow, pain in one forearm
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Forearm Strain From a Repetitive Injury

    Repetitive strain injury of the forearm is caused by constantly using the wrist.

    Resolves with rest

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    forearm numbness, forearm weakness, forearm pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with forearm strain from a repetitive injury:
    forearm pain from overuse
    Symptoms that never occur with forearm strain from a repetitive injury:
    severe forearm pain, forearm injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Recovery time varies depending on treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, weakness in one hand, pain in both hands
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)

    A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is stopped.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, leg numbness, arm numbness, new headache, stiff neck
    Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack):
    bilateral weakness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  5. 5.Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels that run through the upper chest. It can occur as a result of trauma, surgery, growths in the body, or just randomly.

    Resolves with treatment (30% relapse)

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, arm weakness, arm numbness, pain in one shoulder blade
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Forearm Numbness

  • Q.Have someone feel for your pulse (at the wrist) on the side of your body that hurts. Now, turn your head to that side. Does the pulse go away? (This is known as the Adson's test.)
  • Q.Turn your head toward the side of your body that is hurting. Lift your head up as someone else pushes down on your head. Does this cause greater pain in your upper body? (This is known as Spurling's test.)
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Have you recently suffered a sudden, physical injury to your forearm?

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Forearm Numbness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced forearm numbness have also experienced:

    • 9% Hand Numbness
    • 5% Upper Arm Numbness
    • 5% Hand Tingling
  • People who have experienced forearm numbness had symptoms persist for:

    • 45% Less Than a Day
    • 19% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced forearm numbness were most often matched with:

    • 42% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow
    • 42% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 14% Forearm Strain From a Repetitive Injury
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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