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Your Numbness in the Palm Side of the Forearm May Also be Known as:
Can't feel palm side of forearm
Loss of sensation on palm side of forearm
Palm side of forearm is numb

Top 10 Numbness in the Palm Side of the Forearm Causes

  1. 1.Viral (Norovirus) Infection

    Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that leads to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. These viruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. When the diarrhea and/or vomiting is severe, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness, urinating less frequently and dark urine.

    You can safely treat this condition at home. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids (Gatorade, Pediatlyte) to replace what is lost with diarrhea. If symptoms of dehydration occur or you are unable to keep down any liquids, seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    hidden: gastroenteritis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    severe abdominal pain, throbbing headache, severe headache, tarry stool
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Peptic Ulcer Disease

    A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of the stomach or the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum), which causes pain following meals or on an empty stomach.

    You should go see your doctor in the next few days for a sick visit. He/she will assess the need for certain tests (such as for a bacteria in the stomach and/or a procedure to take a picture of your stomach wall). He/she will definitely suggest taking an anti-acid medication, such as omeprazole, which you can take over-the-counter to help your pain.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, moderate abdominal pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Legionnaires' Disease

    Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria. You usually get it by breathing in mist from water that contains the bacteria, such as hot tubs, shower or air-conditioning units for large buildings. The bacteria do not spread from person to person.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours to get started with antibiotic treatment. Hospitalization may be required.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, muscle aches, fever, chills
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  4. 4.Influenza

    Influenza, or Flu, is an infection of the airway caused by the flu virus, which passes through the air and enters the body through the nose or mouth. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but the flu is usually more serious.

    If your flu-like symptoms are existing for less than 48 hours, it might be helpful to seek care by telephone or in a walk-in-clinic to get a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Most people will get better on their own by drinking lots of fluids and taking an over-the-counter medication such as acetominophen (Tylenol) to help with aches or fever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, cough, muscle aches
    Symptoms that never occur with influenza:
    headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  5. 5.Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)

    A collapsed lung happens when air enters the pleural space, the area between the lung and the chest wall. If it is a total collapse, it is called pneumothorax.

    You should go to the ER immediately as a pneumothorax can de-stabilize your ability to breathe and your blood flow from the heart. Diagnosis involves an immediate chest x-ray. Confirmation leads to different decisions on whether to treat the pneumothorax or let it heal naturally under doctor supervision.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    rib pain, shortness of breath, rib pain on one side, rib pain that gets worse when breathing, coughing, sneezing, or laughing, racing heart beat
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  6. 6.Urinary Tract Infection

    In women, the opening to the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is very close to the anus, and bacteria from the anus can easily escape and travel up the urethra. These bacteria can infect the bladder, and cause what is known as a urinary tract infection (UTI).

    You should go to your doctor, an urgent care, or a walk-in clinic to be treated. UTIs must be treated with antibiotics. It is important to get treated as soon as possible to avoid the infection from becoming worse and spreading. To prevent future UTIs, urinate frequently, wipe from front to back, and urinate after sex to rinse out bacteria.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pelvis pain, sudden urgency to urinate, urinary changes, abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that always occur with urinary tract infection:
    hidden: urinary changes: atrophy or inflammation
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  7. 7.Heart Attack in a Woman

    Most heart attacks happen when a clot in the coronary artery blocks the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart. Often this leads to an irregular heartbeat - called an arrhythmia - that causes a severe decrease in the pumping function of the heart.

    You should call 911.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, abdominal pain (stomach ache), pain in one arm, being severely ill, shortness of breath
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  8. 8.De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

    De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. If you have de Quervain's tenosynovitis, you will feel pain upon turning your wrist, grasping anything, or making a fist.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options. You can also reduce pain and swelling with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve).

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, hand weakness, thumb pain, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand
    Symptoms that always occur with de quervain's tenosynovitis:
    thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Non - Specific Forearm Pain

    Forearm pain can be caused by a host of things, but is often idiopathic (without cause).

    Your forearm pain is normal and unlikely to be caused by a serious illness. You can try over the counter pain medication like Tylenol. If the pain becomes severe, see a physician.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one forearm, spontaneous forearm pain
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific forearm pain:
    spontaneous forearm pain, pain in one forearm
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.Panic Disorder

    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror without true danger. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose you by interview. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medication may be beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, anxiety, abdominal pain (stomach ache), stomach bloating, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with panic disorder:
    anxiety, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Symptoms that never occur with panic disorder:
    agoraphobia
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Numbness in the Palm Side of the Forearm

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is your forearm numbness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Numbness in the Palm Side of the Forearm Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced numbness in the palm side of the forearm have also experienced:

    • 15% Muscle Aches
    • 7% Forearm Pain
    • 7% Diarrhea
  • People who have experienced numbness in the palm side of the forearm had symptoms persist for:

    • 40% Less Than a Day
    • 22% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced numbness in the palm side of the forearm were most often matched with:

    • 25% Viral (Norovirus) Infection
    • 8% Peptic Ulcer Disease
    • 8% Legionnaires' Disease

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