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9 Potential Pain in the Back Side of the Forearm Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Non - Specific Forearm Pain

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

    1-2 days

    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
  4. 4.Chest Pain That Shoots to the Back

    Chest pain radiating to the back can be dangerous (a sign of a heart attack or damage to the aorta) or relatively minor (acid reflux). Distinguishing between the two needs a doctor's touch. You should go see one as soon as possible!

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    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain that spreads to the back, chest pain that spreads to the shoulders and/or arms, chest pain that spreads to the neck and/or jaw, chest pain, chest pain upon exertion
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  5. 5.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue.

    Fibromyalgia is generally a lifelong condition

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, arthralgias or myalgias, anxiety, depressed mood, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with fibromyalgia:
    arthralgias or myalgias
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.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
  8. 8.Post - Traumatic Brain Injury Syndrome

    After a concussion or traumatic brain injury, the brain needs time to recover. In many cases, people suffer symptoms like headache and fatigue for years after the initial injury.

    The majority of recovery is within 2 years of injury.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, daytime sleepiness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Back Side of the Forearm

  • Q.How would you explain your forearm pain?
  • 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.About your [forearm], do you notice:
  • 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.)

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Pain in the Back Side of the Forearm Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the back side of the forearm have also experienced:

    • 8% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 5% Elbow Pain
    • 5% Forearm Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in the back side of the forearm had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced pain in the back side of the forearm were most often matched with:

    • 35% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 16% Non - Specific Forearm Pain
  • 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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