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Pain in Both Forearms Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your pain in both forearms symptoms, including 9 causes and common questions.

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  1. 9 Possible Pain In Both Forearms Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

9 Possible Pain In Both Forearms Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain in both forearms. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Thoracic outlet syndrome

The "thoracic outlet" is the space on either side of the base of the neck where nerves, arteries, and veins travel beneath the collarbone. If these become compressed or damaged, the condition is called thoracic outlet syndrome or TOS.

The most common causes are trauma, such as a car accident or fall; and repetition or overuse, such as a sports injury.

Symptoms vary depending on the structures being compressed:

  • Neurogenic TOS affects the nerves. It is the most common form and creates numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the arms, hand, and fingers.
  • Vascular TOS affects the arteries and veins. It creates the same symptoms as neurogenic TOS as well as cold, pale hands and arms with weak pulse.

It is important to see a medical provider about these symptoms so that the damage does not become permanent.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, imaging such as x-ray or ultrasound, and sometimes nerve conduction and blood flow studies.

Treatment involves physical therapy, pain relievers, and sometimes surgery.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, arm weakness, arm numbness, pain in one shoulder blade

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by compression of the mediannerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel. Causes include overuse of the wrist and hand, especially highly repetitive activities such as typing or working on an assembly line. Injuries can damage the carpal tunnel, as can arthritis, diabetes, and obesity.

Symptoms include(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/weakness-in-both-hands/) when trying to hold an object. Carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time and may lead to permanent damage if not addressed.

Treatment options include supportive devices, stretching exercises, medications, and surgery.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, weakness in one hand, pain in both hands

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Brachial plexopathy (shoulder nerve issue)

The brachial plexus is a web of nerves between the neck and shoulder, connecting the spinal cord nerves to the arm. There is one web on each side of the neck. Any injury that forces the shoulder to stretch down, and the neck to stretch up and away, can damage these nerves and cause brachial plexopathy.

Sports injuries and car accidents are often involved. Inflammation, tumors, and radiation treatment can also damage the brachial plexus.

Milder symptoms include numbness and weakness in the arm, with a shocklike stinging or burning sensation. A more severe injury can cause paralysis and loss of feeling in the arm, with pain in some parts of the arm, hand, and shoulder.

These symptoms should be seen by a medical provider since permanent damage can result if the injuries are not treated.

Diagnosis is made through electromyography (EMG) testing, CT scan, MRI, and sometimes angiogram.

Treatment usually involves rest and physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary to remove scar tissue or repair the damaged nerves.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: pain in one arm, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness, numbness in one arm, shoulder pain

Symptoms that never occur with brachial plexopathy (shoulder nerve issue): pain in the front middle part of the neck

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Acute forearm bone infection (osteomyelitis)

Osteomyelitis of the forearm is a bacterial or fungal infection of the bone, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: moderate fever, spontaneous forearm pain, constant forearm pain, warm and red forearm swelling, painful surgical site

Symptoms that always occur with acute forearm bone infection (osteomyelitis): spontaneous forearm pain, constant forearm pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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Forearm strain from a repetitive injury

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

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

Non-specific wrist pain

Wrist pain is common. Repetitive motion can damage your wrist. Everyday activities like typing, racquet sports or sewing can cause pain, or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, wrist pain doesn't identify with a single process.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: pain in one wrist, spontaneous wrist pain

Symptoms that always occur with non-specific wrist pain: pain in one wrist

Symptoms that never occur with non-specific wrist pain: severe wrist pain

Urgency: Self-treatment

Contusion of the wrist

A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the wrist are common, often due to minor injuries.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: wrist injury, pain in one wrist, wrist pain from an injury, swelling of one wrist, wrist bruise

Symptoms that always occur with contusion of the wrist: wrist injury

Urgency: Self-treatment

Wrist sprain

Wrist sprain is often associated with traumatic events such as falls or sporting accidents. However, wrist sprain can also stem from chronic issues such as repetitive stress and the normal aging process. The wrists are so necessary and used so frequently that sometimes it may be difficult to differentiate simple aches and pains from a wrist sprain that requires prompt medical attention.

Symptoms include.

Treatments may include practicing better form when using the wrists, protecting the wrists themselves, limiting dangers in your home or environment, applying ice or heat, and taking calcium supplements and over-the-counter painkillers. Physical therapy, surgery, or a prescription for anticonvulsants may also be recommended.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: wrist injury, wrist pain, wrist pain from an injury, swollen wrist, pain in the back of the wrist

Symptoms that always occur with wrist sprain: wrist injury

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Severe wrist pain

Severe arm pain should be checked out with imaging and a physical exam by a doctor.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: severe wrist pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain In Both Forearms

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • How would you explain your forearm pain?
  • 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.)
  • What is your body mass?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Pain In Both Forearms Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced pain in both forearms have also experienced:

  • 6% Pain In Both Hands
  • 4% Weakness In Both Hands
  • 3% Swelling Of Both Forearms

People who have experienced pain in both forearms were most often matched with:

  • 40% Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • 30% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • 30% Brachial Plexopathy (Shoulder Nerve Issue)

People who have experienced pain in both forearms had symptoms persist for:

  • 29% Over a month
  • 25% Less than a day
  • 25% Less than a week

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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