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8 Potential Pain in One Arm 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.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
  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.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
  4. 4.Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Crps)

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition which may happen after an injury, either to a nerve or to tissue in the affected area. It causes intense pain, usually in the arms, hands, legs, or feet.

    Unfortunately, CRPS is a life-long condition that may get worse over time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, pain in one leg, pain in one foot, tremor, fatigue
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Compartment Syndrome

    Compartment syndrome is a serious condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment. It can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow.

    Prognosis is highly variable after surgery and depends on how rapidly you are treated.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    arm numbness, hand numbness, foot numbness, pain in one leg, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.Fibrosarcoma

    The connective tissue found at the ends of bones of the arm or legs can change significantly with aging. Some of these changes can become a serious health risk.

    Prognosis is highly variable and a consultation from a specialist may be required to determine the outlook.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    neck bump, pain in one knee, abdominal bump, hard palpable mass, spontaneous bone pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    Curable with total treatment lasting 8-12 months

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, new headache, fever, rib pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Klippel - Trenaunay Syndrome

    Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is a condition that affects the development of blood vessels, soft tissues and bones. The disorder has three characteristic features: a red birthmark, abnormal overgrowth of soft tissues and bones and malformations of veins.

    The cause of this condition is currently unknown, and it is considered irreversible. However, symptoms can be very effectively managed with various treatments or procedures.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, unexplained/excessive bleeding from cuts or wounds, pain in one leg, swollen ankle, rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in One Arm

  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.About your [shoulder], do you notice any of the following?

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Pain in One Arm Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in one arm have also experienced:

    • 14% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 7% Rib Pain on One Side
    • 4% Rib Pain
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