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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain in the Pinky Side of the Forearm

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

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

  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.Bruised Forearm

    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 forearm are common, often due to minor injuries.

    Bruises begin to heal within one week.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    constant forearm pain, pain in one forearm, forearm pain from an injury, forearm bruise, swelling of one forearm
    Symptoms that always occur with bruised forearm:
    forearm pain from an injury, constant forearm pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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

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  4. 4.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
  5. 5.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    facial redness, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

    Medial epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow) is similar to it's opposite cousin (Lateral Epicondylitis- Tennis Elbow). Both are caused by the overuse of the elbow, but this one is more frequent in golfers, bowlers, archers, and weight lifters.

    6-12 months depending on rest

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, pain in one elbow, elbow pain from overuse, pain in the pinky side of the elbow
    Symptoms that always occur with golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis):
    elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Pinky 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.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?

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Pain in the Pinky Side of the Forearm Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 7% Elbow Pain
    • 5% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 4% Dull Elbow Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in the pinky 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 pinky side of the forearm were most often matched with:

    • 42% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 42% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow
    • 14% Bruised Forearm
  • 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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