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

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

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.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

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  3. 3.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
  4. 4.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
  5. 5.Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

    Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is soreness or pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow.

    2-3 weeks and up to 12 months

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    elbow pain, pain in one elbow, hand weakness, pain in the thumb side of the elbow, elbow pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis):
    elbow pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Thumb 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 Thumb Side of the Forearm Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 6% Thumb Pain
    • 6% Elbow Pain
    • 4% Pain in One Shoulder
  • People who have experienced pain in the thumb 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 thumb side of the forearm were most often matched with:

    • 60% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 20% Non - Specific Forearm Pain
    • 20% Forearm Strain From a Repetitive Injury
  • 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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