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Top 6 Swelling of Both Arms Causes

  1. 1.Lyme Disease

    Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of a tick, which needs to latch on for a few days to transmit the bacteria. This infection can affect the skin, but more dangerously, the nervous system.

    You should see your doctor in the next few days to discuss symptoms and get treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, muscle aches, irritability, loss of appetite
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Vertebral Osteomyelitis

    Infection of the spinal bones (Vertebral Osteomyelitis) is caused by the spread of bacteria through the blood from another body part that lands in the spine. It's typically caused by bugs named Staph. Aureus (40-50% of the time), streptococci (12%), e.coli (9%), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (6%).

    You should go to the ER by car, where a doctor will perform blood tests to look for inflammation and signs of infection. Imaging with x-rays is a typical first step, but MRIs are the gold standard. If things are still not clear, a biopsy might be needed to look at what is going on in the spine. Treatment involves antibiotics either by mouth or by blood. Surgery is rarely needed unless there is an implant in the back.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    upper back pain, fever, chills, spontaneous neck or back pain, spontaneous mid back pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Valley Fever

    Coccidiodomycosis is an infection of the lung caused by a fungus found in the Southwestern part of the US, Northwestern part of Mexico, and some areas of South America. It is also known as Valley Fever.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours as the severity of Valley Fever varies. It can be diagnosed through testing and a treatment plan involving antifungal medication can be initiated.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, muscle aches, shortness of breath
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.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.

    You should seek medical care soon to determine whether the compression is of the nerve or the blood vessels. You may need imaging using x-rays, CTs of the blood streams, or MRIs. Treatment depends on the extent of the injury, but usually includes physical therapy. Surgical treatment may be required if a blood vessel is compressed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, arm weakness, pain in one shoulder blade, arm numbness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Hepatitis b

    Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hepatitis B infection, if confirmed by a blood test, is treated with prescription antiviral medication.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, headache
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Diabetic Neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a condition where pain, numbness, weakness, and motor loss occur in the limbs due to the effects of diabetes on the nerves.

    You should visit your primary care physician when convenient, a diagnosis can be made with testing. If diagnosed, your physician can create a treatment plan to manage the pain and motor restrictions that come with this condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Swelling of Both Arms

  • Q.How long has your upper arm been swollen?
  • Q.Is your upper arm swelling constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.About your [upper arm], do you notice:
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Swelling of Both Arms Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced swelling of both arms have also experienced:

    • 4% Pain in Both Shoulder Blades
    • 4% Pain in the Upper Arm
    • 4% Joint Stiffness
  • People who have experienced swelling of both arms had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 29% Over a Month
    • 21% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced swelling of both arms were most often matched with:

    • 3% Lyme Disease
    • 3% Vertebral Osteomyelitis
    • 3% Valley Fever

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