Arm Numbness

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  • Pins and needles after sleeping in an awkward position

  • Numbness from the shoulder to the elbow

  • Numbness from elbow to wrist

  • I have numbness in my left arm

  • Numbness in the hands if I turn to look left or right

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It describes a loss of sensation or feeling from the shoulder to the hand.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Numb arm

Possible causes

  • Neuropathic pain

    Neuropathic pain is a type of pain caused by nerve damage or a problem with the nervous system. it's characterized by burning, tingling, sharp, or stabbing pain (even if touched gently) which can be continuous or intermittent (comes and goes) and worse at rest or night. Common causes of neuropathic pain include viral infections, cancer, vascular malformations, alcoholism, diabetes nerve pressure or nerve damage after surgery or trauma, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

  • Chronic pain

    Pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety.

  • Diabetic neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occurs in those with long-term diabetes. High blood sugar can damage nerves throughout the body, most commonly in the legs and feet.

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL)

  • Spinal cord tumor

Related serious diseases

  • Hypocalcemia

    Hypocalcemia occurs when the levels of calcium in the blood are too low. It’s often caused by abnormal levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) or vitamin D in the body.

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperkalemia

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have numbness in your arms?

  • Do you have numbness from your elbow to your wrist?

  • Do you have numbness from the shoulder to elbow?

  • Did you maintain a specific position which compressed your nerve(s)? An example would be sleeping on your arm, causing pins and needles.

  • Do you have numbness when you bend your neck?

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