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What Causes Numbness And Tingling Sensation In The Right Arm?

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Posted on Thu, 9 Nov 2017
Question: I have some slight numbness and tingling that comes and goes in my right arm what would be the cause of it
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Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka (52 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Nerve compression more likely.

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

It might be useful if you provided some more detail about the distribution of these tingling sensations and any particular circumstances they appear in.

Tingling and numbness sensation generally indicate nerve damage. Nerve damage may be due to many causes such as compression, metabolic and toxic damage, malnutrition etc. However given the fact it is only on one side nerve compression would be more likely. That may be due to nerve root compression in the neck from spinal degenerative changes or from compression elsewhere in the nerve trajectory due to trauma, abnormal posture etc.
Rarely it might be due to blood vessel issues but usually in that case there are other local signs such as lack of pulse, change in skin color and local temperature etc.
Brain related causes are unlikely given that description of tingling sensations coming and going, but when the rest is excluded at times seizures or transitory ischemic attacks may also be considered.

I remain at your disposal from other questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Olsi Taka (22 hours later)
would that also cause blurred vision at times and sore muscles at top back shoulder area .
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Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello again!

The sore muscles at the shoulder area may be related, they would indicate a spinal issue which may cause nerve root compression and muscle tension and spasms.

The blurred vision is unlikely to be related another cause should be sought about it. The one neurological condition which might tie them up would be multiple sclerosis, but very rarely manifests after the age of 50, at your age that is almost impossible.

Let me know if I can further assist you.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Olsi Taka (24 hours later)
what would u recommend for me to do to get rid of this problem .
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Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka (2 hours later)
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Detailed Answer:
If the issue is caused from a neck issue then the best initial treatment would be physical therapy to strengthen neck muscles in order to better support the spine.

However before speaking of management one has to confirm the diagnosis first. For that a neurological physical exam for other neurological signs is necessary, followed according to findings by possibly neck imaging or nerve conduction studies.

I hope to have been of help.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Causes Numbness And Tingling Sensation In The Right Arm?

Brief Answer: Nerve compression more likely. Detailed Answer: I read your question carefully and I understand your concern. It might be useful if you provided some more detail about the distribution of these tingling sensations and any particular circumstances they appear in. Tingling and numbness sensation generally indicate nerve damage. Nerve damage may be due to many causes such as compression, metabolic and toxic damage, malnutrition etc. However given the fact it is only on one side nerve compression would be more likely. That may be due to nerve root compression in the neck from spinal degenerative changes or from compression elsewhere in the nerve trajectory due to trauma, abnormal posture etc. Rarely it might be due to blood vessel issues but usually in that case there are other local signs such as lack of pulse, change in skin color and local temperature etc. Brain related causes are unlikely given that description of tingling sensations coming and going, but when the rest is excluded at times seizures or transitory ischemic attacks may also be considered. I remain at your disposal from other questions.