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Why am I getting tingling sensation in arm?

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What is the reason for a sudden first time tingling pain that is fast in the right arm?
I had another one that felt a little more painful.. Just now about 20 minutes apart.. The second one felt more like pain in the hand.. And again it quickly went away
Posted Wed, 6 Mar 2013 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 2 hours later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Tingling or abnormal sensations in any aspect of the body is referred to as paresthesia.
Paresthesia occurs as a result of reversible or irreversible injury or inflammation to a nerve that is responsible to for sensation in a particular segment of the body.
In the upper limb there are approximately 9 different nerves that must be considered in paresthesia.
In terms of the arm the nerves that could potentially be involved would be the axillary nerve, suprascapular nerve and nerve roots emerging from the neck.
In the hands: the radial , ulnar or median nerve.

Damage can occur to any of these nerves at variable points such as at the shoulder, in the neck (the nerve roots), in the forearm or at the elbow.

Some persons experience tingling due to injury or arthritis in the neck impacting on the nerves as they emerge. Others may have what is known as a cervical rib which is an extra rib that is present in the neck, its presence is not known until it presents with tingling or pain.
Nerves can also become compressed at different points in the upper limb due to any swelling, cysts.

To determine the cause of the paresthesia, your doctor will need to determine which nerve is involved. This is determined via physical examination since , as stated earlier, each nerve has a particular area to supply.
After determining the nerve involved that the possible site of injury/inflammation is looked at.
Investigations such as x rays and nerve conduction studies may be necessary.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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