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The last couple of weeks my right arm has been getting numb

By Anonymous September 15, 2017 - 6:32am
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

There are many possible causes of numbness and tingling, including:

Sitting or standing in the same position for a long time
Injuring a nerve (a neck injury may cause you to feel numbness anywhere along your arm or hand, while a low back injury can cause numbness or tingling down the back of your leg)
Pressure on the nerves of the spine, such as from a herniated disk
Pressure on peripheral nerves from enlarged blood vessels, tumors, scar tissue, or infection
Shingles or herpes zoster infection
Lack of blood supply to an area, such as from atherosclerosis, frostbite, or vessel inflammation
Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium in your body
A lack of vitamin B12 or other vitamin
Use of certain medicines
Nerve damage due to lead, alcohol, or tobacco, or from chemotherapy drugs
Radiation therapy
Animal bites
Insect, tick, mite, and spider bites
Seafood toxins

Numbness and tingling can be caused by other medical conditions, including:

Carpal tunnel syndrome (pressure on a nerve at the wrist)
Multiple sclerosis
Transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a "mini-stroke"
Underactive thyroid
Raynaud phenomenon (narrowing of the blood vessels, usually in the hands and feet)

Consider speaking with your physician,

September 15, 2017 - 8:58am
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