Tingling in Right Arm

Tingling is a prickly feeling or sensation. Tingling in right arm can occur due to nerve constriction, injuries, vascular conditions, or other factors. Additional symptoms experienced by patients include numbness, weakness of right arm and fingers, etc.

Treatment of tingling in right arm is done as per underlying cause. As it can occur due to serious pre-existing disorders, all patients need to visit a doctor for diagnosis and treatment if necessary. Minor instances may be corrected via self-care measures like avoiding overuse of the right hand and correct typing posture, etc. Injury-triggered tingling in right arm is treated with painkillers, physical therapy, and varied drugs. Severe injuries may require surgical repair and restoration.

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Symptoms of Tingling in Right Arm

Tingling in right arm may occur along with below listed signs and symptoms:

  • Dry skin
  • Dry eyes
  • Multiple sclerosis patients may suffer from vision problems
  • Sore muscles
  • Receding hairline, hair loss
  • Allergic reactions
  • Right arm numbness
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Hands and fingers may elicit weakness
  • Discoloration of right arm; it may turn white, bluish, and then red
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness or fainting
  • Chronic and recurrent pain in right arm or other body areas

Causes of Tingling in Right Arm

Tingling in right arm is not a condition by itself, but is rather a symptom of some other underlying ailment. Some of the common causes of tingling in right arm are listed below:

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  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: People with this wrist condition suffer from increased force or constriction of nerves occurring near the wrist. The exact cause is not known, but certain factors like being overweight, obesity, long-term stress on wrist due to activities like typing, etc., arthritis, and diabetes may increase the risk to development of carpal tunnel syndrome.
    • In addition to tingling in right arm or both arms, affected people may also elicit right arm pain, numbness in right arm, etc.
    • Treatment includes use of wrist immobilization and/or rest, painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy. Doctors may opt for surgery if the above treatments do not work.
  • Nutritional deficits: Tingling in right arm may occur due to deficiencies in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, etc., and vitamins B, C, D, B5, B2, and B12. There may be tingling in the fingers as well.
    • Intake of a vitamin and minerals rich healthy diet as well as supplements suggested by doctor can help overcome nutrition deficiencies.
  • Pinched/compressed nerve: Pinched nerve in the right arm can occur due to injuries/trauma of the hand, trauma/injury of the nerves present in right arm, or underlying inflammatory condition of the nerves.
    • Besides tingling in right arm, patients may elicit symptoms like burning sensations, pain, and weakness in affected hand.
    • Treatment of pinched nerve is dependent on the cause. In most cases, it can be alleviated with painkiller, anti-inflammatory drugs, and rest. Surgery may be required if all else fails.
  • Raynaud’s syndrome: It is a condition marked by decreased blood supply to certain areas of the body, especially the extremities like the fingers, toes, nose, and ears, etc. It occurs due to spasms of arteries which provide blood to the affected tissues and is usually triggered by exposure to cold climates and/or stress.
    • Affected people may elicit tingling in right arm, discoloration of the affected areas of the body, and numbness
    • Treatment involves alleviation of symptoms with breathing and relaxation techniques, massage, and medicines. Avoiding cold weather can help prevent the adverse symptoms. Surgery may be required in severe cases.
  • Ruptured disc: Displacement or dislodgement of any of the discs present between two vertebral bones of the spinal cord is known as ruptured disc or herniated disc. It can cause the disc to protrude and pinch/compress certain nerves, thereby resulting in numbness, pain, and tingling in right arm or both hands as well as the legs. These symptoms can often radiate to the toes and fingers.
    • It is treated with painkillers, NSAIDS, and surgery in severe cases.
  • Multiple sclerosis: It is an immune system disorder wherein protective covering of nerves are misidentified as invaders and attacked by the immune system.
    • Patients may suffer from nerve function disturbances, damage of brain and spinal cord nerves, pain, and tingling in right arm, etc.
    • There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms with drugs and physical therapy.
  • Stroke: Stroke of the area of brain which is responsible for controlling actions/functions of the right arm may cause tingling in right arm and paralysis. When the left side of the brain and the blood vessels occurring therein experience a stroke, then patients may experience the many different symptoms of stroke, including tingling sensation in right arm.
    • It is treated with medications and surgery.
  • Other causes: Tingling in right arm may also occur due to underlying conditions like cervical disc disease, diabetes, kidney disease, migraine, peripheral neuropathy, and ganglion cysts, etc.
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