Weird feeling in arms

Weird feeling in arms

 

Do you ever experience sudden weird feeling in arms? Are you curious to know what it could be? Well, there are a plenty of names and terms that you can give to this condition, some of them include numbness, tingling or a burning sensation. The medical term for this is paresthesia also known as ‘pins and needles’. It is a numb feeling you get when you don’t use your arm or leg for a long time or mostly when you sit on the legs or feet for too long. The causes of this can range from a simple thing as this to more complex conditions like permanent nerve damage especially if it is chronic and recurrent.

It is mostly likely to occur in the extremities such as arms, hands, feet, or legs but can be experienced anywhere in the body.

It is indeed an uncomfortable feeling; the affected area is sometimes referred to as ‘fallen asleep’. Continue reading to learn more

 

Causes

How is paresthesia diagnosed?

What is the treatment for paresthesia?

The bottom line

 

Causes

Let’s now have a look at some of the causes of this condition:

The causes can range from anything simple as falling asleep on the arm or leg to more complex ones like a pinched nerve and conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.

· Carpal tunnel syndrome:

It is a common cause. It is a medical condition in which the nerve that runs in your arm through your wrist undergoes compression or some kind of irritation. Carpal tunnel is a narrow passage formed by the connective tissue and bones that lie on your wrist.

Median nerve goes through this tunnel including some other tendons. This syndrome happens when this passage or tunnel narrows down due to any conditions like inflammation, it results in the compression of the nerve.

This syndrome puts some amount of pressure on the nerve inside. Sometimes this occurs when you move or use your finger or hands for a lot of time in the same position and movements.

This condition does not start suddenly, it tends to have a gradual course. You will initially start feeling numbness in your thumb and the fingers in your hand. It might be painful, but the main symptom is feeling weak and numb in the fingers to a degree where you cannot get the hold of the things in your hand, and you start dropping them.

CPS can be caused by any of the following:

  • Repetitive movements of the hands
  • Fracture of the wrist
  • RA (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Any chronic illness such as diabetes
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Retention of fluid

 

Treatment:

Initial treatment includes taking continuous and repetitive breaks during any movements of your hand and fingers that you must do over and over. You should avoid any activity that makes your numbness or pain worse. You can also use cold packs for your symptoms. It will decrease the pain and also the swelling. Other common ways to treat this syndrome is using a wrist splint in order to hold your wrist and hand in position. You can take NSAIDS which will reduce the pain. If the pain is worse, you can also get a corticosteroid injection done. It will relieve the severity.

If your condition is severe, your physician might recommend a surgery for you to relieve the pressure on the nerve. The surgery is usually done when the symptoms don’t respond well to other treatment options or if the symptoms are very severe. 

 

· Pinched nerve:

When too much pressure is applied on a specific nerve it undergoes pressure, which results in a pinched nerve.

Any factor can put pressure on the nerve some of them include local compression by the bones, tendons or muscles or cartilage surrounding it. This results in the disruption of the nerve’s functions and causes pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling. It can take place in any body part.

 

Treatment:

It can also be the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica symptoms. Some of the ways to alleviate the pain is to use hot or cold packs, rest, change the position or use over the counter medications like NSAIDS. Stretching can also help with the pain. It will help in relieving the pressure. Remember to not go harsh on the stretch, always be gentle. It will have a big impact and will improve your symptoms.

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you can also use a splint for the wrist. It can help you rest and protect your wrist at the same time. A splint can be worn at night to feel better.

The pinched nerve that is occasional is usually treatable at home. But sometimes, the damage is not reversible and it requires immediate medical care by a professional. Though this condition can be easily prevented at home in simple ways like using your affected part more properly and with caution. Never overwork the muscles.

 

· Peripheral neuropathy:

If you are a diabetic patient and you are experiencing numbness more often, nerve damage may be one of the main causes of it. This damage to the nerve is called as peripheral neuropathy. Persistent high blood sugar levels are one of the main causes behind it.

Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke can also be the cause of paresthesia. Tumors particularly that are located somewhere in the spine or brain can also cause it.

It is disorder that results in the malfunction of peripheral nerves of you nervous system. These nerves form a connection between the brain and spinal cord and rest of the body. It includes arms, hands, legs.

The main function of these nerves is to deliver any signal about the physical pain or any kind of sensation to your brain.

So, dysfunction in these nerves can cause abnormal signaling like sending the message of pain the brain when there is no pain or not sending the message when there is actually pain.

Any condition can result in the abnormal functioning, some of them include any kind of injury, a systemic abnormality, infection, or an inherited disease.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include tingling sensation in hands or feet, a feeling that you are wearing something tight like a glove, pain, numbness, not able to hold things in the hands.

 

Treatment:

It is important to know what is causing this condition and treatment focuses mainly on treating the underlying diseases. A doctor usually prescribes pain medicines like NSAIDs. It is very helpful for controlling pain. Some specific medicines are given according to the severity of the conditions and the type of symptoms. You can also use a splint if the peripheral neuropathy has affected any of your extremities like hands, feet, arms. In addition to these treatment options, it is always best to perform some home remedies. You can try massage and regular exercise.

 

· Herniated disc:

This condition happens when the soft part of the disk which is known as the nucleus slips off. It happens because of the cracked formed due to the damage causes in the outer side. This builds up a pressure in the nerves around, which can cause pain or numbness in arm.

 

Treatment

It includes over the counter medications to treat the pain. You can also try physical therapy. It sometimes requires surgery if the condition is worse.

 

· Radiculopathy:

It is defined as a condition in which the root of the nerve is compressed or inflamed because of any kind of irritation to it. It can be a result of various conditions like herniated disc which actually presses a nerve, any condition which results in narrowing of canal that transmits nerves from the spinal cord to the extremities.

Cervical radiculopathy which involves nerves that provide strength to your arms. If your cervical nerves are involved you may experience neck pain that is chronic, paresthesia, numbness in the upper extremities, weakness in the arms, and hands.

 

How is paresthesia diagnosed?

It is important to visit a doctor if you experience chronic and persistent paresthesia without any evident cause.

Provide all your history and physical exam. You should mention any kind of activities to the doctor which are repetitive in behavior. You should also tell the doctor if you are an athlete.

The doctor will consider other health conditions of your body which will be helpful in making a final diagnosis. For example, if you have diabetes the doctor will make sure you have any nerve damage like neuropathy.

You will undergo a complete physical exam. It will also include the neurological exam also. Blood tests might be needed to check any deficiencies which might be causing you weakness.

If you have a problem in your spine or neck you will be asked to perform X rays, CT scan or MRI scans.

 

What is the treatment for paresthesia?

The main goal of the treatment is to treat any abnormal underlying conditions. In the absence of any evident cause, the best treatment is to change the lifestyle for example in the case of repetitive movements which result in injury. Physical therapy can be useful too.

You can treat the symptoms at home by over-the-counter medications but getting a professional help is recommended.

 

The bottom line

Mild paresthesia is common and should go away on its own without any specific treatment. However, if your condition is severe and you experience other symptoms with it, getting the professional help from a doctor is recommended.

It Is always helpful if you indulge in regular exercises. Stretching can also help. If you sit in one place for longer times, try to move on regular intervals and rest more often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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