Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Arm Tingling (both arms) Overview

Another name for Arm Tingling (both arms) is Tingling of the Arms (bilateral).

What is tingling of the arms (bilateral)?
A person with tingling of the arms (bilateral) has an abnormal feeling or sensation on the surface of the skin in both arms. A variety of neurological diseases, spinal cord disease, herniated disk, and peripheral neuropathy, may cause arm tingling. Additional causes of arm tingling include a neck injury, diabetic neuropathy, and alcoholic neuropathy.

What are the symptoms of tingling of the arms (bilateral)?
Symptoms that may occur with tingling of the arms include skin rash, dry skin, cool or mottled skin, increased sensitivity to touch, arm pain (bilateral), arm numbness (bilateral), and arm weakness (bilateral).

How does the doctor treat tingling of the arms (bilateral)?
The treatment for arm tingling depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for arm tingling may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, or vitamin supplements. Medications that may be used to treat painful symptoms of arm tingling include narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, tricyclic antidepressants, and anticonvulsant medications.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Arm Tingling (both arms) References
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