Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tingling of One Arm Overview

Another name for Tingling of One Arm is Tingling of the Arm (unilateral).

What is tingling of the arm (unilateral)?
A person with tingling of the arm (unilateral) has an abnormal feeling or sensation on the surface of the skin in one arm. A variety of neurological diseases, such as stroke, spinal cord disease, herniated disk, and peripheral neuropathy, may cause arm tingling. Additional causes of arm tingling include a neck injury, cervical spondylosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, and alcoholic neuropathy.

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

How does the doctor treat tingling of the arm (unilateral)?
The treatment for tingling of the arm depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for tingling of the arm may include a neck brace, an arm splint, a sling, 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.

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