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    What could be causing numbness in my forearm?

    The numbness in part of my right forearm…
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    Anonymous

    numbness in part of left forearm

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    Dr Ryan Hislop

    Chiropractor

    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    Numbness is an indicator that the nerves supplying that area of your left forearm are not relaying their signal back to the brain. This can be due to a variety reasons; and may include systemic or local factors.

    Numbness should be a signal for you to seek a professional, as it almost always suggests that there is significant reason behind the symptom. It ranges from systemic causes such as diabetes or lupus, to more local conditions such as nerve entrapments such as carpel tunnel or pronator teres syndrome. 

    The list of things that can cause numbness into the forearm is far greater than this forum allows; therefore I would strongly recommend that you have this looked at by your primary health care provider. 

    This website elaborates on the intricies of numbness: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003206.htm 

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    Dr Anita Clerke

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    Northside Hand & Upper Limb clinic has been operating for over 18 years in the northern suburbs of Brisbane and Caboolture. It is staffed by … View Profile

    There are three peripheral nerves which innnervate the forearm. They can be compressed locally or more centrally. Sensory disturbances can be caused by compression syndromes, or by nerve or vascular diseases, or by toxic neuropathies. If the numbness is accompanied by motor problems they are less easily reversed. Please seek help soon. Hand Therapy can assist in diagnosis with a Neurometer (TM) and other clinical tests and with therapy interventions if the cause is of a peripheral origins. If your particular symptoms are not eleviated by hand therapy then you may need to seek the services of a surgeon. The earlier you are seen the more likelihood of an excellent recovery if it is simply a compression neuropathy.

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