Right Arm Numbness

Right Arm Numbness

right arm numbness
right arm numbness

In the majority of the situations, the right arm numbness is not associated with a particular medical condition. However, there are plenty of cases in which a simple injury might lead to such problems or you might be taken certain medication that can cause numbness in this area as a side-effect. It is important, when such things happens, that you pay attention to the other additional symptoms you might experience. Right arm numbness is clearly an abnormal or an altered sensation and it can affect only the proximal part of the arm or the entire length.

It has been said that whenever there is a temporary or permanent shortage of the blood supply, there is also an increased possibility for numbness in certain areas of the body, the arm included. There are also minor things that you are doing and you are not even realizing that they can lead to numbness in the right arm. Poor posture is just one of the many examples that could be given and you will surely discover many more causes by reading the following paragraphs.

Causes of Right arm numbness

These are the most common causes that can lead to the appearance of right arm numbness:

  • Restriction of circulatory blood flow – depending on our occupation, we may have to spend a lot of time sitting at a desk and not moving. The right arm is particularly affected in those who use a computer, as they tend to stay with the arm fixed on the mouse and the blood flow is restricted. Often times, the right arm numbness is accompanied by a wide range of other symptoms, forming what is known as the carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Vitamin deficiency – the right arm can become numb in case you do not have enough of the following vitamins and minerals in your body: B12, potassium, sodium or calcium. These are all related to muscle functioning, so you can see why their lack can cause the right arm to become numb
  • Medication – right arm numbness can appear as a side-effect after taking certain types of medication
  • Large alcohol intake can lead to nerve damage and numbness will appear after a short period of time
  • Smoking has the same effect as drinking alcohol
  • Radiation therapy frequently causes numbness in different areas of the body, the right arm included
  • Allergies – seafood is particularly allergenic and it can cause numbness not just in the oral area but also in the arms as well, the right arm included
  • Insect bites – fleas, ticks, spiders, bed bugs can cause right arm numbness when they bite. You will be notice the marks where they have bitten
  • Traumas and injuries – these can affect the blood flow circulation
  • Frostbites
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Pinched nerves in the back or neck – these can lead to right arm numbness
  • Herniated discs cause right arm numbness
  • Infected or scarred tissue can also affect the vessels that vascularize the right arm, leading to numbness
  • Viral infections, such as herpes zoster
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke


These are the most common courses of treatment for the right arm numbness:

  • Emergency medical treatment (perfusion with stroke medication) in case of right arm numbness caused by a stroke
  • Emergency medical treatment and surgical intervention in case of traumas and injuries
  • Neurological medication for right arm numbness appearing within a neurological disorder
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements for existing deficiencies
  • Change of medication to remove existing side-effects
  • Quit alcohol drinking and smoking
  • Eliminate allergenic foods from the diet
  • Topical creams for insect bites and anti-inflammatory medication for the inflammation and numbness
  • Graduate warm applications for frostbites
  • Specific medication and minor surgical intervention for atherosclerosis
  • Treatment of pinched nerves and herniated discs through physical therapy and surgery
  • Plastic surgery for scarred tissues
  • Anti-viral medication for viral infections
  • Physical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome. Occupational therapy can also help to identify more effective methods for working on the computer and using the mouse without further hurting your wrist
  • Anti-inflammatory medication for migraines
  • Hormone therapy for thyroid problems
  • Specific treatment for diabetes

Home remedies

  • Exercise and move your arms in all possible plans at least two times a day
  • Application of warm compresses to the affected areas can help
  • Do not overwork the arm and choose a sleeping position that is comfortable (do not sleep on the affected arm as this can aggravate the numbness)
  • Change your diet, including more fresh fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water to hydrate the body. Choose foods that are rich in B12, calcium and potassium.
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