What other symptoms might occur with arm weakness?

Arm weakness may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Musculoskeletal symptoms that may occur along with arm weakness

Arm weakness may accompany other symptoms affecting the musculoskeletal system including:

  • Arm lump
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Reduced mobility (range of motion of the joints)
  • Shoulder, arm, hand or finger pain
  • Swollen joints

Neurological symptoms that may occur along with arm weakness

Arm weakness may accompany other symptoms affecting the nervous system (brain, nerves, and spinal cord) including:

  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Paralysis

Other symptoms that may occur along with arm weakness

Arm weakness may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Itching
  • Malaise or lethargy
  • Redness, warmth or swelling

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, arm weakness may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition, such as a stroke or serious infection, that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Garbled or slurred speech
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part
  • Sudden weakness, numbness, or tingling on one side of the body
  • Vision changes or vision loss
  • Worst headache of your life

What is arm weakness?

Arm weakness refers to a loss of strength in the arm and the inability to move an arm because of decreased muscle strength. It can happen spontaneously or progress slowly over time. Weakness in the arm may occur on one or both sides of the body, may accompany weakness in other parts of the body, and may occur with a variety other symptoms, including arm pain. If you have arm weakness, you may h... Read more about arm weaknessintroduction


What causes arm weakness?

Arm weakness can arise from a variety of events or disorders that affect the muscles, bones, joints, nervous system, or metabolism. Arm weakness can be accompanied by more generalized weakness, such as is common with certain hereditary disorders, or it may be the result of a specific injury to the arm.

Musculoskeletal causes of arm weakness

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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