Does anyone else have issues with the watch causing burning in arm?

ssledoux

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I have tried having an AW multiple times, but if I wear it most of the day (and sometimes within a short time of putting it on), I have what feels like a warm, light pain feeling that goes up my arm.

As SOON as I take it off it goes away.

I have the cellular model, but currently do not have the cellular connected. I’m wondering if it’s because it is thicker and a little heavier (I feel like the only one I never had this problem with was my series 1), and it just seems like it digs into that nerve just enough to cause issues.

Am I the only one with this problem? IDK what to do, but wearing the watch all the time isn’t looking promising.
 

KarimLeVallois

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I have tried having an AW multiple times, but if I wear it most of the day (and sometimes within a short time of putting it on), I have what feels like a warm, light pain feeling that goes up my arm.

As SOON as I take it off it goes away.

I have the cellular model, but currently do not have the cellular connected. I’m wondering if it’s because it is thicker and a little heavier (I feel like the only one I never had this problem with was my series 1), and it just seems like it digs into that nerve just enough to cause issues.

Am I the only one with this problem? IDK what to do, but wearing the watch all the time isn’t looking promising.
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-watch-causing-slight-pain-in-arm.1880533/page-8
 

ssledoux

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Seems like most people in the thread just made fun of the OP asking the question. I know this isn’t in my head, so I’m wondering if anyone has any real thoughts as to why this could be happening.

My watch band isn’t too tight - if I loosened it another notch, it wouldn’t detect heart rate at all. I can fit my pinky and ring finger under the band when fastened. I’m not concerned it’s a clot or other issue since it doesn’t bother me when I am NOT wearing the watch.

Just wondered if there were others that had experienced this and what, if anything, they did about it.
 

KarimLeVallois

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Seems like most people in the thread just made fun of the OP asking the question. I know this isn’t in my head, so I’m wondering if anyone has any real thoughts as to why this could be happening.

My watch band isn’t too tight - if I loosened it another notch, it wouldn’t detect heart rate at all. I can fit my pinky and ring finger under the band when fastened. I’m not concerned it’s a clot or other issue since it doesn’t bother me when I am NOT wearing the watch.

Just wondered if there were others that had experienced this and what, if anything, they did about it.
Not everyone is making fun of the OP, I linked to the page where someone (post #187) gives a good reason why it could be happening.
 

Newtons Apple

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I have tried having an AW multiple times, but if I wear it most of the day (and sometimes within a short time of putting it on), I have what feels like a warm, light pain feeling that goes up my arm.

As SOON as I take it off it goes away.

I have the cellular model, but currently do not have the cellular connected. I’m wondering if it’s because it is thicker and a little heavier (I feel like the only one I never had this problem with was my series 1), and it just seems like it digs into that nerve just enough to cause issues.

Am I the only one with this problem? IDK what to do, but wearing the watch all the time isn’t looking promising.
Did you wear a watch before the AW? Some people just can not tolerate wearing a watch. I notice little difference in my AW2 and AW3 LTE.
 

BigMcGuire

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Are you using a 3rd party band? I spent $9.99 for a band on Amazon that made my wrist turn red and burn like fire. May not be related, but thought I'd mention it.

I know my skin is fairly sensitive. When I got married my ring had holes under the band to allow light to shine through it -- these would get impacted with soapy water, dead skin, etc... and cause major problems with my ring finger --- ended up having to use a brush on it daily and/or drop it into hydrogen peroxide.

Try taking a wet paper towel and scrub down the inside of the band --- try soap depending on the band you have. This helped me a lot.

But that warm feeling I get near instantly with the cheap Amazon bands - turns into burning later on. :/ --- I don't get this with Apple bands or leather.
 

sclawis300

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I had some discomfort in my arm at first. I don’t feel anything anymore. Just kind of had to push through it for a week or two. Probably not even that long.
 

Newtons Apple

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Are you using a 3rd party band? I spent $9.99 for a band on Amazon that made my wrist turn red and burn like fire. May not be related, but thought I'd mention it.

I know my skin is fairly sensitive. When I got married my ring had holes under the band to allow light to shine through it -- these would get impacted with soapy water, dead skin, etc... and cause major problems with my ring finger --- ended up having to use a brush on it daily and/or drop it into hydrogen peroxide.

Try taking a wet paper towel and scrub down the inside of the band --- try soap depending on the band you have. This helped me a lot.

But that warm feeling I get near instantly with the cheap Amazon bands - turns into burning later on. :/ --- I don't get this with Apple bands or leather.
Yep and friend got a band from Amazon and it caused a rash in just a few hours. It took weeks for it to go away.
 
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ssledoux

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Did you wear a watch before the AW? Some people just can not tolerate wearing a watch. I notice little difference in my AW2 and AW3 LTE.
I did; a Michael Kors, so not a really lightweight one either.
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Are you using a 3rd party band? I spent $9.99 for a band on Amazon that made my wrist turn red and burn like fire. May not be related, but thought I'd mention it.

I know my skin is fairly sensitive. When I got married my ring had holes under the band to allow light to shine through it -- these would get impacted with soapy water, dead skin, etc... and cause major problems with my ring finger --- ended up having to use a brush on it daily and/or drop it into hydrogen peroxide.

Try taking a wet paper towel and scrub down the inside of the band --- try soap depending on the band you have. This helped me a lot.

But that warm feeling I get near instantly with the cheap Amazon bands - turns into burning later on. :/ --- I don't get this with Apple bands or leather.
All Apple sport bands, and it’s not my skin or anything; it feels like a nerve going from the area where my watch is up almost to my shoulder.

No discoloration or anything on my skin or redness or anything anywhere around the watch; all just inside my arm.
 
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Lennyvalentin

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Am I the only one with this problem?
I don't know if what you experienced is exactly what I had, but when I first started wearing my Watch (left wrist), it took maybe a few days or a few weeks I'm not sure, and then I started experiencing increasingly severe ache in my forearm and wrist, to the point I couldn't lift stuff from high kitchen cabinet shelves without serious pain and discomfort.

I found this very strange, because I've worn watches before, almost my entire life in fact, and many of them were big, heavy Casio G-Shock type watches. So I switched the Watch over to my right wrist, and everything's been fine ever since; the ache wore off over a period of time and hasn't returned.

My own speculation is that the protruding pulse sensor of the Apple Watch must have pinched some nerve in my left arm, and either my right arm's nerve is less sensitive or is otherwise located differently so it is not getting pinched.

So, try switching wrist, it might help. You can turn the watch case around if you like so the crown still points towards your hand; there's a setting in the iphone Watch app to set which wrist you wear the watch and also flip the screen upside down, and the armband can fit the Watch case in either orientation too.
 

cobracnvt

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I switched to one of the cloth bands with the velcro closure and find my watch much more comfortable. It's infinitely adjustable versus pre-determined hole spacing, breathes and is makes the watch feel much lighter.
 
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