A 22-year-old female asked:
why is the tip of my middle finger numb? also, i wake up every morning with both hands tingling... i recently started prep cooking in a restaurant.
3 doctor answers
Dr. Phil Chen answered
26 years experience Family Medicine
Need to see a doctor: This could be either neck problem or possible carpal tunnel syndrome. You need to see a doctor to get a completely neurological examination. Did you ever had neck injury during sports or motor vehicle accident in the past? If you did, it is possible the numbness related to the neck injury. If you did not it is possible carpal tunnel. I still recommend you to see a doctor to rule out other causes.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis answered
38 years experience Family Medicine
Carpal tunnel?: May be symptoms of early carpal tunnel syndrome [cts] from repetitive hand/wrist motions with knives, etc. Wrist is u-shaped tunnel, closed over by flexor retinaculum (see image) thru which nerves & tendons pass. Overuse causes swelling —> compression of median nerve —> numbness/tingling . Nsaids (aleve/etc) & wrist brace/splints can help. If not improved, see fp/orthopedics/hand specialist.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Robert Coats II answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
May b carpal tunnel: Numbness and tingling in the hand is often caused by carpal tunnel syndrome (cts). The long finger is often the first affected and a change in activities or vocation, can bring about symptoms. Try anti-inflammatory medications and night splints first. If symptoms persist, see a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for oral/injectable steroids and/or therapy. Surgery may be required.
Answered on Oct 10, 2015
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