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Mt Sinai, NY
A 29-year-old male asked:

How do you figure out if tingling in my left hand is coming from the ulnar/median nerve, neck, or thoracic spine? how do you figure out what nerve?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
A Verified Doctoranswered
Urgent Care 21 years experience
See MD promptly: You need a full exam in the clinic by a physician to figure this out. Tingling in the extremity can be caused by systemic diseases such as diabetes and several other causes. This is why your physician will take a careful history. When tingling is unilateral and fits into the sensory distribution of a peripheral nerve, a physician considers dermatomes to determine which nerve to study. See MD ASAP.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Exam, studies: Each nerve has a specific distribution and so a detailed physical exam goes a long way in determining the likely diagnosis. We then will often use a test called a nerve conduction test which then tests each specific nerve and this can tell specifically which nerve is affected and where as well.
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Last updated Feb 25, 2016


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